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    • JustAnotherSaver
    • By JustAnotherSaver 29th Nov 17, 10:33 PM
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    A good quality mat for servicing / working on car?
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    • 29th Nov 17, 10:33 PM
    A good quality mat for servicing / working on car? 29th Nov 17 at 10:33 PM
    I know what i'm looking for but you can imagine what i get when searching for a 'car mat'.

    Those thick sponge like boards you can put down to lay on for when working on the car. Like big kneel pads.

    Or is there something better, without talking about daft money?

    When i work on the car the surface is 20mm chippings so not the best of surfaces. Yes i know it'll take it out of whatever i put down but rather that than my knees, elbows & back.

    Anyone here have something & can link to their recommendation?

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    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 29th Nov 17, 10:40 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 10:40 PM
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sealey-VS858-Foldable-Mechanics-Work-Mat-/151323672565
    • chrisw
    • By chrisw 29th Nov 17, 11:04 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 11:04 PM
    I use big pieces of corrugated cardboard from packaging.
    • B_G_B
    • By B_G_B 29th Nov 17, 11:50 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 11:50 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 11:50 PM
    Or a fitness mat.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fitness-Mats/b?ie=UTF8&node=319559011

    or exercise mat.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_10_2?url=search-alias%3Dsports&field-keywords=excersize+mats&sprefix=ex%2Cundefined%2C1 43&crid=1KYGF87WSET2C

    or rubber mat.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=rubber+mat&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Arubber+mat
    Last edited by B_G_B; 29-11-2017 at 11:55 PM.
    • epninety
    • By epninety 30th Nov 17, 12:35 AM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 12:35 AM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 12:35 AM
    I've got one of these which has been in use most weekends for years and shows no sign of giving up yet... https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/mechanics-mat/ But I've also got a 2m x 1m piece of heavy foam I bought as an offcut, which is nicer because it's big enough you can kneel down on it and then crawl under the car without running out of mat. Something like stable matting, but not as heavy.
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 30th Nov 17, 8:48 AM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 8:48 AM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 8:48 AM
    I used a piece of insulation,the type that they put in houses between the bricks and the blockwork,it was about 2 inches thick and the best part was it was warm as the heat off your body was bounced back at you,kept it in my service van for ages till it snapped in half.
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • JustAnotherSaver
    • By JustAnotherSaver 30th Nov 17, 11:00 AM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 11:00 AM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 11:00 AM
    Superb. Thanks for the replies.

    Knew there was a better search term than car mat

    • cb1979
    • By cb1979 30th Nov 17, 1:47 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 1:47 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 1:47 PM
    I use the ones in the link below, i have also fitted them in my garage as i only keep a couple of motorcycles in there and saves parking on a cold damp floor in the winter
    They are approx 60cm square and lock together and just right when working on the Car

    They are also sold in DIY stores, Halford etc

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NON-SLIP-INTERLOCKING-EVA-SOFT-FOAM-MAT-FLOORING-EXERCISE-GYM-PLAY-GARAGE-RUBBER/132410621933?hash=item1ed449bfed:m:m3w9ftgqpecH7ky aCkrfVTQ
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 30th Nov 17, 3:51 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 3:51 PM
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    • 30th Nov 17, 3:51 PM
    Carpet offcuts here.
    • angrycrow
    • By angrycrow 30th Nov 17, 5:29 PM
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    Another vote for carpet off cuts but I double mine over for better passing and insulation. If you know anyone getting carpets changed cut some off the old carpet for free.

    Fitness mats tend to stick to things after a while around car fluids.
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 30th Nov 17, 8:16 PM
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    https://www.drapertools.com/product/64279/980-x-380mm-Mechanics-Foam-Mat

    About half that price from almost anywhere else but it is a good mat that doesn't blow around in the wind like lighter ones do.
    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 1st Dec 17, 3:25 PM
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    Stable mats - they're about an inch thick, comfortable, and warm to lie on.
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