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What are Magnetic Sheets?

Magnetic Sheets are a synthetic, rubber-based substance that is permanently magnetized and has a wide range of uses in the signage and graphics industries. For situations requiring semi-permanent advertising, a magnetic sheet is an ideal choice. The easiest surface for sheet magnet adhesion is solid steel, such as a refrigerator door. The magnetic attraction of a sheet magnet often only covers one side. For example, the dark reverse side of a white vinyl sheet magnet is the magnetic side. The magnetic side of a self-adhesive sheet magnet is the non-sticky side. Some sheet magnets have two magnetic faces. It is designed for specific applications where the magnet must adhere to both surfaces.

What is a Magnetic Sheet?

A sheet magnet or magnetic sheet is a magnetic material made from magnetic alloys like ferrite, a permanent magnetic substance, and a plastic binder. It is a thin plastic film that contains millions of small magnetic steel particles. The flexible nature of the sheet is preserved by plastic. Any size or form can be easily achieved with scissors, a shop knife, and a steel straight edge. The thickness of the material has an impact on the magnetic performance. Mils are used to express sheet magnet thickness. A mil is one-thousandth of an inch thick. Stronger sheet magnets are those that are thicker. All magnets retain their charge optimally when put directly on steel, like a refrigerator door. For the optimum hold, place a self-adhesive sheet magnet on the back of the paper object. 20 mil (.020") thick is flexible and recommended for use with paper items. In comparison, 15 mil (.015") thick is very adaptable and suggested for use with photo magnets and lightweight paper objects to save money. The optimum applications for 30 mil (.030") thick materials are medium-weight paper products and save-the-date magnets with a premium feel, while stiff 60 mil (.060 ") thickness is only advised when 30 mil is not nearly strong enough.

Magnetic Sheet

Variations of Magnetic Sheet

Magnetic sheets can be ordered with or without adhesive on one of their faces. The following are some forms in which they are made;

Sheet magnets made of white or black vinyl

A thin sheet of colored vinyl is attached to the front of a white or black vinyl sheet magnet. Silkscreen inks, markers, ballpoint pens, and pencils can all be used to print on it. Spray paint can also be used to paint it. On self-adhesive paper and paper adhered to the white surface of a white vinyl sheet magnet, printing can be done.

Sheet magnet with self-adhesion

This variation of sheet magnet is simple to install and cut with excellent adhesion to metal surfaces. Magnetic sheets with adhesive backing are perfect for imaginative kid projects, decoration fridge magnets, photo magnets, magnetic photo frames, chalkboards, whiteboards, dry erase boards, magnetic pages, cuttable picture magnets, magnetic picture clips, wall magnetic paper, refrigerator magnets, car magnets, bumper stickers, adhesive magnets, magnetic squares, etc.

Adhesive/ Magnetic paper

Sheet magnets that are 8 to 10 mils thick and bonded to paper are what make up magnetic paper. Only an inkjet printer can use it. A laser printer can damage magnetic paper if it produces too much heat, which could also harm the printer itself.

Applications of Sheet Magnet

Magnetic sheets are utilized on ferromagnetic surfaces. Here are some instances of possible applications:

  • Sheet magnets are helpful in flexible labeling for metal cabinets and drawers, as well as storage and display shelving (with colored magnetic tape or magnetic labels).
  • Any sort of advertising that needs to be applied to a ferromagnetic material, such as a repositionable billboard or a vehicle sign, can be done using magnetic sheets. The L-plate on a learner driver's vehicle is one of the most widely used applications for flexible magnetic sheets.
  • It is employed when combining two non-magnetic items.
  • Colored magnetic sheets are used for colored cutout forms used in training sessions and presentations, such as on whiteboards.
  • It provides magnetic frames protection for process guidelines and color-coded statistics.
  • Self-adhesive magnetic is useful when mounting an invisible photo sheet for invisible photos.
  • Hospitals use magnetic sheets to hold onto tiny tools and needles in operating rooms. These little objects can be held onto by the magnetic sheet since it is strong enough to do so, preventing them from rolling onto the floor and becoming polluted.


Magnetic sheets are mostly utilized on ferromagnetic surfaces. In close contact with magnets, magnetic sheets may lose their magnetization. Therefore magnetic sheets cannot have any magnets attached to them since they will lose their magnetic properties when in close contact with magnets. Decorative magnetic boards, self-adhesive ferrous tapes, and metal tapes are all suitable surfaces for magnetic sheets. If you want to learn more about magnetic materials, we would like to advise you to Stanford Magnets for more information.  

About the author

Cathy Marchio

Cathy Marchio is an expert at Stanford Magnets, where she shares her deep knowledge of magnets like Neodymium and Samarium Cobalt. With a background in materials science, Cathy writes articles and guides that make complex topics easier to understand. She helps people learn about magnets and their uses in different industries, making her a key part of the company's success.

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