You're spot about those mats. Absolute dust magnets! I always used an unwanted record but I like your idea better. A very inspiring breakfast if a bit unorthodox.
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I don't have any records that are that beat up. They all have some track or side that I still like. Plus the pizza was filling and gave me something to listen too while I listen to my old records. The brand was Orv's Tastee toppings. More esoteric brands or more expensive pizzas come with white cardbpoard so I suppose they would need no painting. Besides I like the black color better. Please feel free to use any color you wish. Plus I just thought we do not get something for free these days very often. And let us not forget that is one less peice of cardboard that has to be recycled or in the land fill. Besides I am a single guy and live on cheap pizzas!
In the past I did use a rubber plater mat from an old table.
I have found that the Elios (from Ohio, not New Jersey) does the best job. There are two from Ohio - I recommend the one with the green tab in the lower left corner; the ones with the green tab in the lower right corner are actually made by Tombstone, under the Elios label-absolute knock offs-don't use them.
I made my own dustcover (for my Lab 80) and got my materials at Hobby Lobby. Clear plastic book cover sheet and tape. Total cost = $2.00