and mess free unlike some of these solutions.
Every brand of duct (and "Duck") tape I've used has dried up with time and left residue that's a nightmare to remove. That is, in actual application; oddly, it seems to remain viable/stable for many years if left on the roll stuck to itself.
The adhesive turns crystalline, powdery, and loses its grip on the tape. I often find the tape just hanging off of objects, with complete loss of adhesion, but it sure doesn't lose adhesion to the object in question. It won't simply flake or brush off, either. It's almost as if it bakes on, even in moderate temperature applications, though it is
worse in higher temps. It must bite into whatever object it's on, except for glass I guess. It takes forever to remove.
The only thing worse in my experience is double-sided foam tape, which is why I didn't include it in the poll, either.
The foam might be a good dampener, stuck one side only, but I'm not sure how long it would last. But upon removal, the foam typically tears because its adhesive is so dang stubborn/strong. I usually resort to using label adhesive remover (Chemtronics ES805) after having to scrape off the foam down to the adhesive layer, which is itself a pain. Can't use the chemicals on styrenes, and in those cases, removal takes forever and a day, pulling it off with masking tape. I think our panels are all made of ABS, though.
I agree about the tabs. A source of the noise is them rubbing against their sockets, so something needs to buffer them. What about instead of duct tape, some durable nylon cloth with 3M 77 or similar on one side? What about really thin leather pieces -- shouldn't they last a good while?