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    Disintegrating contact proofer foam

    How many APUGer's have this problem? I have two contact proofers that have gray foam that is disintegrating. I can't use the proofers because the foam bits get stuck on the neg pages or on the neg itself. Is there a place to buy replacement foam that won't rot?

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    I looked in the local phone book (remember those) and went to a place that sold foam for matresses and other applications. They had some closed cell foam (and it was black) and I bought a 1/4th sheet of it. Cut it to fit my frame, and glued it in with contact cement. Works great.
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    Thanks for the tip. Maybe I could get some foam scraps.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Keyes View Post
    I looked in the local phone book (remember those) and went to a place that sold foam for matresses and other applications. They had some closed cell foam (and it was black) and I bought a 1/4th sheet of it. Cut it to fit my frame, and glued it in with contact cement. Works great.
    Maybe I could get some foam scraps.

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    i just scrapped it all off and use without the foam
    what actually does the foam do?
    regards

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    I would think good felt would work just as well since that's what's used in all my split back contact frames.

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    I replaced the disintegrating foam in mine with a neoprene mouse pad cut to fit, it works pretty well.

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    Joann Fabric store(not sure if they're in your area). or any good, large(ish) fabric store will have roll foam(1/4" thick), generally with some cloth glued to one side. I just scraped off all the old foam, sanded in smooth, and covered the bare place with gorilla glue(or any other strong adhesive), and then laid the cut-to-size piece of foam down.

    works like a charm, and very cost effective too

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    We used to have a foam supplier in Kingston, where I bought foam sheet to resurrect a couple of proofers. They're closed now; try googling "foam sheet suppliers" - should do the trick
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    Thanks APUGers for all the great tips. So many vendors and substitutes for foam. One proofer which I keep in the box, the packing foam is fine. However, the foam in the proofer is shot. Should have used the better form for the proofer

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