Originally Posted by Leeann34
I agree as well. But I will resort to my favorite method of mixing Aleen's tack it over and over glue if I need a quick fix, you don't need to scrape the mat first, just clean it with soap and water. I keep some already mixed with water but I haven't used it in a long time. I like that it's not overly sticky like new Cricut mats.
I use Aleene's TIOO. I use 50/50 ratio. I use Cricut mats or quilting template to make all my cutting mats. I know this might be overkill for some but I let my mats dry 24 hours. I usually make a new mat when I am cleaning up all my supplies after a project.
This is something I noticed about the new Silhouette mats. They are a thin quilting template. The adhesive is double sided tape. A corner of mine peeled off that's how I noticed. I realized reconditioning those mats is just putting adhesive on top of tape. The old Silhouette mats were made differently. I always made new mats with a thicker quilting template.
BarbaraJay I am sorry you spent so much on supplies. When I did the spray I just used a big can of quilting spray I bought at WalMart for under $6.
I have used ZigWay but I used it on the Cricut mats which are thicker. ZigWay, for me, is not the most frugal option. I only use the pens mainly for small items. Buying the bigger pens to resticky a mat was not something I was willing to spend my crafting dollars on when there are other options that I can use in my supply arsenal.
If anyone is reading this because they are researching supply costs before buying a die cutting machine. I know it sounds like I must make ten billion mats a year, lol. I make about five a year. I cut a variety of materials. I like to keep my mats separate for it's specific material. My paper crafting mats can last over three years.
Hope that helps.