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    Default OT: Tape to stick on bottom of metal drawers to stop metal on metal sound

    Want to get rid of the scraping sound from the drawer sliding on the cabinet. Thinking I should use some kind of sticky tape on the drawer sides and bottom or on the cabinet's rails. Some sliding resistance from the tape isn't a problem. The metal on metal sound is irritating.




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    UHMW tape works for me.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mister honey View Post
    UHMW tape works for me.

    Mike

    And it's easy to buy: McMaster-Carr - Plastic Tape

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    Quote Originally Posted by mister honey View Post
    UHMW tape works for me.

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    Works on heave wooden drawers also.

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    As mentioned - UHMW. I'll add PTFE in there, too.

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    Contact cement a strip of formica on each cabinet rail.
    Run a block of candle wax on the shinny formica.
    Insert drawer and it will slide in silence.

    (Did this myself)

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    Or just candle wax or paraffin, whatever you use to lube screws.

    Is there room enough to install full extension drawer slides?

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    before you do all the work, try some dry film lubricant first. they often call themselves "ceramic", "nano" and similar nowadays.

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    turn up the radio

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    Looked at the McMaster Carr site.

    What is the difference between PEET , UHMW and PTFE tape ? Anyone used all three knows what each is best at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spud View Post
    Looked at the McMaster Carr site.

    What is the difference between PEET , UHMW and PTFE tape ? Anyone used all three knows what each is best at?
    You mean PETE (i.e. polyester)?
    PTFE (or TFE) “Teflon” would be the slipperiest, UHMWPE (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene) should wear better/longer.
    PETE (or PET)… not sure; maybe not as good as the other two?
    I might try UHMWPE first.

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    I think that "PEET" is actually PEEK. McMaster has PEEK tape, which will likely be by far the most expensive. It's a highly resistant tape for chemical exposure and elevated temps, and thoroughly wasted on an application like this, IMO.

    I would go with the UHMW tape. It's very durable and should be slippery for quite some time. Clean the surfaces well where it will be applied, and it will likely lasr forever.

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    I'd also suggest the UHMW tape, but clean not only the surface to be adhered to, but the surface it will slide against. The tape is soft enough to pick up and hold particle, and so will become a lap of sorts if it gets too dirty. There goes your smooth sliding effect, and over time your support surface.

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    I've used a fair amount of UHMW tape over the years, plenty slippery enuf, and much less $$$. The real issue is keeping it stuck in place. Once an edge gets loose, it just starts to peel off. Would be good to extend it beyond the contact surfaces and include a mechanical fastener, should last forever with that, or until crap gets imbedded in it. We're only talking occasional opening and closing, not continuous 24/7 reciprocal motion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Dickman View Post
    turn up the radio
    It took me way longer than I care to admit before I got this.

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    Another vote for candle wax.

    Regards Tyrone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSteve View Post
    PETE (or PET)… not sure; maybe not as good as the other two?
    I might try UHMWPE first.
    Prolly mean't PEEK - which I have no experience with, so I can't comment on how it performs.

    I seriously doubt Pete would be a good substitute to UHMW tape... maybe get Pete to put the tape on the drawer bottoms?

    Also, who's Pete?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Milland View Post
    I'd also suggest the UHMW tape, but clean not only the surface to be adhered to, but the surface it will slide against. The tape is soft enough to pick up and hold particle, and so will become a lap of sorts if it gets too dirty. There goes your smooth sliding effect, and over time your support surface.
    Good point. Like wood bearings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSteve View Post
    You mean PETE (i.e. polyester)?
    PTFE (or TFE) “Teflon” would be the slipperiest, UHMWPE (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene) should wear better/longer.
    PETE (or PET)… not sure; maybe not as good as the other two?
    I might try UHMWPE first.

    Was a typo in previous post. Meant to type PEEK.

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    If you use that tape you should put it on both surfaces. Not only one surface, which will surely abrade away when a heavy metal drawer is sliding on it.


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