Magnektik – FAQ

What varieties of Magnektik products are there?

Magnektik has 6 models, each with a different maximum holding power.
The system has a built in hook for hanging mirrors or pictures with wires.  It can also be bolted to or built on.  Below are some descriptions of specific uses.
Pictures can be hung by their wire by resting the wire on the Magnektik’s built in hook, or pictures may be hung by resting the flat support frame of the picture directly on the flat Magnektik bracket.
Alternatively, a specially designed connector bracket enables you to mount objects to the Magnektik using a bolt and a nut.

SHEET METAL

What dimension wall panels can be ordered?

The most common sizes are 48″ x 24″ stripe and a 48″ x 48″ square.
Nevertheless, we also offer to produce any size panel to suit your needs and the visions of your design team.
Usually, a single panel cannot exceed 96″ x 48″ (about 1.20 x 2.40 meters) but please note that this size of metal makes it more expensive and it is harder to transport and install because of its weight and dimensions.

What kind of sheet metal specification do you recommend?

Galvanized sheet metal panels (The galvanized layer protects against rust).
Also, it should be 0.4-0.8 millimeter thick (24 gauge is recommended).
Sheet metal which is less than 0.4 millimeters thick will not allow for a secure magnetic bond between the wall panels and the Magnektik brackets.
Wall panels thicker than 0.8 millimeters will be very rigid and very heavy and may hamper adhesion to the existing wall surface.

What wall surfaces are appropriate for adhesion to the sheet metal panels?

Sheet metal panels may be adhered to sheetrock walls, plaster walls, concrete, wood, stone or other masonry; essentially most walls surfaces.
Walls must be straight, cleaned of oils and dust, soundly constructed and not crumbling or peeling.

Will the sheet metal panels fall if too much weight is supported by them?

We suggest using a durable industrial product like Polymer M.S.  These industrial adhesives will hold tremendous weight and we do not see a limit when a wall panel properly installed that the sheet metal panels will fall away from the wall substrate. Moreover, when using an industrial adhesive, weight is displaced over the whole surface of the wall and not single points of support.
Important to note: when using adhesives, please read carefully the manufacturer instructions.

Must I cover the whole wall with the sheet metal panels?

Generally there is no need to cover the whole wall with the sheet metal panels.  Recommended for general use is to install an horizontal strip about a meter from the floor and up.  This is the area most used for shelving, picture hanging and other access utilities.

Can sheet metal panels and Magnektik be incorporated into furniture?

Yes certainly.  Sheet metal panels can be adhered to the sides of cabinets for example and open up a wide range of uses and applications.
Sheet metal panels can be adhered to the faces of closet sliding doors or any other door.  Games with magnets can be played with in a child’s room or hooks can be hunged for wet towels, coats and clothes for school the next day.
The insides of closets too can be made functional to hold belts and bags for example.
In the kitchen, the side of a cabinet can be made to hold a new shelf or hang towels or an ipad.
…and more!

INSTALLATION

Options for Installation

There are two methods of installing the sheet metal panels: Visible or Invisible.

The visible installation is an addition of decor to the existing interior design of any room.  Like ” wallpaper” or “smart wallpaper” many patterns, colors, shapes and styles of printed on sheet metal panels can be installed on the walls and be functional and versatile with Magnektik products.
The invisible installation has the appearance of  a clean wall surface with no trace of the sheet metal panels.  By speckling the joints between panels and the where the panels meet existing wall, adding  a coat of primer and a coat of paint, and the walls will not show any signs that a change has been made.

Must I cover the whole wall with the sheet metal panels?

Generally there is no need to cover the whole wall with the sheet metal panels.  Recommended for general use is to install an horizontal strip about a meter from the floor and up.  This is the area most used for shelving, picture hanging and other access utilities.

How do I remove the sheet metal panels if desired ?

The Sheet metal panels are adhered to the walls much the same as ceramic tile is installed on a wall.  With some effort the panels can be removed, but know that some plastering or speckling will be needed to bring the walls back to a finished state..