About Magnetic options

Flexible Magnetic Material provides an Easy way to create Custom Spice Storage

KEY Points about Versa-Tin® Flexible Magnetic Material

  • Flexible Magnetic Material is available in Sheets, Strips & Rounds

  • All Adhesive-back Flexible Magnetic Material is 60 mils thick. Most craft store sheet magnet is 30 mils thick.  Thickness determines the strength of flexible magnetic material—so 60 mil magnetic material holds more weight.

  • Only Spice Tins with NO magnet on the bottom will stick properly to flexible magnetic material.  A magnet-on-magnet connection is Weak.  A metal-on-magnet connection is Strong

  • Flexible Magnetic Material may be cut to size using regular scissors or a utility knife and T-Square

  • Flexible Magnetic Material may be cut (if necessary) and applied to the bottom of spice tins to create magnetic spice tins from non-magnetic ones. [Note: our Flexible Magnetic material has been tested specifically for use with Versa-Tin® spice tins—their dimensions & weight. Other brands have not been tested. Please feel free to contact us with questions about your specific use and we are glad to assist.

  • Installing Flexible Magnetic material is not recommended for Drywall (painted or not) because the surface is too porous. Any installation on drywall would have to be with a more permanent adhesive such as Liquid Nail which can be purchased at your local hardware or Big Box store.

  • Flexible Magnetic Sheets are available with Adhesive on 1 side or Magnet on both sides

  • Material with Adhesive on 1 side can be adhered to any non-porous surface, such as the inside of a kitchen cabinet, a pantry door, a piece of hardboard (pegboard material with no holes)

  • Material with Magnet on both sides can be stuck on any metal surface that attracts magnets, like a fridge

Details and Images for each option can be found below. Questions ?  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or to run your ideas by us. We’re here to help you achieve your dream spice storage solution!


DIFFERENT CUTS OF FLEXIBLE MAGNET

flexible magnetic sheets

Magnetic Sheets create a smooth, seamless look to your Magnetic Spice Storage.  Sheets are available in two formats—Adhesive on 1 side and Double-sided Magnetic Sheets.

Adhesive on 1 side Sheets can be applied to any non-porous, solid, flat surface, such as cabinets, doors, and hardboard sheets. Information on Installing Adhesive Backed Sheets is here.

Install a Flexible Magnetic Sheet inside a kitchen cabinet.

Install a Flexible Magnetic Sheet inside a kitchen cabinet.

Organize your spices with non-magnetic spice tins.

Organize your spices with non-magnetic spice tins.

Sabrina S. from Connecticut glued a sheet to her wall and added decorative trim. Read more about her project.

Sabrina S. from Connecticut glued a sheet to her wall and added decorative trim. Read more about her project.

Darinka H. of California made a shelf unit with magnetic backing

Darinka H. of California made a shelf unit with magnetic backing

Double-sided Magnetic Sheets are different than all other Flexible Magnetic materials on this site. Double-sided Magnetic Sheets are 30 mils thick (compared to the 60 mils thickness of the adhesive-backed.

These sheets simply stick to a refrigerator or other metal surface that attracts magnets. A non-movable surface (the side of the refrigerator vs. the refrigerator door) is recommended. Then non-magnetic spice tins will stick to it. And despite the 30 mil thickness, the sheet will hold a 16 oz. Applause filled with sugar that weighs 1 lb. Again, a stationary surface is recommended.

Renters find these to be a great way of making spice storage space without drilling holes in the wall of their units. See other Ideas for Renters in our Spice Rack Ideas section

Double-sided Magnetic Sheet on side of Refrigerator

Click to see Ideas for Renters in our Spice Rack Ideas section


Flexible Magnetic Strip

Flexible Magnetic Strip can be applied to any non-porous, solid, flat surface, such as cabinets, doors, and hardboard sheets.  When purchasing Flexible Magnetic Strip, choose a width that will provide the maximum ‘metal on magnet’. For example, if your spice tin is 2¼" in diameter, choose a 2" strip rather than a 1½" strip. More strip width is better.

In 2006, Custom Magnetic Spice Racks was conceived

In 2006, Custom Magnetic Spice Racks was conceived

in my own kitchen, organizing my own spice cabinet mess!

in my own kitchen, organizing my own spice cabinet mess!


Flexible Magnetic Rounds

Flexible Magnetic Rounds can be used 2 ways:

  • they can be applied to the bottom of non-magnetic spice tins to make them magnetic

  • they can be applied to any non-porous, solid, flat surface, such as cabinets, doors, and hardboard sheets. Each round would be the “home base” for a single tin.

When purchasing Flexible Magnetic Rounds, choose a size that will provide the maximum coverage.

The Flexible Magnetic Rounds we offer have been sourced and tested specifically for use with Versa-Tin® spice tins. No other tins have been tested or can be guaranteed to work.

Installation is easy.

  • Simply peel off the backing paper and apply to tin or prepared surface.

  • If applying to tin bottom, once you’ve put the magnet on the bottom, turn the magnet side to the counter/table top and gently press to ensure good adhesion. Applying to much pressure might crush your tin.

  • If applying to a prepared surface,

    • read the section below PREPARE YOUR SURFACE and do so, then

    • Read the section below INSTALLATION


Installing Flexible Magnetic Material

NOTE: These directions are most appropriate for installing Sheets or Strip.

Please see specific directions for the Flexible Magnetic Rounds above in the section about them.

PREPARE YOUR SURFACE

In order for the adhesive to contact the surface, the substrate must be dry and free of any surface contaminants. Dust and other loose particles can be wiped off with a clean cloth, blown off with an airjet, or removed with a tack cloth. Sometimes it may be necessary to remove loosely bonded coatings (i.e., paint) by scraping or with an abrasive such as sandpaper or steel wool.

Our information sheet, Fundamental Practices for Achieving Good Adhesion, provides additional information about surface preparation, uneven surfaces and may be downloaded here. Additionally, the Installation Instructions, seen below, can be downloaded here.

WHEN YOUR FLEXIBLE MAGNETIC SHEET or strip ARRIVES

DO NOT UNROLL IT. It is made of iron powder mixed with a polymer. It is stiff and can crack, if unrolled when cold. Bring it to Room Temperature.

SOFTEN AND FLATTEN BEFORE YOU INSTALL

BEFORE UNROLLING IT, WARM IT UP

  • If the weather is warm, you can set it out in a sunny spot

  • Use a hairdryer for 5-10 minutes to warm it

While it is warm, SPREAD IT OUT, DARK SIDE DOWN, on a towel or carpeted floor and encourage it to flatten out.  Apply more heat with hair dryer as necessary.

INSTALLATION

Measure the space where you want the Sheet to go.  If it needs cutting consider the following tools

  • Regular Scissors will work, but getting a clean edge won’t be as easy

  • Use a T-Square with a utility knife.  Press down while cutting to ensure the T-Square doesn’t move as you move the knife down the T-Square (not necessary for strip)

Lay the Flexible Sheet onto the mounting space (before removing the paper backing) to be sure you’ve cut it to the right size

Peel back the paper backing.  Some people find it easier to just peel a little back at a time, pressing the sheet as you go.

After the sheet is in the proper place, apply pressure.  Pressure is what encourages the adhesive to migrate to the mounting surface.  Consider the following tools for applying pressure…

  • a rolling pin

  • a J-Tool (found at hardware stores, normally used for applying laminate)

  • a soup can (or other can without ridges on the top or bottom)

  • even your hand can apply some pressure

Allow to cure (adhesive migrates to mounting surface) for 24 hours

Removing Flexible Magnetic Material

Perhaps you’ve moved and you want to use flexible magnetic material for your custom magnetic spice rack, but your tins are all magnetic. Or perhaps you’re trying to purchase a particular size of non-magnetic tins, but only magnetic are available in the size you want.

You can easily turn your magnetic tins into non-magnetic tins by following these easy steps:

  • Remove the lid from your magnet tin and turn the tin upside down on a flat surface.

  • Use a hairdryer to apply heat to the magnet. The heat will soften the adhesive that keeps the magnet on the bottom of the tin.

  • Use your fingers, a fork, or any tool that will help you to lift the edge of the magnet. Apply more heat as necessary and pull the softened magnet off the tin.

 
  • Remove any residual adhesive from the bottom of the tin with lighter fuel (preferred) or your favorite adhesive remover. [Caution: Many of the adhesive removers you buy in stores will damage the window lid of the tin. That is why lighter fuel is preferred.]

If you want to remove adhesive-backed flexible magnetic material from kitchen cabinet doors or other surfaces, follow the steps above. Results can vary depending on the porosity and grain of the surface.

If you are considering applying flexible magnetic material to cabinets or other surface where you will likely want to remove it without damage (rather than leave it permanently), read above.