good surface finish for using mouse on desk

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I have always used my mouse on my desk as I find mousemats always get in the
way,
I now have a logitech optical wireles mouse wich means I no longer need a to
have a surface wich is gripy enough to grip the ball so i should be able to
make it slide more easily, however what i find is in the place where ive
been using my mouse on my desk for some years its become very non slipy the
mouse sticks making it very hard to move it from standstil then it jumps too
far wich has become very anoying indeed, ive tried re laquring that part of
the desk and it was ok for a little while but then its back to same as
before or worse, ive tried furniture polish of course and this works
briliantly for about 20 minutes, i dont know if its this particular mouse,
the pads underneath seem a bit large and being wireless its a bit heavier
cos its got bateries inside, ive even tried french polish but agin its fine
for a while then it seems worse. it seems as if a glassy surface (where its
been polished by the mouse or by me) is actualy worse than the relativly
scratched part of my desk.

anyone got any ideas what i can do to treat the surface? ive just about run
out ...

Colin =^.^=
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    colin wrote:

    >I now have a logitech optical wireles mouse [...]
    >however what i find is in the place where ive
    >been using my mouse on my desk for some years its become very non
    slipy the
    >mouse sticks making it very hard to move it from standstil then it
    jumps too
    >far
    [...]
    >anyone got any ideas what i can do to treat the surface? ive just
    about run
    >out ...

    Instead of treating the top surface of the desk, you could try
    to treat the bottom surface of the mouse. Try making some low
    friction "coaster pads" using double-stick tape and some strips
    of plastic (cut up an old plastic package).

    If that works, you could replace the easily peeled double-stick
    tape with more durable double-stick foam tape. Do this only
    AFTER you figure out a coaster pad material which works well.
    Double-stick foam mounting tape does not peel easily or cleanly!

    Isaac Kuo
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    "colin" wrote:
    > I have always used my mouse on my desk as I find mousemats always get in
    the
    > way,
    > I now have a logitech optical wireles mouse wich means I no longer need a
    to
    > have a surface wich is gripy enough to grip the ball so i should be able
    to
    > make it slide more easily, however what i find is in the place where ive
    > been using my mouse on my desk for some years its become very non slipy
    the
    > mouse sticks making it very hard to move it from standstil then it jumps
    too
    > far wich has become very anoying indeed, ive tried re laquring that part
    of
    > the desk and it was ok for a little while but then its back to same as
    > before or worse, ive tried furniture polish of course and this works
    > briliantly for about 20 minutes, i dont know if its this particular mouse,
    > the pads underneath seem a bit large and being wireless its a bit heavier
    > cos its got bateries inside, ive even tried french polish but agin its
    fine
    > for a while then it seems worse. it seems as if a glassy surface (where
    its
    > been polished by the mouse or by me) is actualy worse than the relativly
    > scratched part of my desk.
    >
    > anyone got any ideas what i can do to treat the surface? ive just about
    run
    > out ...

    I use a big chunk (2' x 2') of thermoplatic laminate (Formica, Wilsonart, et
    cetera) as a mouse "pad". It's only 1/32" thick, so you don't notice it's
    there, and the size is limited only by the size of the piece that you buy.
    Coupled with the teflon sliders on the bottom of an optical mouse, it
    provides a virtually friction free sliding surface (a la John Dobson). .

    You can often get small pieces at a substantial discount by going to a
    floor/countertop shop and asking to buy remnants; avoid glossy
    styles/finishes.

    Jon
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    > anyone got any ideas what i can do to treat the surface? ive just about run
    > out ...

    Take a look at this product:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-999-201&depa=0
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    colin wrote:

    > I have always used my mouse on my desk as I find mousemats always get in the
    > way,
    > I now have a logitech optical wireles mouse wich means I no longer need a to
    > have a surface wich is gripy enough to grip the ball so i should be able to
    > make it slide more easily, however what i find is in the place where ive
    > been using my mouse on my desk for some years its become very non slipy the
    > mouse sticks making it very hard to move it from standstil then it jumps too
    > far wich has become very anoying indeed, ive tried re laquring that part of
    > the desk and it was ok for a little while but then its back to same as
    > before or worse, ive tried furniture polish of course and this works
    > briliantly for about 20 minutes, i dont know if its this particular mouse,
    > the pads underneath seem a bit large and being wireless its a bit heavier
    > cos its got bateries inside, ive even tried french polish but agin its fine
    > for a while then it seems worse. it seems as if a glassy surface (where its
    > been polished by the mouse or by me) is actualy worse than the relativly
    > scratched part of my desk.
    >
    > anyone got any ideas what i can do to treat the surface? ive just about run
    > out ...
    >
    > Colin =^.^=
    >
    >

    I use a 3M Precise Mousing Surface pad. It's very thin, less than the
    thickness of CD or DVD, and I have no problems with an optical mouse. I
    believe I have seen other brands of similar thin pads.
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    On Thu, 03 Mar 2005 20:51:23 GMT, "colin"
    <no.spam.for.me@ntlworld.com> wrote:

    >I have always used my mouse on my desk as I find mousemats always get in the
    >way,
    >I now have a logitech optical wireles mouse wich means I no longer need a to
    >have a surface wich is gripy enough to grip the ball so i should be able to
    >make it slide more easily, however what i find is in the place where ive
    >been using my mouse on my desk for some years its become very non slipy the
    >mouse sticks making it very hard to move it from standstil then it jumps too
    >far wich has become very anoying indeed, ive tried re laquring that part of
    >the desk and it was ok for a little while but then its back to same as
    >before or worse, ive tried furniture polish of course and this works
    >briliantly for about 20 minutes, i dont know if its this particular mouse,
    >the pads underneath seem a bit large and being wireless its a bit heavier
    >cos its got bateries inside, ive even tried french polish but agin its fine
    >for a while then it seems worse. it seems as if a glassy surface (where its
    >been polished by the mouse or by me) is actualy worse than the relativly
    >scratched part of my desk.
    >
    >anyone got any ideas what i can do to treat the surface? ive just about run
    >out ...
    >
    >Colin =^.^=
    >

    I use a pc of paper, affordable, easy to clean, usefull for taking
    notes.
    --

    Woodsy,
    Off the Grid, Off the Road, Off my Rocker...
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