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The SlipGrip Hobby Mat is an upcoming product from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, not yet commercially available (as of this writing). It sounds pretty incredible:

Pull Your Hobby Out of the Basement!


SLIPGRIP Hobby Mats can transform any area into a quick set-up & clean-up art studio.

  • Sets Up and Cleans Up in Seconds!
  • Patented No-Stick Surface Resists Paint, Heat, Glue, Chemicals & Solvents
  • Grips the Table Top for Stable Workspace!
  • Lasts a long, long time

The SlipGrip even has its own website:

SlipGrip in its tube

The mat comes in a sturdy plastic tube, along with a cover page. My sample is the new "small" size, created after feedback from Origins attendees - roughly 12" x 16". (Others sizes are available, up to 18" x 30".)

SlipGrip mat

The top side of the mat is tan-colored, with the patented no-stick surface. The bottom of the mat is covered with a reddish no-slip backing.

Jeff Barden at Saint-Gobain gave me a few hobby-specific suggestions for putting the mat to work:

  1. paint pallet "I use nothing else now, as I got tired of replacing my pallets (and cleaning them)"
  2. modeling putty work area
  3. gluing station "I've found wet sponges (best are the kitchen scrubber sponges) are best to wipe away super glue wet, but letting stuff dry and then flake/wipe off is even easier"
  4. spray station "If you magnetize bases, you can place models directly on a baking pan and spray away (then wipe clean the SlipGrip) but you can also glue models on the SlipGrip with a bond light enough for spraying"

Time to try out my SlipGrip!