Step 4

Add Anti-Slip Coating to Magnets

Page 1: Overview & Step 1: Drill Holes
Page 2: Step 2: Mount Brackets
Page 3: Step 3: Glue Magnets
Page 4: Step 4: Add Anti-Slip
Page 5: Options & Variations
Page 6: Photos of Shelf in Use (IUEC)

Electric tape, Plasti Dip or maybe even a paint or nail polish will work to add some friction or grip. The magnets are slick and will just slide down some metal surfaces when the shelf is loaded with anything reasonably heavy.

I want some level of impact buffer so the magnets don’t shatter over time due to the repeated impact of mounting. I also want to easily be able to wipe off metal debris should any get on the magnets.

Using 1.5″ wide electric tape is easier and faster than applying Plasti Dip and has just the right amount of friction. It adds a level of friction but will still slide down if overloaded rather than detach and fall. I would much rather the shelf just slide down than fall off.

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Magnets covered with Electric Tape

On some of the boards with 6 top magnets, I added two layers of tape to add a little more impact cushion and make the magnetic attraction a little weaker. Every little bit of space between the magnets and metal surface weakens the attraction. Remember 6 top magnets is pretty strong and was hard to remove before I learned a trick (video common soon).

Apply a Spray Coating

Applying Plasti Dip is more time consuming and it offers too much friction. The shelf is less likely to slide down when overloaded and will detach and fall.

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Spraying Plasti Dip on magnets

I scuffed the surface of the magnets with sandpaper before applying the Plasti Dip. The Plasti Dip works but is not ideal because it will eventually wear and peel off and will have to be reapplied.

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Spraying Plasti Dip on magnets


We don’t really need a rubber coating, it just needs to be something less slick than the magnets and offer some level of friction.

The electric tape is not perfect and can wrinkle if you try to adjust the shelf once mounted (Fabian!) but at least it’s easy to replace.

I think there is probably a better paint option out there and would like to hear some alternative ideas from viewers.

Material Kit

Plano ProLatch 23650-52 Stowaway Organizer with various Bolts, Magnets & 1.5″ wide Electric Tap. Notice the blue door blocker magnets. Those have saved my a$$ on many an occasion and I carry at least 2 in my pocket. More on those Here.

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Laptop Shelf Material


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Next Page for Options & Variations


Page 1: Overview & Step 1: Drill Holes
Page 2: Step 2: Mount Brackets
Page 3: Step 3: Glue Magnets
Page 4: Step 4: Add Anti-Slip
Page 5: Options & Variations
Page 6: Photos of Shelf in Use (IUEC)

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