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Great - but be Sensible
on 20 June 2012
Having seen very mixed reviews of these products and having used a lot of them myself I thought I would add my views. The fact that I am still buying them speaks for itself. At two houses I have rented I wanted to avoid aggravation about excessive numbers of holes in walls and command strips seemed to be the answer. I have probably hung as many as 75 pictures. The overwhelming majority have been perfect, staying in place perfectly and coming away from the wall so that you would never have known they were there. HOWEVER, I did have a series of three pictures that fell. Interestingly, the issue was not with the half that was affixed to the wall but to the half that was affixed to the pictures. They had been sealed with adhesive tape in the normal way and I stuck the strips to the tape. What seems to have happened was that the weight of the pictures caused the adhesive on the tape to fail. I believe the gum on the sealing tape had deteriorated in the sun. My recommendation would be to make sure the strip is attached directly to the frame itself, not to any paper backing that is there. It would have been helpful if 3M had provided this advice since most pictures have paper backing, but on the whole I don't think they were to blame for the problem I had,
Not one strip has ever detached itself from the wall, or from a frame (as opposed to the paper tape). One reviewer has been distressed at having some pictures fall off. All I can say to this is that you must be very sensible about how many strips to attach. You must also use commonsense as to what you use them for. I quote from the packaging: "DO NOT use for antiques, heirlooms, or other valuable or irreplaceable items. DO NOT hang items over beds".
Without wishing to sound unsympathetic this is a pretty clear warning that they are not 100% reliable in 100% of circumstances and I think most people would be sensible in their expectations. Used judiciously, these strips are a really excellent product - but don't expect miracles. For my part I would not use them for items of more than (say) 50x50cm unless it was very lightweight material. I can also reassure people that they really do come cleanly away from the wall - although I would caution that I have removed none that have been there for more than 2 years so I can't vouch for long-term performance.
I hope this helps any future purchasers.