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Magnetic sheeting recommendation

Discussion in 'Materials' started by signguy37, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. signguy37

    signguy37 We use quality materials!

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    I have been using "Brand X" magnetic sheeting for the last several years and have not been satisfied with the holding power of the material. The sheeting I am using is the most expensive in the supply catalog and is self proclaimed as having the most poles per inch, so it's not like I am skimping. However, I have found that many customers have been having issues with the magnetics holding to metal surfaces. I have been in the sign business almost 30 years and have never experienced as much product failure as I have the last 5 years.

    If I call a supplier, they'll give me the sales pitch for what is best, but I want to hear it from a fellow sign maker what brand has been working best for them without ripping a competitor, that's not my intention to find out what is NOT working, but what IS working successfully for them.

    I have tried to print directly on the solvent printable magnetic material too, but found out in a hurry that the thin, printable material was just not working out either, so we are either cutting vinyl or printing on high performance vinyl and applying it over the magnetic sheeting. I've had failures on even simple black text on white magnetic USDOT numbers... why does this not stick like it used to?

    Any input appreciated!

    Thanks.
     
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  2. VTG

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    Just out of curiosity, are the issues that you mentioned occurring on stationary metal objects, or just on moving objects (vehicles), or both? Is the issue isolated to a certain thickness (12, 20 or 30 mil) or all of them?
     
  3. signguy37

    signguy37 We use quality materials!

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    Vehicle magnets and the material thickness is 30 mil, 14 poles.
     
  4. Mosh

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    magnum
     
  5. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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  6. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

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    I have been using it for years. Keep in mind newer cars have less metal. Thinner door skins and a lot more plastic parts...might be part of the problem.
     
  7. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

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    You might want to do a search, there was a thread recently about magnetic sheeting for the last several years NOT being as strong as in the past and some failures on parts of the rolls.

    Also, Mosh is correct, in the quest to get better fuel millage, vehicles manufacturers have reduced the amount of steel they use in auto skins and this will play into the magnetic sheeting NOT adhering as well as on older vehicles.

    My vote is for Magnum.

    :smile:
     
  8. VTG

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    We use Magnum also. Haven't had any issues or complaints from customers (knock on wood).

    I've read that extreme heat can have a negative effect on magnets (essentially de-magnetizing the magnet or reducing the magnet's holding power). I'm pretty sure it would have to be exterme heat (beyond the Curie point of the magnet), and I have no proof that this applies to sheet magnets.
     
  9. petrosgraphics

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    magnun...... never a problem.. mosh is right, as you go forward...
    did a job 2 years ago, cust. wanted mags for her car.... sized it up, cut vinyl,
    went to place mags on car..... doors were plastic, DOUGH!!!!!! never did that again...
     
  10. signguy37

    signguy37 We use quality materials!

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    Thank you to those who replied with your suggestions, much appreciated!
     
  11. synergy_jim

    synergy_jim Very Active Member

    magnum.... thats all we use.
     
  12. slipperyfrog

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    Magnum is all we use as well. Never had a return or problem.
     
  13. Matt-Tastic

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    Like Mosh said, it's hard to stick magnets to aluminum and plastic.

    and everyone else is right. Magnum is the best all around magnet.
     
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