Do you resticky your silhouette mat?

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Posted: 1/12/2014 11:12:56 PM
I used to wash and put fresh glue on my cricut mats all the time and it worked great.

The silhouette mat though is more expensive and only comes with one so I'm wondering about doing the same with the silhouette mats.

Do you do this? What kind of glue do you use? Could you use a spray adhesive?


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Posted: 1/12/2014 11:49:16 PM
I have done my Cricut mat - not my sil yet - but I usually use my Cricut mat with my Silhouette

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Posted: 1/13/2014 1:13:37 AM
I haven't done this, but I believe Shannon Tidwell once mentioned in a Two Peas video that she uses spray adhesive on hers and it works well.


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Posted: 1/13/2014 2:27:59 AM
I haven't completely redone it yet, but I usually quickly "freshen it up" with a two-way-glue pen. (Just sort of squiggly it on top and let it rest for 5 minutes).

I use the Zig Memory 2-way glue, I think it's on offer at the store right now

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Posted: 1/13/2014 4:49:17 AM
I do wash mine with a very small amount of detergent and a plastic scrubbie. Wash lightly -do not scrub. It removes the debris and the sticky comes right back.

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Posted: 1/13/2014 6:47:30 AM
I just clean it really thoroughly with a baby wipe to get all the dust and extra paper off. When it's clean, I let it dry and then go back to cutting! (I do this with the Cricut mat that I use in the Sil. I haven't bought a new mat in years!)


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Posted: 1/13/2014 6:52:29 AM
I did back in the early days when it was hard to find mats. Now I just use a new mat because they cut so much nicer. My mats get super cut up long before they get unsticky.

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Posted: 1/13/2014 7:36:26 AM
I clean mine and that will get more life out of it. Once it is completely done I resticky it.

First I use very hot water and dawn and a gentle scrubber. I remove all the sticky. It appears that originally it was applied to the mat on a large sticker - that does not come off! Don't try to remove that, just the sticky residue on top.

Once dry, tape off the edges that don't have sticky with blue painters tape.

I use Krylon Easy Tack. I spray 2 light coats, one right after the other.

Let dry 24 hours - and it was better than new. Nice and sticky - but not so bad that you ruin paper/vinyl.

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Posted: 1/13/2014 8:02:40 AM
I've heard that washing the mat and spraying it with Elmer spray glue works well. I haven't given it a try so I couldn't confirm.

I use my mat until the sticky is all gone and in the end I use washi tape to keep the cardstock in place, it works well for basic cuts, not so much for detailed cuts.


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Posted: 1/13/2014 10:29:14 AM
I haven't done anything to resticky my mats. By the time the sticky is gone, they are so well used and cut, I figure I should just start new. I do use a baby wipe on them regularly.

I used the spray adhesive on the cricut mats while I still had that machine, and I never cared for the results. There are many other uses for the mats when they're beyond cutting on, so I just replace them and use the dead mats for other things (inking on, misting)

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Posted: 1/13/2014 11:15:23 AM
Yep. Do it all the time. I actually remove all of the sticky from the mat. I scrub it off with a Magic Eraser, dry it off, tape the edges with painter's tape and spray it with Krylon repositionable spray adhesive. Just a light coat and be sure to use the repositional adhesive because the permanent stuff is way too sticky (speaking from experience!). I can usually repurpose the mat about 3 times - after that they are just too warn out to bother keeping.

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Posted: 1/13/2014 11:54:58 AM
Has anybody use the zig pens to resticky. I use to use it for my cricut mat and it worked really well!

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Posted: 1/13/2014 12:16:31 PM
There was also a recent thread about using your Cricut mats in your Silhouette.

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Posted: 1/13/2014 4:40:35 PM
I use a cricut mat in mine. Easier to find and tends to be cheaper.


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Posted: 1/14/2014 6:01:13 AM
I tape off and use spray adhesive. I've found cricut mats work well (if not better) in my cameo!

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