After having a close look at my cutting mat today, I saw that the holes I thought were there, weren't holes in the plastic mat (I already ordered a new one because of that ) but actually holes in a glue residue layer that has built up over time.
As I am using my cutter almost daily I soon had my mat loosing its original glue and started using spray-on adhesive to make it stick again.
I tried to wash it off with hot water and a scrub but it does not really come off (and now the scrub is all messed up with glue ). Does anyone have any experience what could be used to clean the mat?
*EDIT*: I use 3M Spray Mount and according to the label it's one of the most dangerous things in the world (don't smoke, breathe, put into eyes, put into lakes ...) but it does not say what it is or how it can be removed.
Last Edit: Jan 14, 2016 6:10:05 GMT -9 by lightning
According to the information available online (I found this free PDF download of the 3M Spray Mount specifications via the UK's Viking Industrial website), this is a solvent-based adhesive, so water - as you rightly noted - won't work. The only thing mentioned regarding clean-up is this:
Spray nozzle or excess adhesive may be cleaned with white spirits.
So that means you'd need to use white spirit to remove the glue, but I fear that will do more damage to your cutting mat surface than good in cleaning off the glue (that is, it's probably as likely to clean the mat off the glue...).
New cutting mat and remember to never use the mat for spray gluing on again would seem to be the moral of the tale
I use 3M spray glue on my cutting mat. I have a special spraying station (that is, I've got a LARGE cardboard box that helps contain the spray a LOT) that I put stuff in so I can spray it. I rarely clean my cutting mat off. When I do, I use warm water, dish detergent and a hard-bristled scrub brush. I let it dry, it gets really sticky again for a while and the circle of life continues. I've had the same two cutting mats that came with my Silhouette SD for years.
You might try something crazy like vegetable oil? I had an accident with a broken bottle of Super77, and the Scotch representative (in addition to being VERY helpful in replacing the broken bottle) told me vegetable oil may work. Rubbing alcohol did nothing. In the end, I had actually smeared my hands with flour and sawdust and a million hand-washes and a shower later, my hands weren't all that sticky. But, I digress.
wyvern: what is white spirit? sounds like some shaman potion
Sadly not, merely paint thinner, a clear, petroleum-based common organic solvent liquid used for thinning, cleaning or removing oil-based paints. If you're in the US, you may know it better as "mineral spirit" (at least, according to Wikipedia), which sounds even more like a D&D monster...
oldschooldm: Yup. More power to anyone who tries it. It will only whet the appetite for people who want paper minis that were designed to be paper minis. :-) Fronts and Backs FOREVER! :-) [... it's bait, don't bite it! ... ]
Mar 25, 2019 8:13:22 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
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cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
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okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
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