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Old 08-03-2011, 07:24 PM
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foam repair , possible sound deadener

adding AC to the 83 D-150 by installing the "factory" ac system that I stripped out of an 85 D-150. Took apart the underdash box that houses the evaporator and heater core to give it a go over. Found that on one of the three internal air deflector doors the over molded foam was about gone.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/1371835...7627227233753/
So went in search of replacement foam.


Found a company named Foam Factory, they have a closed foam product called Volara
plan is to scrape the existing foam off the steel paddle and glue on the Volara.

the Volara is also advertized to be a good sound deadner, does not have the aluminum foil or adhesive, but the pricing looks good.
here is a link
http://www.closedcellfoams.com/volara.html

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I have used this before. Works great. It is used as a industrial application such as big chillers.
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Volara is closed cell foam, meaning it is very firm and not soft and spongy like polyurethane foam. It is also called landau foam because it was used under the old vinyl (landau) tops in the 60's and 70's. This is also still used under the fabric on door panels to cut designs in because it holds its shape so well.

You will need to scuff the surface to get the shine off of it so the glue will not just sit on the surface of the foam. Use high temp top and trim contact adhesive to glue it on. This is also called landau top and trim adhesive.
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Called Foam Factory and placed an order, after describing what I needed the guy recommended neoprene. So I bought a bought a piece of each.
will see how it works out.

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The Neoprene is the better choice for what you're using it for. It is more flexible than the Volara and will mold right on to the door you're covering. It is also a lot more expensive than Volara, but you don't need that much.
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here is a photo of the finished part

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1371835...7627548314213/

used the neoprene,,,turned out fine,, the part on the left is the paddle-door that I re did, the one on the right is another one of the original units out of the under dash unit. The one that I re worked ,, the foam overlay was in much worse shape, see photos earlier in this post.

I scraped off the deteriorated foam,, then blasted the steel paddle with AL02,
for the adhesive used 3M 1300 Scotch Grip,,I coated the steel paddle and the section of neoprene with the 3M 1300,, let them air set for about 45 seconds then put them together, set the paddle flat,, with the neoprene that was glued facing up,, set in two layers of neoprene, not glued, on top placed about 35 lbs of weights one the sandwitch to really push it down,, let it set over night,, turned out perfect.

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