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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cricut Mats

I don't know about all of you, but I have been very disappointed in the stickiness of my Cricut Mats. Half the time they don't seem very sticky when I buy them and they surely don't stay sticky very long. I've tried the washing and letting it air dry trick - it cleans the fibers and stuff off the mat and helps for a while but really doesn't restore the sticky. Same with the baby wipe trick.

As for trying to apply new adhesive, I've tried the wide 2-way Zig adhesive but it was hard to get a nice even coat - seemed like I got too much on and ended up ruining a mat. Then, I tried taping off the edges and using a repositionable spray adhesive - this gave a pretty good result but was messy.

Last week one day, browsing various forums, I found another method and it has produced, BY FAR, the best result. It's economical - 4.99 for the glue, you mix 50/50 with water and since it is thin, you don't use much. You can paint it on with one of those cheap disposable foam brushes and it is easy to get just the right amount. I did one mat as a test on Saturday night. I cut all day Sunday on it, did the Nurses cuts this morning, and IT IS STILL STICKY! What is this miracle glue? Aleene's Tack-It Over and Over. Here's the video.


JustYolie said...

I think it was the same video I saw...I love it! It worked out just fine for me too! :)

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

oh I have that glue somewhere, I bought it to make my own glue dots which I have not done yet!!! I also saw a video about using crafters companion adhesive removal & repositionable adhesive. You use the 2, one after the other,but have not tried it because I don't want to pay full price for it and the shipping on top of it because i can not find it in my local stores. check out this video...


Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

OK I just watched the video (i didnt see the link last night) I am so going to dig thru my stash to find my glue!!... looks like a winner & way cheaper then the crafters companion! I have like 5 unsticky mats .... yay! I can revive them!!! whoot whoot! thanks for tip!!
I am going to share the link to this blog post on my blog to direct peeps here for this super duper tip, if you don't mind!

Tazza said...

Wow Awesome tip I am goin gto try it and see what happens! Thanks for the info!

Heidi said...

I love Krylon repositionable spray myself...tape the edges and spray and voila... sticky mat...quick and easy. LOL. Glad you found something that you like. It's great not having to buy new mats all the time. I've only bought 1 set since I bought my cricut 2 years ago and that is because they curled and finally broke.

dimahi said...

I use Companion stick away to clean my mats...it is awesome and Stick and Spray to resurface them...I have a video tutorial on Youtube or on my blog if you wish to see how great this product is...I do not sell it, but really like it...better than a new mat, no curling paper!

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