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Posted: 11/9/2012 11:52:17 PM
Do you use your cricut cutting mat till it stops being sticky, or do you spray something on it to make it sticky again or something else instead of buying a new one?


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Posted: 11/10/2012 12:14:50 AM
I have heard of people spraying their mats, I have used zig 2 way glue on mine. I found it to be to sticky so I have just put my hand on it all over to make it a little less sticky.

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Posted: 11/10/2012 7:10:30 AM
I resticky mine with a repositionable adhesive. I use it until the mat is cut up pretty bad.

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Posted: 11/10/2012 7:52:47 AM
Many times, when something wasn't cutting right, it would turn out to be my mat, and NOT my blade! I finally stopped re-stickying mine, and just started replacing the darn things. I do wash them when they get dirty, and leave them laying out flat overnight to dry. But I have found that over the years, sometimes "cheap ain't so cheap", and I will work myself to death and not save enough money to justify the aggrevation. So when my mat needs it, it gets replaced. Same goes for my blade. And you know what? I have been a LOT less frustrated with my cutting, and saved a ton of paper from being chewed up.

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Posted: 11/10/2012 9:40:30 AM
I just replace them when they need it.

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Posted: 11/10/2012 10:04:43 AM
I got on YouTube and found a video to make my mat sticky!

Well it DID NOT work. Now I have dried Tacky Glue on my mat and it still isn't sticky.

Need to just go and buy some.


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Posted: 11/10/2012 10:54:08 AM
I have had huge problems with the new ones not sticking to the paper and ruining tons of cuts by slipping. Anyone have a fix for that. I usually cleaned it until it quit sticking and then just getting another one but that isn't working right now. I hate the new mats!

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Posted: 11/10/2012 12:31:30 PM
I have a couple of mats that I rotate use of. If I have something that is more of a center cut then I use a mat where I have done more corner cuts because the center area has rarely been used. I have also washed my mat, but after a few washings to get the paper fibers off it is generally time to just replace the mat. I also keep my old mats as a workspace. Since they are thin and flexible it is nice to use them when going to crops to keep my 12x12 paper from getting smashed and wrinkled.


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Posted: 11/10/2012 10:43:44 PM
How do you guys clean your mats?



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Posted: 11/10/2012 11:08:00 PM
I use baby wipes to Clean mine. I use use the zigg 2 way glue but found not really worth it. I just buy them when on sale or with a coupon at Joann's. I have a nice little stockpile of them.

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Posted: 11/10/2012 11:11:21 PM

Tacky Glue

Hate to be the one to tell you, but what is supposed to be used is
Ailene's Tack it Over and Over, not Tacky Glue.
Or you can use quilter's spray adhesive (tape the edges outside the grid lines)




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Posted: 11/10/2012 11:35:10 PM
The newer ones (the one with the white border) are a bit rubbish. I don't get more than a few cuts before the paper's sliding everywhere. I zig those ones right away. The older green mats are good, and last forever. I sometimes just throw them out, but will occassionally zig or use easy-tack spray. Sometimes just a really good scrub with hot soapy water does the trick, if the mat is not too bad.


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Posted: 11/11/2012 12:13:36 AM
magic erasers work great for deep cleaning a mat. It really makes it really, really sticky again. For in between deep cleans, I use a baby wipe. I have used a zig pen to re-stick, but have found that most of the time it really just needs cleaned, not re-stuck.


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Posted: 11/11/2012 12:17:22 AM
I use GooGone and then use tack it over and over glue... BUT I mix mine with water so it's not So sticky!


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Posted: 11/11/2012 1:13:24 AM
I clean mine with soap and water and sometimes a scotch pad if its not sticky after drying I use painters tape on the edges and spray it with krylon spray tack. It works great for me.
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Posted: 11/11/2012 8:42:34 AM
I "re-sticky" my mats this way:

First I rinse them to remove any small pieces of paper. After they are dry, I mask the edges with masking tape so that they don't gum up the rollers. Finally, I give them a very light spray of Scotch Spray Mount Repositionable Adhesive. It's in a red and white can, and you can usually find it in the big craft stores. I've tried a lot of adhesives on my mats, and this is the one that I find works the best. One thing, though: You must let the adhesive dry so that it is just tacky, and not wet, before you replace the plastic cover over the mat.

When the mats get to the point where they are bent, warped, and "too gunked-up," I throw them away. I have been using the same 2 mats for about 6 months now. And, when I re-sticky them, they remain sticky for about a month.


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Posted: 11/11/2012 10:03:13 AM
Thanks so much my pea friends, you have given me some great advice now I need to go try them and see which one works for me.



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Posted: 11/11/2012 11:39:22 AM
I resticky my mats too.

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Posted: 11/11/2012 12:30:06 PM
I just replace mine. When I couldn't find anything to use my coupon on at J's I would buy mats. I have a nice stash.


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Posted: 11/11/2012 12:43:07 PM
The best thing I have ever used to re-sticky mats is Scotch repositionable glue sticks.

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Posted: 11/11/2012 2:52:35 PM
J's has them on sale for 40% off right now.

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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:40:56 PM
If you are buying new ones I've heard you need to look for mats with the word Cricut in the middle of. The cutting surface. These ones are the good new ones. The mats with out the Circut word in the middle are bad and not sticky.
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Posted: 11/11/2012 10:21:59 PM
After mine stopped being sticky I simply used scotch tape on all four sides of the paper I was cutting and got a ton more life out of it.
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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:55:40 AM
BTT on good/bad mats in case anyone is stocking up today. I use these in my gazelle because I think they work better, and will be picking a few up today after reading the other thread on the future of PC.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 8:30:48 PM
Once my mat is no longer so sticky, I use blue painters tape to hold down the paper. Works great! Paper is cut just fine.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:17:27 PM
I use the Crafter's Companion Stick Away spray to remove the old adhesive and they have a sticky spray to re-stick your mat as well. Just be sure to tape off the ends of your mat so you don't spray the adhesive in those areas.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:17:56 PM
When it stops sticking, I use electrical tape to hold the paper down.

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