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Old 31 January 2010, 14:40   #1
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This has probably been asked many times before but what is the best type of foam to use on a rib jockey seat?

At the moment i have chipped foam but it seems to hold a lot of water and has lost it's support and only just over 6 months old.

Is there anything better out there or do i stick with chipped foam and possibly a waterproof cover?

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Chipped foam seemed to be the thing to use when I was looking.

Hows things?
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This has probably been asked many times before but what is the best type of foam to use on a rib jockey seat?

At the moment i have chipped foam but it seems to hold a lot of water and has lost it's support and only just over 6 months old.

Is there anything better out there or do i stick with chipped foam and possibly a waterproof cover?

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Whn I had some pads made they bagged the chip foam in heat sealed bags.
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This has probably been asked many times before but what is the best type of foam to use on a rib jockey seat?

At the moment i have chipped foam but it seems to hold a lot of water and has lost it's support and only just over 6 months old.

Is there anything better out there or do i stick with chipped foam and possibly a waterproof cover?

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I made a trip to a local foam supplies shop and ended up with two types of foam .
the bottom foam was slightly firmer than the top 2 inch layer.
Glued together before they were covered.
Still soft to sit on ..
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PLEASE don't ask me where to get it ('cos I don't have a clue) but I gather you need a "closed cell" foam and then do a "Big Chris" on it and either seal it or wrap it in film before covering it. I'll be experimenting this season 'cos me seats are "end of life"
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I made a trip to a local foam supplies shop and ended up with two types of foam .
the bottom foam was slightly firmer than the top 2 inch layer.
Glued together before they were covered.
Still soft to sit on ..
This process is called "dual density foam" and is often used in more expensive cars to produce a seat that is both supportive and comfortable. It also helps in making you feel you are sat 'in' rather than 'on' a seat.

If you can manage the complexity of two foam types it's a good way to go
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I have closed cell as recommended by the marine upholsterer whon did the job. It's a touch pricey, but wont hold water like regular foam. Dunno why you'd need to wrap it in anything though.
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Dunno why you'd need to wrap it in anything though.
"To be sure to be sure!"

Thanks Mollers, I could use your homolinear comedic support more often
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I have closed cell as recommended by the marine upholsterer whon did the job. It's a touch pricey, but wont hold water like regular foam. Dunno why you'd need to wrap it in anything though.
In case the closed cells become open cells.
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In case the closed cells become open cells.
How can that happen? If cut, water cant get beyond the one cut cell. Wrapping the whole issue in cling film is only likely to trap moisture and cause the seat to sweat. Only my opinion of course.
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We've been here before, reticulating foam is what's used on high end rib seating.
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Is this an Ann Summers product?
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I'd have to ask the wife about that.

Your local upholsterer should be able to tell you a bit more about it, it's not cheap, but then quality never is.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reticulated_foam
Porous.
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It shouldn't happen, can't see any harm in wrapping it in cling film as like you say the cells shouldn't open so the moisture in the "sweat" won't affect it.

Not sure whats in mine, the foam I bought I ended up sitting on when I did the antifouling.
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Dunno why you'd need to wrap it in anything though.
Cause I was referring to chip foam.
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Will not hold any moisture at all!
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the upholster i use, well both of them, use what they call quick dry foam as the base, which is quite hard and then stick another softer foam to the top and sides of it to make it more comfortable.

both the foams they use do no absorb water, which i think is the main concern.

this is used on all the seats i supply and on my curved composite back rests.
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the upholster i use, well both of them, use what they call quick dry foam as the base, which is quite hard and then stick another softer foam to the top and sides of it to make it more comfortable.

both the foams they use do no absorb water, which i think is the main concern.

this is used on all the seats i supply and on my curved composite back rests.
Could be the same stuff i used expensive but worth it.
as the underside of the seats have breather holes in them. they also let the air out as you sit on them.
There water proof.
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In the course of constructing our air/foam tubes we have quite a lot of offcuts of closed cell polyethylene foam which unfortunately end up in the waste skip. We use two different weights which I believe would be ideal for the job, a soft one at 18kgs per cubic metre and a harder one at 33kgs. If anyone has a requirement and wants to call in and help themselves they are more than welcome. Collection only.

This is one of 15 tubes for the Italian Coastguard under construction which are 18 metres long with a 1 metre diameter, and constructed with an inner tube, 80mm thick closed cell foam and then covered with outer Hypalon covering.
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