I recently got a new desk and and I had a lot of trouble with my optical mouse and its not functioning with the surface.
I did a lot of research and found that new optical mice work very well on Teflon coated materials. Immediately I bolted up the stairs and grabbed my mothers T-Fal frying pan. Upon trying it out i realized how responsive and precise the mouse was now reacting (not to mention the Teflon pads of the mouse on the Teflon top is slick as butter) . After looking at some Teflon pads online i thought... "hey, there expensive.... imma build one of those." The next day I stopped at Wal-mart an picked up a Teflon Coated pan.
Step 1: Materials
This cost me about $25
Step 2: Tools
-A Metre stick, yard stick, or ruler.
-An old knife
-A bastard file
-A sink with soapy water
Step 3: Marking Out What Size Pad You Want
Step 4: Cutting It Out
Step 5: Scraping, Filing and Sanding
Next use your bastard and file the edges semi-smooth. make them so there not sharp any more just rough.
Finally take your sand paper and give the edges a good going over. After this they should be smooth as a baby's bottom.
Step 6: The Most Important Step: Give It a Nice Relaxing Bath.
In order keep the Teflon topcoat in good shape and to keep from ruining the entire project....
We must wash!
Just rinse all the the big metal filing off of the board first, then emerge the whole thing down into soapy water. Give it a quick rinse again then towel dry.
Step 7: Finished!
Now! MOUSE! MOUSE like never MOUSED before!