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ScoutJock24 Sep 2021 8:01 p.m. PST

I recently bought one of their river mats and while the artwork is very convincing, I would like to put a little sheen and possibly some wave texture on it. I've got some plastic river sheets that will work with some work but I was wondering if anybody has used a flexible varnish similar to Modge Podge on one of their mats and what the result was?

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2021 8:34 a.m. PST

I have some swamp scenery pieces from Novus Design Studio made of a soft, floppy, rubbery sort of plastic--not at all the same thing as Cigar Box Mats. I didn't like the flat-ish finish, so I painted the water with a gloss finish (Vallejo, I think). It looked better for a while, but now, years later, I can see little cracks in the finish. I don't know how applicable this might be to your mat, but it is something to watch for. You may want to look for a material that not only gives the river a sheen, but is flexible as well.


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