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Thread: Foam for cases

  1. #1

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    Sep 2009
    San Francisco, CA

    Foam for cases

    I need to buy foam for a Pelican 1650-type case. If you buy the real deal is pretty expensive. Where can you buy this padding? I need to store my lights in a case. Thanks.

  2. #2

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    Jul 2010
    Ontario, Canada

    Re: Foam for cases

    Hi Mario!

    Did you perhaps, already try doing a google Forum Search...
    Or a 'general' search on this topic? The following URL Links should get you started:

    Thank-you, -Tim.

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    Drew Bedo's Avatar
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    Oct 2006
    Houston Texas

    Re: Foam for cases

    I don't know really . . .maybe a fabric store like Jo?Ann?
    Drew Bedo

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  4. #4

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    Feb 2007
    Grand Junction,CO

    Re: Foam for cases

    Go to any auto upholstery shop

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    adelorenzo's Avatar
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    Whitehorse, Yukon

    Re: Foam for cases

    Here in Canada you can buy the egg crate foam and the pick-n-pluck foam cheaply at Canadian Tire. I'd check your equivalent tool/auto parts store.

    For example:

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    Russian Federation

    Re: Foam for cases

    Good store: Albu , Case& Bags:

  7. #7

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    Dec 2006
    Minneapolis, MN, USA

    Re: Foam for cases

    Surely in San Francisco there must be a shop or 2 that specializes in foam. It will vary in density. You can pretty well bet that any white foam sucks (it will degrade over time and form small bits that migrate into your camera). Foam intended for electronics cases tends to be good. If you can freeze the foam, it will cut easier with a sharp filet knife.

  8. #8

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    SooooCal/LA USA

    Re: Foam for cases

    A dealer in commercial shipping supplies should have it, as I've seen technical commercial items shipped in it...

    One place I worked at long ago sold it... It came from some supplier... We used to cut it down to size using one of those electric knives that carve turkeys up on Thanksgiving... Worked great, would cut a nice flat plane!!! (Look for one at a garage sale...)

    Steve K

  9. #9

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    Aug 2013
    Atlanta, Georgia USA

    Re: Foam for cases

    Quote Originally Posted by macandal View Post
    I need to buy foam for a Pelican 1650-type case. If you buy the real deal is pretty expensive. Where can you buy this padding? I need to store my lights in a case. Thanks.
    Have you thought about alternatives? Today I was in WalMart and saw some dense foam yoga mats rolled up and was thinking the material might be usable to line my camera cases.

    BTW, the case I bought for my Mamiya RB-67 system back in the '70s has foam padding that has turned into grey dust!

    A couple weeks ago a fellow was demonstrating some foam padding (for shoes?) that looked only as thick as a couple sheets of paper but protected fresh eggs from breaking when dropped from a height of about six feet. Golly, I wish I had made some notes. All I remember is he said the foam pads were made in "Europe".

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    Old School Wayne
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    Dec 1999

    Re: Foam for cases

    I read up and researched all sorts of places to buy and ways to make my own padded backpack case. Finally decided I had already wasted more than $60 worth of my time, and just ponied up & ordered $60 worth of Pelican.

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