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So after searching for a large aluminum mousepad and discovering none exist, I decided to make my own.

Now I know it's not perfect--in fact it's quite rough lol--but I seriously spent less than 10 minutes of effort on it. Every single one of my mice work flawlessly on it and I cannot get any of them to malfunction. I play at 100cm/360.

I use a scrap piece of aluminum from work, 2mm thick, originally intended as cable tray, and quickly cut it with a shearing tool we have. It squares the edges as they cut so I knew they were as close to 90 as I cared for. I then cut 45 degree notches in the corners. An angle grinder came next softening the edges and rounding the sharp corners. I buffed the top of the pad in a circular motion with a plastic-based abrasive pad as well as wet-buffed it with the same pad. Lastly, sprayed one thick coat of PlastiDip on the back and let dry for 10 minutes outside, collecting floaties as traction smile.gif






I own multiple mousepads, including a Destructor 2, Scarab, NGen C4, GearedGS Titan Aluminum, 4HD, Alioth 400, and a HeatoN XL.
I've owned a Sphex, Kabuto, Goliathus Extended Control, and Vespula.

Total Cost: $5 for can of PlastiDip, still full.


I want to encourage all of you to do something similar so we can really stick it to the big companies for charging so much for mousepads! tongue.gif
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Great idea, love that you did this yourself. I will definitely be making my own if my glass steelseries ever breaks. Consumerism = bad. +rep biggrin.gif

It might be epic if we could get a DIY series going on for different types of mouse pads as well.
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Great idea, love that you did this yourself. I will definitely be making my own if my glass steelseries ever breaks. Consumerism = bad. +rep biggrin.gif

It might be epic if we could get a DIY series going on for different types of mouse pads as well.

I wanted to make a large version (18"x16") of the glass SteelSeries mouse pad, but there was absolutely no company that could supply me with black frosted glass, so that plan died.

And on second thought, it was hard enough to keep the tiniest pieces of micro-dust from getting on my regular sized glass mousepad on a daily basis, and feeling them under my mouse made me rage, so maybe it was a good idea I couldn't get a custom one made. It would've been impossible to keep it clean.
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I wanted to make a large version (18"x16") of the glass SteelSeries mouse pad, but there was absolutely no company that could supply me with black frosted glass, so that plan died.

And on second thought, it was hard enough to keep the tiniest pieces of micro-dust from getting on my regular sized glass mousepad on a daily basis, and feeling them under my mouse made me rage, so maybe it was a good idea I couldn't get a custom one made. It would've been impossible to keep it clean.
Yeah... I learned that it isn't black frosted glass. It is just painted on the bottom... And mine now is special edition with swirls from where I scrubbed it in the sink... rolleyes.gif

I think it would be epic to get some frosted glass or glass and use fine grit on it, then paint it, then use rhino liner/plasti-dip on it. biggrin.gif
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So after using the pad for a night, I decided I didn't fully like it so I made another one, with a couple tweaks, of course.

First thing I did differently was made the pad more square; it looks cleaner now.
Secondly, I took a die grinder to the surface with a scotch-brite pad and created a tighter circular pattern.
Lastly, I glued small rings with rubber on them to the bottom as anti-slip; in total, the pad is 4mm high. Personally, I like it being raised vs flush.

The new surface is much easier to glide across.




As for glass pads, simply buy a glass cutting board from Amazon. I was using one of these for awhile. The one I had wasn't frosted, but rather a "large grain" (like plastic) and that was the fastest/slipperiest "pad" I've ever owned. I eventually got solder on it and the mouse feet catch now.

I like the idea of a large glass pad. I'm going to see if I can obtain a large piece of glass and sandblast it.
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I like their mouse-pads, too bad the shipping price kills it.
http://www.alugraphics.de/cms/de/gaming-mauspads.html
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Looks nice, but I'm wondering how fast do you go through your mouse skates with this?
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I ordered 2 sets for mine and never worn through my year old first. It has two different textured sides.
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