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Personal logo Sigwald Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2016 5:46 p.m. PST

I have a few sterilite plastic lidded tubs and I want to glue magnetic sheeting to the inside bottoms for figure carriers but I'm not sure what adhesive would grab the plastic best. Anyone have any recommendations?

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian07 Jun 2016 5:59 p.m. PST

Can't you buy the magnetic sheeting that is adhesive-coated? I find that much more convenient.

Personal logo Sigwald Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2016 6:16 p.m. PST

That would probably be a lot neater. I'll look for that stuff. I have a 2'x1' roll left that doesn't have adhesive backing but I can save that for other stuff. Thanks Bill.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2016 8:45 p.m. PST

I score the bottoms of my Plano bins and use Plasti-Zap, Poly-Zap, or Zap-a-Gap to hold down long strips of sheet magnet.

It's not perfect, but doesn't lift out very often.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2016 10:20 p.m. PST

Spray adhesive.

bsrlee07 Jun 2016 10:41 p.m. PST

Or you could just go down to the stationery aisle and get a roll of double sided sticky tape. Just think how annoying it is to get labels and the like off plastic bins when you don't want it there, that is what double sided tape is like.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jun 2016 2:46 a.m. PST

Double sided tape (of the heavy duty variety rather than for paper) is probably a good bet. Contact adhesive works well too but is very messy.

The standard adhesive on the self-adhesive magnetic sheets does not stick to many plastics all that well – in particular polythene. Roughening the surface can help but you will often find that it peels away over time. I have been told that it is the softeners that are in the plastic that exude over time that weaken the hold of the adhesive but not sure that is actually the case or not.

I still use flex-metal sheets (same adhesive but thinner sheets) to line polythene boxes but do have to press down the edges from time to time to make sure they don't curl over. It is a practical solution but not perfect.

Personal logo Sigwald Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2016 5:41 a.m. PST

Thanks for all your input guys. I did order some adhesive backed magnetic sheets but I think I will try the double sided tape long with it. Thanks again!

Personal logo Lost Wolf Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2016 10:53 a.m. PST

Carpet tape

Personal logo Sigwald Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2016 11:21 a.m. PST

Carpet tape that would make sense as well. thank LW.
I had a can of 3m adhesive spray so I tried that on the one sheet I have without backing and it worked well.

Rich Bliss Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2016 6:38 p.m. PST

I would not use Sterilite if you can avoid it. The plastic the use is not very UV resistant and will become brittle over time. I recommend RubberMaid or Container Store bins instead.

Personal logo Sigwald Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2016 8:43 p.m. PST

Not surprising I suppose. I got them for a couple bucks at Dollar general. Good to know though. I will use them for transport to games but I guess I can toss any long term storage plans for them : )

ArmymenRGreat Inactive Member11 Jun 2016 10:54 a.m. PST

RubberMaid gets brittle too. By the time Sterilite deteriorates, you'll have a better idea or want a different container anyway. I wouldn't worry about it.

Personal logo Sigwald Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2016 11:20 a.m. PST

Yup I'm using them til if and when they crumble lol.

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