Best Wall Adhesive?

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  1. teach27

    teach27 New Member

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    Hi,

    I was wondering if anyone has had great luck with a specific type of tape or adhesive for your classroom decor? Nothing seems to stay "stuck" to many areas of my cinderblock walls for more than a couple days!

    I went in to begin set-up and almost everything from June was on the ground :confused::mellow: Hoping to pick something up with a better hold, before I hang everything for September... Thanks!
     
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  3. gr3teacher

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    Reinforced packing tape usually does the job pretty well, and Command products, also.
     
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    Mavalus tape will stick to cinder block. Even in humid climates. And it doesn't damage walls. http://www.mavalus.com/

    If damage isn't a concern, hot glue and double sided duct tape are more cost effective and will hold.

    ETA- I had things up for four straight years with the Mavalus. My school didn't require us to take things down.
     
  5. YoungTeacherGuy

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    I have never seen classrooms with cinder block walls here in CA. Is this pretty typical in other states? :dunno:
     
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    I use command strips. Just started last year and my stuff stayed up all year!
     
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    Yes. Two of my classrooms in NC had them. They are pretty typical here in MI, too.
    Most buildings built before the 50s will have plaster. Otherwise, cinder block is common.
     
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    Cinder block walls, painted a "lovely" off-white/cream colour are common here.
     
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    My first classroom had a beige-green combo. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L :lol:
    It was also my P's first year at the school. She had the whole school painted the next summer.

    [​IMG]
     
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    It's pretty common in Missouri and Illinois.
     
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    I've tried Mavalus and had less success than others. I found that it didn't work well if the poster was laminated, but it worked fine if it wasn't.

    Maybe that was just me...
     
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    That is weird. I laminate everything and it has never caused any problems at all.
     
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    Maybe it was the specific lamination material my school used. I have no idea, but it was really strange how posters would stick to the exact same wall, only a few feet away, if they were not laminated, but those that were laminated would constantly fall down. :dunno:
     
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    Mavelous and hot glue are my go-to items. Command poster strips work well also.
     
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    Masonry doesn't play well with earthquakes, YTG. Most public schools in California are built with framed walls, which are quick to put up and can flex during a mild earthquake. Block walls can be reinforced with rebar, but I suspect an earthquake is very hard on the mortar joints.

    Cinderblock is a fine choice for hurricane country - think about that a bit - and, I suspect, for places like the Plains states that run to blizzards, partly to withstand the force of the wind and partly for the insulation. But where in California in the last fifty years has a school been built without the expectation that it WOULD have air conditioning?
     
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    I have cinder block walls. I have tried almost every product that 3M makes- along with Fun Tack and a few other things. Some of them worked for awhile or worked but we're not easily removed from posters, etc. I am back to using Stikki Clips.
     
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    Hot glue, Hot glue and more hot glue!!! Love it. . . keeps it on the cinder block. (And truthfully, the hardened hot glue pulls off if I need it to!)
     
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    I haven't tried this yet but I've read that painter's tape and hot glue will work and not damage the wall.

    Put the tape on the wall then the hot glue on the tape.
     
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    I use Command straps for everything!
     
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    Interesting idea.

    I've been having issues getting things to stick on just normal walls all year. So far I've used foam double sided tape, painters tape, scotch tape, etc.

    I'm now trying this tacky putty type stuff. We'll see if it stays.
     
  21. Ima Teacher

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    I always use hot glue. I have the best luck with hot melt, not low- temp or multi-temp. I use it on metal, glass, wood laminate, tile, and painted cinder blocks.

    The best part is that it peels off cleanly when I'm finished with it. :thumb:
     

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