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Waco Joe27 Feb 2016 6:42 a.m. PST

Having recently purchased the rules I decided to use a vinyl banner company to create a 4'x8' mat with a 15cm grid. The details extra pictures are on my blog: link And here is a picture of the finished product"

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Total cost around $45 USD including shipping.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Feb 2016 6:55 a.m. PST

That's a really excellent result at a very reasonable price! I really like the shade of green.

A really clever idea to approach a banner company, I might look at that myself.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Feb 2016 8:32 a.m. PST

I have thought of doing the same for roads. Just curious:

(a) How "shiny" is the mat? Do you think Dullcoat would stick?
(b) Best guess, would the edges curl/wrinkle if it were cut into road strips 1" wide? At that price I'm tempted to try. Some curl might be removed by putting them under a dictionary….

Waco Joe27 Feb 2016 8:52 a.m. PST

I would describe the finish as a semi-gloss/satin finish. The glare is more noticeable to a camera than the naked eye. I would think Dullcote could tone that down.

I think 1" wide strips might curl a bit but the vinyl has thread cross hatching that helps to keep things flat over time. Pressing under a weight should help as should a hot air gun on low. You could always paint a backing like gesso to help flatten it.

PM me your mailing address and I will cut a strip off the end and let you play.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Feb 2016 9:52 a.m. PST

Thanks but no need. We have a banner place here in town that I'm sure I can get some free samples from….

Frankly given their prices I'm going to try a small one of paved roads and go from there.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2016 7:02 p.m. PST

Great idea. We have a sign/banner company where I've purchased magnetic sheeting. I'll bet they can do this. I've been wondering how to get a gridded table covering for To the Strongest! for a while. Now I know!

Thanks,

Jim

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