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Resticking a Silhouette Mat (Tutorial)

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So you all went pretty much crazy over my tip on how to clean Silhouette cutting mats.  After I shared my easy trick, many of you asked how to restick a Silhouette cutting mat.   Well, I'm thrilled to say that we have Becky and Glenna here, once again, from My Paper Craze with the answer!

They're our first repeat subs here on Silhouette School and the mother-daughter team have what I know is going to be one tip that saves you a bunch of money.  Let's face it we'd all rather buy goodies like vinyl and paper than mats.  (As my 5 year old would say 'booooooring'). I'll let Becky and Glenna take it from here.


We're very excited to share another Silhouette tutorial with you, this one being super easy and definitely super useful: How to Resticky Your Cutting Mat!

As you all know, one of the major challenges faced by all crafters is the expense.  Now, I used to think that supplies were the reason for emptying my crafting fund, but I soon realized that I was spending a huge chunk of change on new cutting mats for my Silhouette machine.

I searched high and low to find mats on the cheap, but even clipping coupons couldn't keep up with the pace at which I was tearing through new mats. With a little research, I found that many crafters were experimenting with ways to resticky their old mats.

Now this is the important part... I also read reviews that resticky-ing your old mats and using them in your machine would void your Silhouette warranty, eek! I certainly didn't want that, so I waited out my first year, saving my old used up mats... until my Silhouette warranty expired... and got to work! Be sure you check your own warranty information or resticky at your own risk {wink}!

I tried two very similar methods, both involving spray adhesive. A quick Google search will reveal that there are a million methods available, but again, I'm going with the cheap and easy.

The first mat is a standard 12 x 12 Silhouette brand mat that has been severely used and abused. I think at one point I was even taping my cardstock on the mat because it had absolutely no stick left!

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The second mat is a cheaper brand mat that I picked up on Amazon for a very inexpensive price. Unfortunately, I got what I paid for and this mat was done for after one project (it's more the equivalent of a light weight mat).

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On to resticking the Silhouette mat! Taking one glance at my poor little thing, you will see how dirty and used up it is.

In this case, I decided to do a full revamp and start with a clean slate! For this tutorial on how to restick a Silhouette mat, your supplies will be: Goo Gone, kitchen sponge, dish soap, spray adhesive and tape. This is a two part process - first the cleaning and removal of the original adhesive and then the resticking process.

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1. Take the used cutting mat and lay it on a flat, water approved surface, such as a counter or table. Remove any non-water safe objects, this is going to get messy!

2. Opening the bottle of Goo Gone, dribble a little around the mat.

3. Grab your sponge and start-a-scrubbin'. You should be able to see all the nasties coming off your mat.

4. Once I feel fairly certain that the old sticky is gone, grab the dish soap and give your mat a good washing. You can use the same sponge.
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5. Drag your mat over to the sink for a rinse. If you see that you haven't gotten all the old sticky mess off, just repeat steps 2-4 until it's nice and clean.

6. Once clean, dry with a towel and set to the side. You want to make sure the mat is fully dry before applying the spray adhesive.

While that mat dries, let's visit our slightly used but unsticky off-brand mat. This little guy wasn't too bad, so I decided a full revamp would not be necessary. After reading Silhouette School's tutorial on Silhouette Cutting Mat Cleaning: Easiest Way to Remove Lint, Dust & Paper, I grabbed some tape and when to town! While the evidence left on the tape revealed that the mat was quite a bit dirtier than I thought, I tossed it in the trash and set my mat aside.

Now we have two clean cutting mats and we're ready to move to the second part of the process - resticking. Whether you are starting with a complete makeover or just a touch up, the process is the same for both from here on

1. To restick a Silhouette mat, I used Dritz Basting Spray from my local Wal-Mart for less than $10.00. 

2. Tape off the edges of your mats to prevent spraying adhesive on the entire surface. Why? Because you don't want adhesive where your rollers will make contact, it'll just gunk them up... and I do not have a tutorial for that {LOL}.

3. Before spraying any adhesive, remember these two important rules: ALWAYS spray in a well ventilated area {AND} spray on a safe surface, such as outside or a covered table. With any product, crafting or not, we always recommend reading the full manufacturer's instructions before using.

4. Spray away! Try to spray an even coat over the exposed surface of your mat. I continued to spray until I had a nice white layer. Once dry, I even went back for a second, thinner layer.

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5. Allow to dry completely before using! You'll notice that your mat may have some fuzzies on there, but fear not! Pat your hand on the mat a little, like you would if you were testing the stickiness, and the fuzzies will fit right in with the rest of the adhesive. They just need a little encouragement! You may be able to see them, but they won't interfere with the stickiness of your mat.

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6. Remove the tape from the edges of your mat.

7. Voila --- a resticky-ed cutting mat!

How to Resticky Your Cutting Mat by My Paper Craze

So to recap, I revamped two cutting mats to like-new shape for less than $10.00, with adhesive left over for future use! While it may not seem like a huge savings, I would average that this method will save me approximately $247.00 (plus wait time and shipping!). Although only time will tell, I would imagine that this method wouldn't last quite as long as a new Silhouette mat. But, in a pinch, it definitely beats having to wait or make a special shopping trip to finish your project!

Thanks, again, to Melissa for allowing us to share this neat little tip with you!

A special thanks to Becky and Glenna from My Paper Craze for sharing this awesome tutorial on resticking a Silhouette cutting mat with us.  Be sure to pop in and follow these lovely ladies on your favorite social networking sites:

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  1. I found the Eclipse mat to last WAY longer the the Silhouette mat and it is by far less expensive. Thanks for the re-sticky tips.

  2. I tried a basting spray by Spray n' Bond. It did re-stick the mat, however it also left sticky residue on the back of my vinyl backing. Since I'm making wall decals to sell having a gunk covered backing is less than desirable! Not sure what else to try though . . .

  3. You won't need googone to get ride of the old sticky. I found plain ol Dawn dish soap works fine with a scrub sponge.

  4. I haven't tried it yet but I once worked as an architect and we used a lot of reworkable fixative on the surface of all kinds of materials building models and such. An old can I have is labeled Krylon Workable Fixatif. Amazon has many brands

  5. Will this tutorial make the mat as sticky as a standard cutting mat or more of a light hold cutting mat?


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