How To Glue a Magnetic Strip onto Stainless Steel! Get my Tips!

While scrolling through my feed on Pinterest earlier this week, I noticed a refrigerator that was completely magnetic. After looking over at the stainless steel refrigerator that was next to me in my kitchen, I started to brainstorm some ideas of how I could achieve a similar look and function

How can you glue a magnetic strip onto stainless steel? To glue a magnetic strip onto stainless steel, you will want to clean and sand both surfaces before applying the adhesive. The rest of the process is as simple as smoothing the strip out onto the surface and allowing it to dry.

As an alternative to attaching multiple magnets to the surface of your stainless steel refrigerator, you might be on the lookout for a more permanent alternative. The process of gluing a magnetic strip directly onto a stainless steel surface is something that anyone can do, and will provide an easy solution for this type of problem.

To get my tips on how to use adhesive to attach a magnetic strip onto stainless steel, read through the detailed and organized sections in this article for some great ideas for your next project.

Gluing a Magnetic Strip Onto Stainless Steel

Whether you are creating your own magnetic refrigerator for photos and important lists or picking your brain to come up with some convenient storage solutions for your kitchen, the addition of a magnetic strip to these surfaces can solve a lot of your problems.

For a general description and guide on how you can glue a magnetic strip onto a stainless steel surface, take a look at the easy tips and techniques below.

Materials Needed:

  • Magnet Strip/Sheet
  • Scissors or blade
  • Ruler and pencil (optional)
  • Glue
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner
  • Clean cloth
  • Sandpaper or something sharp (ie loose nail or screw)

After gathering all of the above materials, the process of gluing a magnetic strip onto a stainless steel surface will follow the simple steps as follows.

How To Glue a Magnetic Strip Onto Stainless Steel:

  1. Clean the surface with a stainless steel cleaner and clean cloth
  2. Measure and cut the magnet sheet to correct size (optional)
  3. Scratch the steel surface and the back of the magnet sheet with sandpaper or a sharp object
  4. Apply glue to the back of the magnet strip
  5. Carefully position and place the magnet onto the surface
  6. Smooth out any air bubbles or imperfections and leave it to dry

To begin, you will need to clean the surface with a stainless steel cleaner and a clean cloth, or anything else that you can find to get rid of sticky or slippery substances.

If your magnet sheet is not already formed to the correct size, you can use a ruler and pencil to mark the correct areas where you will cut it out with scissors or a sharp blade.

Before you apply the glue, you will need to use sandpaper or something that is sharp, equivalent to an object such as a loose screw or nail, to scratch up both surfaces to prevent them from slipping after you bond them.

In order to actually glue the stainless steel and magnet together, you will need to apply the glue generously to the back of the magnet strip, but not too generously to where it will seep out of the sides after being attached. Leave the surface to dry for a few hours to one day before using it.

Best Adhesives For Magnets And Stainless Steel:

  • Two-part epoxy glue
  • Gorilla glue
  • Super Glue
  • Crazy glue
  • Liquid nails

Some of the best adhesives for magnets and stainless steel, in particular, are two-part epoxy glue, gorilla, super, or crazy glue, and liquid nails.

How To Attach Magnetic Strips To Stainless Steel Temporarily

While the process of permanently gluing a magnetic strip on a stainless steel surface might sound appealing for the average homeowner, those who are renting their home or apartment most likely will not be able to follow through with the exact same steps.

If you find yourself wanting to innovate in your kitchen by attaching a magnetic strip to your refrigerator, but feel stuck without being able to make any permanent renovations, this next set of steps will help you out tremendously.

Just because you might be staying at your place temporarily does not mean that you have to miss out on the fun DIY projects that add convenience and style to your everyday life.

Take a look at the list below to find out how you can create a more removable magnetic surface on stainless steel without your creation looking temporary. Once you are finished, it will look like the real thing! The only difference will be that you can peel it off without leaving any marks when you get sick of it.

Materials Needed:

  • Magnetic Strip/Sheet
  • Ruler and pencil (optional)
  • Scissors or blade
  • Command Picture Hanging Strips
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish Spray
  • Clean cloth

How To Attach Magnetic Strips To Stainless Steel Temporarily:

  1. Get all of your materials together in your kitchen
  2. Clean the stainless steel with the appropriate cleaner
  3. Cut the magnet strip or sheet to the right size (ruler and pencil optional)
  4. Attach the command picture hanging strips to the back of the magnet
  5. Carefully position it and apply pressure from the center until it sticks
  6. Smooth over any bubbles and make sure all edges are secured

The materials that you will need for a less permanent magnet strip attached to a stainless steel surface are a package of Command picture hanging strips, a bottle of stainless steel cleaner, a clean cloth, scissors or a sharp blade, and a ruler and pencil for accurate measurement.

The size and type of magnet strip that you use will be up to you. You can either find a magnet strip that is already cut to the desired shape for your surface, or you can purchase a wide sheet of the magnet and measure that customized shape yourself before using scissors or a blade to execute it.

After getting everything together that you will need for this project, you will start by cleaning the surface of the stainless steel. As we all know, the surface of stainless steel can collect lots of smudges and slippery or greasy residue, especially when it comes to the refrigerator door in the kitchen.

While you can use any type of cleaner that you have access to, the best thing to use is a designated stainless steel cleaner and polish spray, which can be found in a can at your local craft or grocery store.

Use a clean cloth to apply the spray and wipe down the surface before beginning. Next, you will want to measure and cut the magnet strip to the appropriate size if needed. Otherwise, you can proceed to the next step without making any alterations.

The following step will include attaching the Command picture hanging strips to the back of the magnet. This should be done very strategically in order to make sure each area of the magnet will be properly secured.

The best way of going about this will be to place 4 Command strips on each corner, as well as 4 more in the middle of the outer edges in between the corners on either side, so the adhesive goes all the way around the perimeter.

Additionally, you can place a few extra strips around the center area of the magnet. Carefully position the magnet and smooth out all air bubbles and imperfections before putting your new functional decor to use.

Related Questions

Can magnets be attached to stainless steel on their own?

Stainless steel is not a magnetic material, so if you need to put magnets on the surface you will need to make it into a magnet board.

How can I make an entire wall magnetic?

To make an entire wall magnetic, you can paint it with a special magnetic paint or attach a magnetic strip onto it, just like the stainless steel.