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BigLee13 Feb 2013 8:48 a.m. PST

I've just managed to lay my hands on a Mat-o-War to use for my desert wargames. The material actually looks a bit darker than the pictures online suggested and I'd like to 'treat' the surface in some way to lighten it. Several sources suggest the Mat-o-war is paintable but none actually give any details.


Has anyone here ever tried painting one of these mats? I'm particularly interested in learning what paints you used and how you applied them to your own Mat-o-War.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions, any help would be much appreciated.


PiersBrand13 Feb 2013 8:54 a.m. PST

Hi Lee,

We used spray paints to do ours… In fact the one you have likely seen online is one of the ones we sprayed. The guys who run Mat-o-War are two of our club members.

We just used various car spray paints and even a textured spray too.

Works fine, just leave it to dry for a good while.

BigLee13 Feb 2013 9:14 a.m. PST


I assume that acrylic sprays would work OK then? I'm sure I have a load of cans lurking somewhere at home. What makes did you use?


MikeHobbs13 Feb 2013 9:16 a.m. PST

Hi I echo Piers advice

use spray cans and lightly dust the surface from about 18" away, don't spray directly onto the mat from too close as you'll saturate it.

also you can paint both sides so you can have different effects on each

take your time and you'll get some great effects

cantbeatdavy13 Feb 2013 10:34 a.m. PST

ok so where do i get these from?
do they have a website?

PiersBrand13 Feb 2013 1:54 p.m. PST


yes acrylics work fine.

And Mike makes some good points!

As for where to get them;


Funnily enough we were looking at the new test pieces of a new grass green mat the other day…

cantbeatdavy13 Feb 2013 2:11 p.m. PST


BigLee20 Feb 2013 3:13 a.m. PST

Thanks to everyone that contributed advice to this thread. Here's my Mat-o-War after painting and here's the article I wrote about it.



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