Bargain - Aluminium Foil Tape

Discussion in 'The Workshop' started by BrocadeKnight, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. BrocadeKnight

    BrocadeKnight Galactic Firework Addict

    Perhaps we should have a system of notifying each other of potential pyro-related bargains! Maybe threads starting with the word bargain!

    I've just bought 4, 100mm x 45m rolls of aluminium foil tape at £7.58 each from ToolStation. Sealants/Tapes/Aluminium Foil Tape 100mm x 50m/d180/sd2420/p53122
    vs. Screwfix, who were cheap on this 4/5years ago... now £16.99!
    And it's particularly nice because it's obviously sticky enough to adhere, but not so strong that it instantly welds to your skin, rips your finger prints off and become generally unmanagable!
    Found it via mobile google search and ToolStation mobile site showed me stock at nearest branch, the full website doesn't seem to want to show for 100mm width unless you log in.

    Don't know if anyone else uses it. It might be a hang-over from when I worked professionally. I've partly come to think it's an unnecessary extra expense/fuss, like additional waterproofing in a way. All extra time, effort and money. But then it's an insurance against crossfires, making a display messy and shorter. And it allows me to set up in a small area. Some cakes have a slightly foil-like top to them, but I'm not sure that in itself would prevent a large stray star burning through. But cakes with a layer of thick paper (almost cardboard) on top probably don't need the extra effort.

    I waterproof my pryo in parcel tape too, which some of you will probably think mental for. It takes an age, but I do it whilst fusing for electrical firing. Would have to make the igniters secure anyway. It saves having to do it all on the day. And I suppose the biggest potential benefit is if the weather was 50/50 and it suddenly heaved it down once the material was set out, I'd be relaxed knowing it was 100% tightly waterproof.

    However, I do think these additional layers can impede stars from smaller cakes, such as night vision/moving target. Last year I completely replaced the top packaging of some cakes with my foil&waterproof layers.
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  2. supercarnigel

    supercarnigel Pyro-King Staff Member

    LOL ok Rob but make sure your bargains are not fireworks :bravo:
  3. Pyro Daddy

    Pyro Daddy Guest

    All that just for foil tape! lol
    Great work Brocade Knight (bk), it always annoys me when you buy something small and consumable for a ridiculous price just out of convenience.
    But like Nigel says, no fireworks or anything else Galactic sell on their website.
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  4. BrocadeKnight

    BrocadeKnight Galactic Firework Addict

    Sure chaps! I meant practical stuff, not actual pyro.
  5. PyroBoris

    PyroBoris Galactic Firework Addict

    that's a nice find Brocade Knight (bk)!
  6. sausage74

    sausage74 Galactic Firework Enthusiast

    I just borrow the stuff for FREE from
  7. James

    James Administrator Staff Member

    Just wait 'til they want it back ;)
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  8. BrocadeKnight

    BrocadeKnight Galactic Firework Addict

    As preparation came up in another thread, I can report Toolstation is still selling 100mm x 50m aluminium foil tape at only £7.58! Longer roll than previous, going by my original post.
    And I still can't believe Screwfix was the cheapest a few years ago and now £16.99 for 96mm x 45m.
    Not that you lot need thus stuff... you mucky barebackers.
    Mmmmmm bareback... LOL sorry.
    (Mmmmmm always)
  9. Jinn Kyja

    Jinn Kyja Super Moderator Competition Meet 2018 Champion

    Posted in the Prep thread but I'll delete that 'cos it's better here:

    Lidl are selling 3M Universal Tape this 'week' (15/10 to 22/10) for £1.99...

    No reports of any foil tape this time but it was a day before official stock change so you might get lucky?
    ETA: Just checked the Lidl site and it might just be the Universal, can't find foil on there.

    I know galactic nigel the most famous man in pyroland (gal) sell gaffa so this might be a bit naughty, but I promise any money I saved will be spent on pyro!
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2015
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  10. Jinn Kyja

    Jinn Kyja Super Moderator Competition Meet 2018 Champion

    The Lidl 3m Gaffa Tape offer is back this Sunday, £1.99...Again, not sure about foil tape so I guess not.

    There's also a torch that looks half-decent if you need a spare but I'm only mentioning it in case there's no tape bargains to be had by the time you get there.
    I know most of you are all torched up, but I feel you can never have too many during clean-up.
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  11. ShaneFirework

    ShaneFirework Galactic Firework Enthusiast

    I prob need some of that tape like and stakes lol

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  12. Jinn Kyja

    Jinn Kyja Super Moderator Competition Meet 2018 Champion

    3M tape offer at Lidl again, tomorrow (8th Jan) onwards...

    They've got the Aluminium on offer again this time, if you get there early enough you might be lucky.
    The 3M duct tape isn't the best but will do if you use enough of it. (someone funnier than me said it's like string, you just tie your pyro to the stake lol)

    (This is a public service announcement, blatently stolen from over the road, and I know Galactic sell tape so please don't ban me etc etc)
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