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Slick Strips

Ridout Plastics makes their Slick Strips out of an ultra-high molecular weight plastic film, with a low coefficient of friction. In English, that means it makes surfaces slide past each other easier. It’s also tough — its abrasion resistance surpasses Teflon, but you can cut it to length easily.  Even with an adhesive backing, the strips measure only 1/32″ thick.

Whether it’s metal, wood, concrete, tile, stone, or another material, Slick Strips will increase the overall “slickness” of the material. Apply it to the base of your circular saw or router for mar-free bases. Stick some on that stuck drawer to make it slide easily again. Put it any place you want to reduce sliding friction between two surfaces.

One roll of 3/4″ wide Slick Strips runs about $8, while the 3″ roll runs about $20. Each roll is 10-1/2′ long.

Slick Strips [Ridout Plastics]
Slick Strips [Woodcraft]


5 Responses to Unstick Quick With Slick Strips

  1. Andrew says:

    I haven’t used this specific brand, but I’ve used similar tape I got from Rockler.com, and it is really excellent for improving the action on old dressers and vanities where the drawers are wood on wood. My wife had a set of dressers that were originally her grandparents, and the drawers on them were almost unusable, and nearly impossible to close completely. I added a strip of self-adhesive UHMW tape to each surface inside the frame where the drawers slid, and it made a night-and-day difference. Would definitely recommend this for places where friction is your enemy.

  2. Steve says:

    There is also bondable Teflon from McMaster-Carr (mcmaster.com), available in various thicknesses… such as their catalog number 8711K15 that is 12″ square and 1/8″ thick for $47.87. It takes epoxy nicely, and is great for conjuring bearing surfaces when boatbuilding.

  3. Suz says:

    I have a question – I’m a machine quilter and am looking for a product to temporarily adhere to my sewing machine table which will create a slick surface for fabric to slide easily on. There is a product called Supreme Slider which is teflon with an adhesive back, but it is $28.00 for a 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet. Do you think the Slick Strips would work for this application or do you have suggestions for something else – I would like a work surface of 12″ x 24″ approximately. Thanks!

  4. mike says:

    This material is great, I was able to buy it from Ridout Plastics in a thicker 12″ width and it was much less expensive than teflon. very slippery.

  5. Elliott says:

    Update for your readers… the Slick Strips at Ridout Plastics are now available at our new website, http://www.eplastics.com/Plastic/Slick_Strips , in a variety of widths. Appreciate the review here.

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