Cutting Mats

Discussion in 'Tools of the Trade' started by scyeige, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. scyeige

    scyeige Member


    I'm sure most here will have cutting mats, so I'm wondering as time goes by and you've been cutting on/using your cutting mat... when will it be time to change?

    Also, what would be the reason for you to change your cutting mat?
  2. cchambers47201

    cchambers47201 New Member

    I am already on my second mat, and it is much better than the first one. the first one i replaced when i would try to cut, and it would cut jagged because of all the cuts and no longer smooth. i found when it became too difficult to cut it was time to replace. i am using a Fiskars now self healing mat now and have not had any problems yet. the only time i would think of replacing it is if it got to the point of being too rough to work with. i am thinking of getting a second one, that is a bit larger in size, only because of now setting up a work area just for modeling. if i do, it will be another Fiskars.
  3. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    I have two, a small Hobbico 8 1/2" X 12" and a larger Tech Tools 12" X 18"

    I never used a cutting mat for actually cutting paper till a few months ago. :mrgreen:
    I used them to protect the table I was building on from spills and such. wall1
    Who knew they were good for cutting on :thumb:
  4. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I think that it depends on the mat that you have. For me, if my mat starts to get really frayed, and little pieces of the mat is starting to flake, I will look at getting a new mat.
  5. Jadriancz

    Jadriancz New Member

    X-acto self healing mat 12x12 is what I use. Its a very decent mat. Very easy to clean glue off it once dried.
  6. Printer

    Printer Member

    I use a 12" X 18" C-THRU cutting mat. I get all of my supplies from Graphic Arts Supply Houses or "Paper Houses" for the commercial sector. I have a business license so I can get the manufacturer prices but the professional quality of the products far outweighs what Retail Store items are in price and quality. Many Commercial Paper Supply houses will allow personal sales if you ask. Of course you won't get the commercial discounts but the quality of commercial/professional products is worth the little extra.
  7. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    I have a great collection of scissors. Many curved, left and right cutting, that I have collected over the years. To be honest, I don't use mats much. If find they can stress really small parts if not careful. Scissors can too, but that is why you must keep them sharp, or get new ones. If find that scissors last longer than X-acto blades, overall. I use X-acto blades for repairing things I screwed up, they have no equal for that. To each his own on this, but that Mat I own is an OLFA 18" by 12" mat that has served me well. I have a very small scroll saw that I use for 1 MM or thicker cardboard. Since these are for framing interiors, the edges being a bit "puffed", but accurate, allow the glue to penetrate further, and hold firmer. :)
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  8. mbauer

    mbauer Cardstock Model designer

    Just read that if you soak your mat in water it will last longer. Suggestion was to soak in a tub of "cold" water overnight, then periodically with a wet towel every couple of months. Maintains the self healing part...

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  9. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    That's very interesting, I'll have to try that! I usually bathe with mine!! :mooner::noteeth:
  10. nero_on_fire

    nero_on_fire New Member

    I'm using an AMI cutting mat with multiple layers, top layers on both sides are with self-healing vinyl, one side black, one side light grey. But it has a middle layer which just doesn't look like it will do great when bathed in water.

    Usually using the black side, as it doesn't reflect the light of my desktop lamp at all and therefore is better for the eyes and concentration.

    Sadly, I'm usually lazy when it comes to switching between cutting and glueing, so the most damage to my cutting mat is made by leftover UHU glue which will sooner or later find the small cracks and make the surface rough. Probably will replace mine soon, after about 8 years of usage.
  11. I'm forever meaning to pick up a larger one, for sure. One thing I try to do with mine is to only use it for cutting paper. I never glue or paint over it as many modelers do. I try to keep it as clean as possible.

    I'd say after you finally cut yours in half it will definitely be to find a replacement. Actually, if the surface gets a bit too rough or lined you might a replacement to avoid texturing your paper on the surface, but I've never yet felt the need to do that.

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