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Old 04-01-2018, 11:13 PM   #1
Karen Mukherjee
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 3
Reparing mats Advice requested

I'd like advice on how to repair attain Swain & Zebra mats (both similar green mats) that have had the glue deteriorate b/c of time & temperature extremes in a garage dojo. The glue that attaches the grippy bottom part to the rest of the mat needs to be redone. What is the best adhesive and procedure to repair this?
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Old 04-02-2018, 06:59 AM   #2
Dojo: Aikido of Norfolk/ Aikido Society of Memphis
Location: Norfolk, VA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 162
Re: Reparing mats Advice requested


Those are old sites, so there might be newer products. They talk about a glue called VLP. It's fairly cheap and offered on Amazon.

Jim Baker
Aikido of Norfolk
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:49 AM   #3
Garth Jones
Dojo: Allegheny Aikido
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 164
Re: Reparing mats Advice requested

The Zebra mats folks recommend 3M 77 Spray Adhesive (available in most big box stores) when trimming the mats to custom sizes. I did that and it works pretty well as long as there is weight on the glue joint. Using it to glue the bottom vinyl back on should work fine.
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Old 04-03-2018, 09:12 PM   #4
Karen Mukherjee
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Re: Reparing mats Advice requested

Thank you. I will investigate both options and see which works best.
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Old 04-03-2018, 09:19 PM   #5
Karen Mukherjee
Join Date: Mar 2018
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Re: Reparing mats Advice requested

Actually, I saw VLP on those sites you mentioned and that seems best for repairing tears in the vinyl so it seems the 3m 77 spray will be the best bet to re-adhere the grippy layer to the bottom of the mats.
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