Once your scratch off map arrives it’s time to start scratchin’! Before you excitedly dive right in, we wanted to share some tips we’ve learned along the way. Using the wrong utensil or pressure can potentially scratch too deep and remove color.
Best Scratch-off Utensils to Use on Your Map
- Toothpick – The most underrated utensil is by far the toothpick! A toothpick is the best way to precisely scratch off detailed sections of your map, as well as any borders. If you don’t have any toothpicks on hand, you can usually grab one quickly at a nearby restaurant.
- Plastic card – Grab a plastic card such as a gift card or credit card, and use the corner for scratching.
- Guitar pick – These make excellent scratch off utensils! The problem is not everyone has them laying around, but if you do, you’ve got a the perfect scratch off tool.
- Coin – The classic choice and most widely used in photo ops. There’s nothing wrong with using a good old fashioned coin, but it is critical that you don’t scratch too hard. Feel free to use any coin you prefer, although quarters are the most widely used.
Don’t Scratch Too Hard!
It’s very important to not scratch the foil too hard. Scratching too hard will not only take off the layer of foil, but also the layer underneath. We suggest scratching very lightly at first, and increasing pressure as needed. Voyage Mapper scratch off maps are not cheap, so please take your time scratching. We tested our competitor’s maps and saw that some were very difficult to scratch off. We specifically designed Voyage Mapper scratch off world maps to be easy to scratch off.
Rest Your Hand on a Cloth
We recommend resting your hand on a soft cloth as you scratch, because dirty or oily hands can discolor the foil.
Tools to Avoid
Do not use any utensils that are metal and sharp, as these tools can scratch too deep. Avoid using sharp tools like pins, keys, knives, etc. Your scratch off map will last you a long time if you take care of it and protect it.
Remember to take your time! Your scratch off map will last you a long time, so be sure to go slow when scratching off areas so you do not scratch off more than you intend.
As you scratch, just blow off the shavings, or wipe them with a Kleenex or paper towel.
If you have any tips or suggestions for scratching, let us know in the comment section below!