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xtreme cutting mat is "xtreme" allright...

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by AUTO-FX, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. AUTO-FX

    AUTO-FX Very Active Member

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    Xtremely wavy ! here's a pic of my cutting mat as i try to convince it to be flat like the table. 24 hours and it still wants to curl. the 5x10 i got is fine, but this 4x8 is bein a *#@%*. "Xtreme" suggests i put it in the sunlight to help it , but i would have to put it outside . Im loosing patience. A big iron maybe?!? Some starch too?
     

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  2. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    Maybe you can roll it up and put it in the sun to heat, then run it back in and lay it down before it cools?
     
  3. signcrafters london

    signcrafters london Very Active Member

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    Give it a little time. Mine (without guides) was like that at first, too. Five years later, couldn't be better.
     
  4. AUTO-FX

    AUTO-FX Very Active Member

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    Well,when it arrived, i left it rolled up, taped a peice of scrap corroplast over one end, and set up a heat gun pointing into it. Ran fer about an hour and a half like that. It helped a bit i guess, it's just really too stiff a material. I hope i dont have to wait 5 years haha ...
     
  5. petepaz

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    run the tourch over it a few times ..haha

    do you have a room with a lot of windows that gets warm during the day
    stick it in there for a while
     
  6. bayshorecreations

    bayshorecreations Very Active Member

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    It looks nice and flat in the picture you posted! Just leave it like that! lol
    Anyway, I agree put it outside in the sun for a few hours and it will flatten out just fine. I did that with mine and it worked.
     
  7. AUTO-FX

    AUTO-FX Very Active Member

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    okay, outside with the damn thing....
     
  8. Kemble

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    Lay it over the hood/roof of your car?
     
  9. Cross Signs

    Cross Signs Active Member

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    There's your problem...Bring it to Florida, It's a thousand degrees here now!!!
     
  10. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

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    Zap it in your microwave for 3:25 seconds then quickly lay it flat on the floor. Do the hokey pokey till it straghtens all out. Then once more, shake and roll it out.
     
  11. CES020

    CES020 Very Active Member

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    I have a cutting mat that's about 2-3 years old now. It came rolled up, and I couldn't get the waves out of it. I took it outside in the summer on a black asphalt parking lot and left it there for several hours. Brought it back inside, it laid flat as a pancake. It cooled off, back to the waves. Still 2-3 years later, it still has a couple places in it that won't lay flat. I have used banner hem tape, I have heated it with a heat gun, I have done everything I can think of and I can't get the waves out. I saw the guy at a sign show that we got it from and talked to him about it and he said every so often that get one that will not lay flat. No one knows why, and nothing seems to help, but it does happen.

    If you figure it out, let me know. I'd like to resolve this before I die :)
     
  12. AUTO-FX

    AUTO-FX Very Active Member

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    I just got back from the skating rink. the guy that runs the zambone says he can take care of it.
     
  13. Sign_Boy

    Sign_Boy Major Contributor

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    Quick Grip the corners to the table or sleep on it..
     
  14. Sign Works

    Sign Works Very Active Member

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    The solution for mine was to reverse roll it and set it in the sun for and hour or so, been laying flat ever since.
     
  15. Mike Paul

    Mike Paul Major Contributor

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    Give it 48?
     
  16. Charlie J

    Charlie J Very Active Member

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    We ended up putting double sided tape on all sides of ours. Worked pretty good,
     
  17. Not A Problem

    It will lay flat before you know it. If you have to screw the corners down
     
  18. Sticker Dude

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    This is what I was going to recommend
    also I think the glass will be heavy enough to make it lay flat :thumb:
     
  19. AUTO-FX

    AUTO-FX Very Active Member

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    FYI - STILL isnt flat. it spent the afternoon in the sun a week ago, taped perimeter to table while still warm. Bow came back. Shoulda stuck with 040 PVC. worked fine for years. Disappointed that I wasted $100.
     
  20. zmatalucci

    zmatalucci Very Active Member

    I'm in the same boat as you..Ended up screwing the edges to the table, and it still has tons of bows in it.
     
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