FAQ - Command Strips, Hooks, and Mounts by 3M

How much weight can they hold? Will it stick to my surface? How does it handle the elements? These answers and other frequently asked questions can be found here!

What is a Command Strip?

Command strips are a fantastic product developed by 3M used to hang, mount, or secure pretty much anything under 15 lbs to another object. These come in the form of double sided adhesive tabs, hook and loop strips,decorative hooks as well as other forms.

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What kind of surfaces will this stick to?

3M specifies that it can be painted, stained or varnished wood, glass, tile, painted cinder block, plaster, metal, and painted wallboard.

It is not a good idea to apply this to any surface that will break, peal, crumble, or flake, nor do you want to apply it to a surface that will not provide full contact with the adhesive. If you need to put it on a surface like that, surface prep will be required. Use the mindset that the adhesive will most likely stick to what you are applying it to however a that surface also has to be strong enough and stay intact.

When applying to a painted surface be sure to have given the paint sufficient time to cure. 3M recommends 7 days.

How much weight can it hold?

Different products have different limits that can range from 1lb up to 16lbs or more. The packaging will indicate what the limits are. The ratings are not additive, which means that doubling the amount of command strips will not increase the load limit recommended by 3M

What is the operating temperature rating?

Once these products are installed they will continue to work in temperatures as low as -20°F (-29°C) and as high as 125°F (51°C). Installation of the part should happen if the temperature is 50-100°F (10-38°C)

While we do carry quite a few of these products, There are quite a few we do not. We can potentially order them however. If you would like us to provide you a quote on a particular part number we would be happy to see if we can get it for you.

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Installation requirements:

Before you begin, please note that the ambient temperature can effect the bond. Be sure to install only when it is within this range. 50-100°F (10-38°C)

Be sure the surface is clean. Do not use household cleaners to clean the surface as they can leave very this films that can lead to failure. Use isopropyl alcohol to clean the surface.

These use a pressure sensitive adhesive. After applying a strip, be sure to apply pressure for at least thirty seconds to one minute. Before using it stand without a load for approximately 1 hour to be sure the bond has had time to form appropriately.

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Remove the product simply by pulling down on the white tab. Pulling the tab stretches the material causing it to let go. Most of products in this catalog can have a new strip reloaded and be re-used.

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