Command Strips have a specially formulated adhesive and patented design that allows you to hang pictures securely to walls without leaving behind a sticky residue or pulling paint off the wall. You can easily hang, remove, and adjust. Never put another hole in the wall when you use Command Strips.
Honestly, Command strips have only one downside. First, if you don’t follow the instructions, you run the risk of your neon sign falling off the wall. This will only occur if you exceed the weight limits and don’t use enough strips, or you don’t allow enough time for them to adhere to the wall before adding the weight of the picture.
If you use Command strips, you won’t have to pay for wall putty and paint when you eventually have to patch up holes.
How To Use Command Strips With Your Neon Sign
Here's how it works:
Step 1: Wipe the wall with rubbing alcohol to remove any dust and debris. Do not use other household cleaners since those can leave behind a film or residue that can make the stickiness of the strips ineffective.
Separate two strips and press the Velcro parts together. They come in 3 different sizes (small, medium, and large), and each size has its own weight limits.
The Small Picture Hanging Strips can hold up to 1 pound per pair. The Mediums hold 3 pounds per pair, and the Larges hold 4 pounds per pair.
Step 3: Remove the protective liner from one side of the strips and place the sticky surface on the sign with the pull tab facing down. The “pull tab” is the rounded part that says “3M” with an arrow pointing down.
It's best to use 3 or more Command Strips for your neon sign. If you’re using three pairs, place one horizontally in the center of the sign and two on the sides.
If you’re using four pairs, put two on the top
of the sides and two on the bottom of about 2/3rds of the way down. Don’t put the bottom strips all the way down on the bottom corners because doing so will make it very difficult to safely remove the sign from the wall when the time comes.
Step 4: Remove the protective liners that are now facing away from the sign and position your sign where you want it on the wall.
If you don’t get the sign level on the first try, you can adjust where each side of the Velcro meets to get it perfectly level later.
Press your neon sign firmly against the wall for at least 30 seconds. Put pressure on the areas where the strips are so they adhere securely to the wall.
At this point, the manufacturer’s website advises you to peel the sign off the wall and let the strips on the wall side sit for an hour before re-hanging the sign.
This period allows the adhesive to fully adhere to the wall before adding the weight and resistance of the frame.
Common Mistakes When Using Command Strips
If you follow the instructions carefully, Command strips are highly effective. If you cut corners and don’t follow the instructions, you’ll have issues. Here are the most common mistakes people make when using Command strips:
- Not using enough strips. If you use one pair of strips to hang a 20-pound frame, it’s going to fall.
- Putting the strips in the wrong spots on your sign.
- Not pressing firmly for at least 30 seconds when hanging. Putting pressure on the strips helps them adhere completely. Don’t skip this step.
- Pulling the sign off the wall the wrong way. If you pull the sign straight off the wall, you risk damaging it.
- Pulling the strips off the wall the wrong way. Pull the tab straight down until the strip releases from the wall. If you try to rip it straight off, the paint will come with it.
Do Command Strips Work on All Surfaces?
Command strips work on most surfaces, but not all. The surfaces you can use them on are painted, stained or varnished wood, glass, tile, painted cinder block, plaster, drywall, metal, and painted wallboard. They will also stick to smooth cinder block, like what you see inside school buildings.
They DO NOT stick to brick, wallpaper, or glass directly exposed to sunlight. Wait a week after painting to make sure the paint has fully cured before using these strips.
Bottom Line: Are Command Strips Worth It?
The best way to hang our light-weight LED neon signs in your home is to use Command Strips. The main focus of Command Brand products is to hang things on walls, and, in my view, they nailed it *pun intended*.
These sticky Velcro strips will cost a little more than nails, but they do the job well and leave your walls completely smooth with no holes or residue left behind.
The result is flawlessly beautiful, leaving your LED neon signs secure and the wall in pristine condition. Also, the Command Strips blend well behind neon signs looking invisible, almost like your sign is floating! Command™ adhesive is designed to stay in place for as long as you need it to, and will stay put for many years. So yes, Command Strips are worth it!
Happy Easy Installing!