Cutting foam core- safety measures?

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Finn Maccumhail
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Cutting foam core- safety measures?

Post by Finn Maccumhail » Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:05 pm

I'm using foam core to rebuild my Banana River and am about to start cutting foam for the interior of the hull. I know I need to wear safety goggles to prevent dust from getting into my eyes and a respirator to make sure I don't inhale it but do I need a tyvek suit or the like? It's standard 1" divinycel.

I can't find a good answer.

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Re: Cutting foam core- safety measures?

Post by fallguy1000 » Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:01 pm

All I wear is sometimes gloves to reduce skin exposures.

The product you are using would have an msds. Look for it in the manufacturers website.
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Post by OrangeQuest » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:07 pm

Can you use a hot knife to cut it? No dust just smoke if it burns. When I set up my hot wire to cut large blocks (as high as 24" blocks) of Styrofoam very little smoke and zero dust. It would be like using a band saw but easier to use a fence to make straight cuts.

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Post by narfi » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:36 pm

OrangeQuest wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:07 pm
Can you use a hot knife to cut it? No dust just smoke if it burns. When I set up my hot wire to cut large blocks (as high as 24" blocks) of Styrofoam very little smoke and zero dust. It would be like using a band saw but easier to use a fence to make straight cuts.
Some core's produce toxic fumes when cut with a hotwire, some do not. It is best to use the appropriate method depending on the core.

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