Yeah, that's a really tough approach with the foam to get a good final result. The foam does compress, but when it's cut unevenly, the bulges will be evident once it's wrapped. When it's a single piece and the only cut portions are at the bottom edges of the rail, it's typically fairly well hidden. But having the seams running around the top is almost definitely what's causing the problem. If you recover it in the future, I'd probably just rip off the side foam pieces and run the cutting knife straight up and down along the inner and outer edges to get a nice straight foam line, that'll be a lot easier to wrap. The key to getting a nice looking rail isn't necessarily pulling the bejesus out of the vinyl, but rather taking your time and pulling the same way (force, direction, method) from start to finish. Lesson learned for the next table, and it does look like it's functional and comfortable. I've seen and played on a lot worse
I'm fairly surprised they said that, typically my experience has been the suited speed cloth (and even more so - the mini-suited) has better card slide than the unsuited material. I think slightly raised suit pattern provides more "air" under the cards as they're pitched. I honestly don't think there is a "wrong" side for the unsuited material, the fabric is one layer thick without a backing, then they treat it to make it water repellent and I think the coating soaks fully into the cloth. The SSC has two layers, the base material and then the stitching for the suit patterns, so there's definitely an up and down side. For the few tables I've used it on, I dribble some water on both sides to see if one beads up more, but honestly it's usually the same so I don't think it matters.I got the felt down on the table. Everything seems great, but I think I may have put the wrong side up. The contact from YAT indicated that the unsuited speed cloth has the most slide of all felts. This does not have more than my current suited speed cloth. Without the suites, it was hard to tell which side was supposed to be up.