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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #15 on: Jun 16, 2007, 10:51 pm »
Tile floor:   paint pens.   Lotsa colors.  Latex/water based so that you can later clean it off with goo gone/409/nearly any solvent and a clean cloth.   Then cover with clear packing tape so that when all those students drag their chairs across the floor, they pick up with tape and not the spike.   Replace clear tape as needed to preserve spike.   (n.b.:  paint pen may not clean off other floor surface, test removability first.)

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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #16 on: Jun 18, 2007, 09:12 am »
Ack Ack!

Keep your paint pens and clear packing tape away from my marley floor!!

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We use only spike tape (both paper and gaff style) and clear marley tape.

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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #17 on: Jul 03, 2007, 04:59 pm »
Watch out with packing tape because it often reflects lights because it's so slick/shiny, and that can get obnoxious in some situations. However it usually will do the job just fine... and it's not all that expensive!  ;)

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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #18 on: Jul 13, 2007, 04:11 am »
Clear packing tape has served me very well. I wouldn't recomend it for tile, but for outdoor applications I have had a great deal of sucess with spray acrylic or spray varnish. This works very well if there is going to be a lot of water around.

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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #19 on: Jul 31, 2007, 08:31 pm »
Clear packing tape should work if you're careful, another option is electrical tape instead of spike tape.

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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #20 on: Jul 31, 2007, 09:32 pm »
  Also, keep in mind that packing tape (at least the adhesive) can melt and fuse with some floors.  Have had it happen with 2 wooden floors, not sure about tile.  I'm guessing the wrong kind of tape and floor mixed with long periods of hot lights shinning on it.  Long story short, both times were ridiculously long strike days scraping every piece of packing tape up.

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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #21 on: Aug 01, 2007, 09:06 am »
I must say again- NO CLEAR PACKING TAPE on MARLEY FLOOR!

Clear marley tape only!

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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #22 on: Aug 01, 2007, 09:28 am »
Balletdork,

   Completely agree with you about packing tape on marley.  On tile/some wooden floors, however, it's definitely an option, but as I have found out, with some definite downsides.

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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #23 on: Aug 05, 2007, 01:46 pm »
On wooden/painted floors, I have also used plain matte finish Scotch tape to give the spikes more longevity, without the glare that clear packing tape leaves.  It doesn't stay quite as well, but it's always on my preshow checklist to check the spikes anyways.   

I've also had some success with glow paint.  I did A Delicate Balance this past year, and the designers were very set against seeing big strips of glow tape in the refined living room set.  Some structural set elements, I was allowed to paint right onto, while other nicer pieces of furniture I put down a piece of the matte Scotch tape, then a fine line of glow paint on top.  The best was this faux marble table that one of my actresses had to cross past the downstage edge in blackout to get offstage--my compromise with the designer was that I painted a bit of my glow paint into the veining, so that it gave just enough of a glow for the actress to see it.

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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #24 on: Aug 06, 2007, 09:00 am »
You ARE a SMarty! I'll have to check out the glow-paint...

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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #25 on: Oct 16, 2007, 02:31 am »
Ack Ack!
Keep your paint pens and clear packing tape away from my marley floor!!
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We use only spike tape (both paper and gaff style) and clear marley tape.

Paint pen was offered specifically as a solution on a *tile* floor.  I would never dream of using that on dance flooring.

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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #26 on: Nov 11, 2007, 11:05 pm »
Use the clear packing tape but then plan a few hours to take some rubbing alcohol to the residue when you transfer from the rehearsal room to the performance space.  (I usually save this lovely job the ASM who has done the least amount of work thus far.)
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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #27 on: Jul 16, 2013, 09:22 am »
I've worked with an SM who covered all of her spikes with clear hockey tape... seemed to hold up pretty well!
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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #28 on: Jul 28, 2013, 09:53 pm »
It wouldn't be effective for a tape out floor plan, but for running spikes and glow tape I've always used a quick rub of an elmers glue stick. I've never had a problem with it on wooden floors or Marley. It takes a little more effort to pull up, but I haven't ever damaged a floor (throws salt over shoulder).
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Re: Keeping Spike tape down...
« Reply #29 on: Oct 05, 2014, 12:29 pm »
Use Vinyl Floor Tape or Marley Tape to protect your spikes on marley floors.
http://www.norcostco.com/vinylfloortapeblack-2.aspx
Won't leave residue unless it's on there for years or experiences a lot of heat or sunlight.
Clear Packing tape can create slippery spots for dancers to dodge. Also, it's much more of a pain to deal with.

 

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