Originally Posted by ironmanbldr
Any folks have a source for ethafoam locally (other than down at DRE)?
Years ago we used a company called Tharco in Denver, they had a box and shipping operation. Ethafoam is cut and glued together by our supplier in Albq, they are called Airworks. We make some interesting covered pads from it too, some for Grand Canyon Motor rigs, because it is closed cell. we make covers that go on boxes with ethafoam underneath.
Excuse me, I am getting off track. One place to look for ethafoam is at these places that sell customized packaging like companies that sell corregated boxes for shipping in bulk, and with companies that sell foam products. Often they have something called a clean out run, and the ethafoam is from white to black in color. The clean out run material is less expensive, but has color variation.
Ethafoam can be a cruel joke for Itchy ass syndrome, but it is because without a cover it deteriorates in the sun rather fast, and the skin pops open on the cells on the top allowing water to accumulate in the top 1/8 inch, and stay there or transfer to your shorts. With a cover it lasts for a long time, and IAS is not as big of a problem. If you want to see one of our products we made for AZ river runners, follow this link for
box pad covers
It is complex, and it is not cheap, but it does last. If you look at this, you will see there is a lot to this product that you may not need in a private boating application. There is always the idea of gluing a cover on yourself. I could talk about that if anyone is interested.