Magnetic Material Basics
Choose Magnet when you add Spice Tins to your Shopping Cart: When adding Spice Tins to your Shopping Cart, you will see a dropdown box. Use this box to choose between Standard Magnetic Strip, Precut Magnetic Rounds applied to the Spice Tin Bottoms, No Magnetic Material in the Set. You can also Magnetic Material separately in your Shopping Cart.
You only need one magnetic option. You don't need the strip and the precut rounds. A magnet to magnet connection is very weak. A metal to magnet connection is strong. If you put magnet on the bottom of your tins and put them on a magnetic surface, you will not be happy with the results. Either put the magnet on a surface OR on the tins--not both.
If you already have a magnetic surface on which to place your tins, you can choose to have no magnetic material shipped with your tins. Please be aware that magnet strengths vary. There is a possibility that your magnetic surface is not strong enough to hold your tins. Consider testing it before committing all your tins to it.
How long with the magnet last? All of our flexible magnets are permanent magnets--remaining magnetized indefinitely, if not subjected to a demagnetizing force. The adhesive found on flexible magnetic materials varies.
Peel and Stick Adhesive. All our magnetic material has a paper-backed adhesive side for easy peel 'n' stick application. Magnetic strips have an outdoor grade adhesive. Precut rounds and mangetic sheet have indoor grade adhesive. This does not mean these will not be as reliable as the strip. It simply means that, in our testing, the weight of the filled tins was amply supported by the indoor grade and, therefore, the additional cost to our customers was not warranted.
Cutting the Magnetic Material. Whether you choose Magnetic Strip or Magnet Sheet for your magnetic solution, they can easily by cut to meet your size requirements. All you need is a regular pair of scissors.
How Strong is Flexible Magnetic Material? A picture is worth a thousand words! The 16 oz. Applause (at the bottom of the image) has a Precut Round on the bottom and is stuck on the side of a refrigerator. It is filled with granulated sugar. It weighs 1 lb. 1 oz. holding approx. 2 cups of sugar. The magnetic material holds this securely.
Applying Flexible Magnetic Materials to a Flat Surface: The adhesive back of the magnetic material is pressure-sensitive. To achieve maximum adhesion when applying the material to a flat surface, 10-20 lbs of pressure must be applied. The 'best way' to apply this pressure is by using a "J" roller. A "J" Roller is a tool used for putting down laminate. You can add one to your Shopping Cart or purchase one at your local do-it-yourself home improvement store. You may also apply pressure with a rolling pin. After you have mounted the strip or sheet on a vertical surface, such as a pantry door or cabinet door, be sure to let is cure for 24 hours before putting any spice tins on it.
Drywall: It is not recommended to install magnetic material on pourous surfaces, such as painted drywall. It is likely that over time, the magnetic material will begin to lose its grip on those surfaces. If you need to install magnetic material on a wall, it is recommended to install it on another surface, such as a piece of hardboard, plywood or other rigid non-porous surface, and attach the piece to the wall. Alternatively, consider installing a metal panel, such as a MagBoard, to the wall. Our MagBoard is available in Brushed Stainless Steel and 10 decorator colors.
Grouted Tile Wall: Magnetic material adheres nicely to tile. Grout lines, however, create gaps where the magnetic material cannot made contact. This creates a weak installation. For grouted tile walls, it is recommended to consider adhering magnetic rounds to the tiles (each tin would have its own 'home') or installing the magnetic material on another surface, such as a piece of hardboard, plywood or othe rigid, flat, non-porous surface, and attaching it to the wall.
Applying Flexible Magnetic Material to the Bottom of Tins: If you choose to apply magnetic material yourself, do not use pressure when applying magnetic to bottom of your tins. You may damage the tins. Press the magnet on firmly. Do not press hard.
Removing Flexible Magnetic Materials: If you need to remove the magnetic materials for any reason, it is recommended to use an adhesive solvent, such as Goof-Off to aid in the process. Peel back a small corner from the top of your applied magnetic material. Drip some of the solvent behind it. Begin to gently pull. Add more solvent as necessary. Note: You may remove some of the finished surface of cabinets, walls or doors. Slow removal and solvent will reduce the likelihood of damaging the vertical surface.