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« on: November 11, 2013 02:18:50 PM »

I saw these type of magnets doing the rounds online and decided to give it a go:

We ended up getting it really wrong, they were too heavy and the spray paint never dried so we threw them out!  Anyone know what's the deal with that?  Does some spray paint just not dry on plastic?  They were tacky for 5 months until we threw them out, which made our fingers gold when we touched them (which was a lot because they kept falling due to their weight).

There's a tutorial or what *not* to do on my blog!

« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2013 02:41:42 PM »

OK...certain paint will not stick to funky plastic.
You have to sand up what they call a "tooth" to it, for it to get a grip and stick.
Sand, sand, sand on the surface. It will look yucky, but the paint will stick, and cover over any bumps, usually.
Old paint {as in last year's model} will not stick, either. No matter what you try. They are making paints with newer chemicals, and they just don't have the holding power anymore.

Another option, in place of sanding, is to soak in a solution....but it might melt the plastic. Test a small area first.
Acetone...if it doesn't work...then work your way up to Toluene. Caustic stuff. But it buffs the surface so the paint will adhere. {Great for your carburetor, too!} Sorry, daddy's girl...Gear head from way back! Yes, tune up my own car!

Another option, before you threw them out would have been to powder them with baby powder. And then re-spray. It often will seal the sticky over, and then the new spray coat will cover it. Why don't you guys contact me? I have researched it all! PM, and I will help you find the answers!


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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013 08:48:45 AM »

Thank you for the detailed reply stillatthetop!  I'm going to attempt it again this weekend with some paint and sanding them a bit first, if it doesn't go smoothly I shall definitely pm you (or give up in frustration, lol). 

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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2013 05:57:33 AM »

LOL these were so cute.  I'm sorry that you had to throw them out.  Hopefully you'll be able to make some more.

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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2013 09:46:25 AM »

These were awesome!  All you can do is try again and buy some super strong magnets!

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