How To Tape (Chest Binding)
Portrait orientation directions can be found at the bottom of this page.
Please test tape on skin twice for 24-48 hours each before use in sensitive areas, in case of unexpected skin reaction, or order our skin test strip kit before purchasing a roll.
Apply to clean dry skin. Tape may take up to 30 minutes to set on the skin, which means it can be easily removed or adjusted if initial placement is not satisfactory. For best binding results, see these instructions. DO NOT WRAP AROUND THE ENTIRE CHEST OR RIBCAGE. You may wear a binder over it to help it set in the ideal shape, as the tape can be safely worn with a binder without constricting the ribs more than the binder would on its own.
While this tape can be removed by most simply by soaking in warm water, for those with sensitive skin it is best to remove with natural oils like almond, grapeseed, coconut, olive or even canola or corn oil (we suggest avoiding petroleum products like baby oil if you do not want to risk increasing estogen levels). Slowly peel away in same direction as applied and avoid going against the grain of your body hair. When used on chests, we recommend wearing for 3-5 days so that the adhesive can weaken before removal. Tape is easiest to peel off with minimal residue after working out or sweating! To avoid additional pain during removal, apply our nip covers over nipples before putting tape on.
GenderBender Extra Soft Body Tape is safe for binding as long as it is not wrapped around the entire chest - see directions above. Taping can be better than a traditional binder as it does not restrict, constrict or compress your body or organs at all. Taping allows for full range of motion, mobility and breathing. It is more discreet than binding as it does not cover the back, chest or shoulders (as seen here) and is generally not visible under your garments. The wave pattern of the adhesive provides a strong bond that is breathable and less irritating than full coverage adhesive. This tape we have developed is MUCH softer and more comfortable than other binding tapes sold on the market, because it is made with fine nylon rather than rough cotton or polyester, and should only have 10-15% stretch as compared to the 35% stretch in TransapeTM which can lead to painful blistering, scarring and skin irritation from over-stretching during application. For best results on chest, after applying to the inner breast, use one hand to flatten the tissue into the desired shape while rolling the remaining tape onto your side without stretching it as pictured above. To avoid additional pain during removal, apply our nip covers over nipples before applying tape.
We also offer a zero stretch option for drag that acheives a very flat bind, but the adhesive is super strong so we only recommend it for performers & short term use!
We offer small Skin Test Kits to try on if you are concerned about skin reactions, for those who have had trouble with body tapes in the past. We use medical grade acrylic adhesive, so allergy is uncommon, but discomfort is still possible for those with very sensitive skin. Please try twice for 24 hours before use in sensitive areas. This sample strip will not be large enough to use for binding. We want people to buy a whole roll for that attempt, because it takes time to perfect individual application technique, so we don't want people to think that it doesn't work for them after trying only once.
Portrait version of the instructions are below: