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softer minicell

Post by slick » Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:53 pm

The foam often used for pedestals...the kind that is softer and lighter gray color compared to regular minicell...what is it called and where does it come from? --Tom

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Re: softer minicell

Post by Sir Adam » Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:22 pm

Call Sweet composites (one of our sponsors... ad may be at the top of the page at this very moment...).

Most of my saddles are the "normal" grey stuff, just with the "skin" taken off.

That said, there are different "Grades" of the stuff, plus neoprene foam (for the ultimate in stickiness and comfort;) ).
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Re: softer minicell

Post by Pierre LaPaddelle » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:31 am

Sir Adam wrote: . . . there are different "Grades" of the stuff . . .
As Adam suggests, what is commonly known as 'mini-cell' actually comes in many different varieties, with different characteristics -- different densities, different additives, softer, harder. . .

It also comes in differing colours -- Adam mentioned 'grey' whereas most of the stuff I've bought recently is black. If you buy chunks from your local dealer, they likely won't know much about the characteristics. The secret is to go to the supplier, and ask questions.

I don't know who that is in the U.S., but in Canada I've dealt (successfully) with Norseman Allfoam. When I buy a whole bun, they slice it to whatever thickness I specify, up to 3". If you want thicker than 3", they will laminate it. They will also skin it. Ask for the skins -- they are useful for cementing onto the surface of, say, knee-pads, to prevent wear on the foam.

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Re: softer minicell

Post by ezwater » Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:18 am

What I've done is to make the pedestal out of firm minicell, which is easier to cut and carve accurately, and then for the seat surface, I get some closed cell camping foam, often aqua-green in color, and I contact cement one or two layers on top.

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Re: softer minicell

Post by slick » Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:53 pm

I like that suggestion, Gary. Camping foam...you mean, sold as a sleeping pad?

Of course I called Sweet a while ago. I've always gotten the softer of the two types they sell. It matches the minicell that NOC sells.

Forgive me if I post this question again in six months or so. Somebody might have a bead on the stuff. Mikey and his imitators seem to use the same lighter gray, softer foam. I'll check out Pierre's source. Then maybe McMaster. --tw

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Re: softer minicell

Post by Pea Pod » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:53 am

Rick,

Does Norseman have the product specs on their website for mini cell? Is it EV50 or EV380?

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Re: softer minicell

Post by DougB » Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:02 pm

minicell is available in 2 lb and 3 lb density. the 2 lb is soft and is what is used in most outfitting.

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Post by slick » Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:30 pm

> minicell is available in 2 lb and 3 lb density. the 2 lb is soft and is what is used in most outfitting.

That jibes with my scale. A 7 sq ft chunk of NOC's 2" minicell foam weighs 2.25 lbs. That's 2 lbs/cf. And it's good & firm!

Density might not distinguish the softer lighter gray foam from this. I don't think the softer foam weighs less.

I've got a factory Bell Ocoee saddle, two Mikeys, and some home-builts using the firmer darker minicell. Besides being softer than common minicell, the factory saddles are also more elastic. After shoving a thumb into it, the depression disappears faster compared to common minicell.

Thanks for the discussion. --Tom

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Re: softer minicell

Post by RodeoClown » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:40 am

There are all sorts of grades, densities (from 2lbs/cubic foot to 12lbs/cubic foot), stiffnesses, and all available in different colors. There are different companies that make it under different names. I've gotten foam of the same basic spec from the same supplier, and had it come in different colors and (slightly) different stiffnesses. The stuff we use for boats is typically L200 2lbs density.
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Re: softer minicell

Post by Pierre LaPaddelle » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:14 am

Pea Pod wrote:Rick,

Does Norseman have the product specs on their website for mini cell? Is it EV50 or EV380?
Quite honestly, I haven't looked. I've been happy with what I've always ordered, and haven't delved into the technical labels. Here's the webpage:

http://www.norseman.ca/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

As Jeremy and Slick note, 2 lb. density is pretty common for boating use, and the stuff I get IS 2 lb.

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Re: softer minicell

Post by TonyB » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:35 pm

I've used this place for up to 2" foam
http://www.foambymail.com/MC2-/cross-li ... &Code=MC2-" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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