​Choosing Replacement Foam for your Gun Case

​Choosing Replacement Foam for your Gun Case

When a Do-It-Yourself gun enthusiast begins researching replacement foam for their gun case, the search can quickly become confusing and frustrating. Before we get into some of the finer points of selecting your gun case foam, let’s take a look at the different types of foam you may have already found in your Google search and quickly eliminate some types of foam you should never consider for your gun case. 

Polyurethane Foam - ABSOLUTELY!

Polyurethane Foam is used for fill, packing, shipping, mattress toppers, dog beds, and costumes.Thicker pieces will develop “sink” areas after a period of time that may or may not return to its original form over time.

Charcoal Foam - ABSOLUTELY!

Charcoal Foam is a type of polyurethane foam used primarily in cases, such as computer, camera, and gun cases and gets its name from its color. Charcoal Foam is also used for packing and shipping, acoustical dampening, and soundproofing.

High Density Foam - YES!

High-Density Foam is sold primarily for mattresses, average quality sofas, chair cushions, bay windows, boats, and camping pads. High-Density Foam is the most commonly used foam type in the furniture manufacturing industry.

Closed Cell Foam - MAYBE

Closed Cell Foam is non-water absorbent, non-biodegradable, floats, has great tensile strength, and is impervious to petroleum. Closed Cell Foam is used in exercise mats, high impact aerobic equipment, and mechanic’s box lining. It is a good thermal insulator (hot tub covers). This is an extremely dense foam that actually could have great applications with heavier firearms

High Resilience Foam - NO!

High Resilience Foam is used in most types of expensive furniture, including yachting and boating. High Resilience Foam makes for an excellent mattress, as it is very buoyant and resilient.

Lux Foam - NO!

Lux Foam, also known as Evlon foam, is very buoyant and long-lasting. Lux Foam is a “good” foam, typically used for upper-scale furniture seating and mattresses.

Rebond Foam - NO!

Rebond Foam is used for carpet padding, weight equipment, motorcycle seats, and other covered padding. Rebond Foam is very resilient and stands up to high impact/usage.

Dry Fast Foam - NO!

Dry Fast Foam is very good for outdoor uses. It is non-water absorbent and won’t mold, rot or mildew. It is very resilient and buoyant, with an open-cell structure. Dry Fast Foam is used for filtering or padding that is subject to high amounts of liquid.

Memory Foam - NO!

Memory Foam, also known as Viscoelastic Foam, is a high-quality foam that conforms to your body shape. Memory foam was developed for space shuttle seating and is currently used for mattresses and therapeutic applications.

Latex Rubber Foam - NO!

Latex Rubber Foam is the first type of foam on the market that is non-allergenic and long-lasting. It is used in top of the line products including mattresses, cushions, and pillows.

So, which foam above does Carolina Custom Foam use?

Well, none of them exactly. Our entire product line uses Appalachian Tough gun case foam, a type of special polyurethane foam blend that is owned by Carolina Custom Foam, made right here in the United States. 

After 8 years in the foam industry, founder Peter Wakem Jr. listened to customer issues of moisture and firmness being an issue in their off-the-shelf gun case foam. That led him to working with an American manufacturer to begin research and development on a new type of foam.

As a result of that R&D, Carolina Custom Foam was able to come up with a proprietary blend that incorporated a moisture preventative that will not absorb moisture from the Atmosphere in addition to it being 3 times as firm as the foam that ships with popular case brands such as Pelican, Plano and Nanuck.

To make ordering foam replacements as easy as possible for those three major brands, we have placed them all in their own categories on our website with an easy reference guide for the exact model. For those owners that may have another brand, we have an extensive line of pre-cut foam in various dimensions at .25, .5, 1, 1.5, 2 and a 1.5 inch thick convoluted foam. (Please note that our convoluted foam is a total height of 1.5” high. It is NOT two 1.5” for a total of 3”).

Questions? We understand that the world of foam can be a bit confusing. Do not hesitate to call Carolina Custom Foam today with your questions at 828-357-8596 or email Peter at [email protected] We look forward to making you a satisfied customer!

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