Duct Tape, Kentucky Chrome, Duck Tape, riggers' tape, hurricane tape, or 100-mph tape, whatever you want to call it, it is a water resistant, grease and oil resistant tape that can be used to fix just about anything. Duct Tape is a polyethylene, reinforced, multi-purpose pressure sensitive tape with a soft and flexible shell and pressure sensitive adhesive. It has been used to fix guns, cars, and space vehicles. The MythBusters have used it to make bridges and boats, lift cars and even make a cannon.
Duct tape, or duck tape, is cloth- or scrim-backed pressure sensitive tape often coated with polyethylene. There are a variety of constructions using different backings and adhesives. One variation is gaffer tape designed to be cleanly removed, while duct tape is not. Another variation is heat-resistant duct tape useful for sealing heating and ventilation (HVAC) ducts, produced because standard duct tape fails quickly when used on heating ducts. Duct tape is generally silver or black but also available in other colors. In 1942 Revolite, then a division of Johnson & Johnson, originally developed an adhesive tape made from a rubber-based adhesive applied to a durable duck cloth backing. This tape resisted water and was used as sealing tape on ammunition cases during World War II.
The invention of Duct Tape was by Johnson & Johnson Co. in 1942.