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I have some toploaders I use to protect my maps but I know some folks use plexiglass.

What solution is best? If I go the plexiglass route where do I get a piece big enough to protect a map?
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Poster frame works fine for me.
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you can buy plexiglass or perspex from sellers on ebay - various sizes
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redstarnyc wrote:
...where do I get a piece big enough to protect a map?




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I use a piece of non-reflecting glass. I used plexiglass before, but it is very prone to scratches.
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redstarnyc wrote:
I have some toploaders I use to protect my maps but I know some folks use plexiglass.

What solution is best? If I go the plexiglass route where do I get a piece big enough to protect a map?


Don't get pieces too big to carry.

I use 18"x24" which fits fine for a 2x2 panel map (like Combat Commander). I use 2 for 4x2 panel map (like 90% of all wargame maps).

These fit in my portfolio to carry all of Combat Commander maps.

I also use with all crayon drawing railroad games using wet erase (i.e. OH projector) markers which don't smudge and come in 8 colors.
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sullafelix wrote:
Poster frame works fine for me. ;)


This would be my suggestion; you can get poster frames in some pretty big sizes, and then you can either properly mount the board in the frame, or simply throw out everything but the clear plexi and just lay it over your map.

Depending on the size and how the map can be folded or broken down, most Kinko's-type places will have laminating machines that will provide protection from the average soda spill. "Soft" lamination will allow the board to be folded easily; "Hard" lamination will protect better and is good for a final draft of your gameboard, but will require some planning to allow the board to fold (and many hard-laminator machines are more limited in maximum width; the main use of this tech was to laminate paper-printed ID cards, before the laser-printed plastic ones became popular).
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