What would we do with- out 3M’s ubiquitous Post-it notes? They are so handy for reminders that you see them stuck everywhere
like computers, refrigerators, bedroom
doors. Every where, that is, except dirty,
dusty shops and job sites. Enter 3M’s
new Post-it Extreme notes.
These are the same idea as traditional Post-it notes except the material
is different and the glue is stickier on a
wider selection of surfaces.
These notes are designed to be water resistant, extra durable and to stick
better to textured surfaces like brick,
cement, wood, and steel. And they
come in an XL size ( 4. 5 x 6. 75 inches)
for lists and longer messages.
Standing up outdoors
My first thought for these new sticky
notes was for messages on a job site
between shifts or trades, from cabinet
installers to plumbers, for example.
To use regular Post-it notes for that,
you’d never be sure the note would stay
in place in wind, or on irregular surfaces. But these new notes have some
I stuck them on raw lumber, bricks,
metal, cement board, and other surfaces. I spilled water on them and gently
tugged them to test holding power.
3M says suitable surfaces include
treated, untreated, and painted lum-
ber, metal surfaces such as galvanized
steel, stainless steel, aluminum and
painted metal, house wrap, textured
PVC trim, oriented strand board, ply-
wood, concrete, ceramic and porcelain
tile, and even house wrap.
In most cases we tried, the notes
held surprisingly strongly and stayed
put. In fact, because of the stronger
adhesive, 3M does not recommend
you stick these on delicate surfaces or
thin paper because it might not come
unstuck without damage.
They are also not intended to stick
on wet surfaces, but once adhered to a
dry surface will hold up in wet conditions. (Just make sure the ink you write
with won’t run in the wet.)
There were some surfaces that challenged these notes. Really dirty or
dusty surfaces did not hold. Really
irregular or rough bricks were sometimes a problem.
Still, for all the instances that would
have defeated conventional sticky
notes, these mostly triumphed.
So, don’t expect them to stay put on
a board covered in sawdust, but think
of all the places you could use them.
Think of all the people in shop who
will have one less excuse for seeing
These 3M Post-It Extreme notes are
Sticky notes for the shop and job site
available through major national retail-
ers or you can get more information at
by Will Sampson
firstname.lastname@example.org IN THE SHOP
3M develops Post-it Extreme notes to stick on more surfaces in more conditions.
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To see these 3M Post-it Extreme notes in
action, scan the code or
William Sampson is a lifelong
woodworker and the editor of FDMC
3M Post-it Extreme notes are designed
work in a variety of conditions and
on surfaces that would challenge
conventional Post-it notes, including raw
lumber and wet conditions.