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Melanie Richard: Producer of Foam Gone Wild DVD about  Foam Coat - All Purpose #025:
Apr 8, 2015
This customer purchased the item at our site.
I have done foam sculpting for over a decade and nothing revolutionized my work more than Hot Wire Foam Factory's basic hot knife sculpting tools and All Purpose Foam Coat. I have found Foam Coat to be easy to use and the ideal way to simply create a variety of textures while giving strength and durability to my creations. It can be mixed thick or thin depending on the need and accepts paint very well. I have used it successfully with objects such as branches, fossils, grass, etc. embedded as decorative elements.
One of my clients is a zoo where I create naturalistic elements such as rock and tree sculptures. After discovering Foam Coat I was able to create interesting environments for the animals in the indoor exhibits instead of just the outside decorative work. This made for a more immersive experience for the guests and an interesting environment for the animals. A stone worker, there for a visit, warned that the "rock" over the glass was too heavy and would stress the glass too much!
Since I also create dinosaurs for a fossil museum I really appreciate the fact that I can make creations in sections and after transport I can blend the parts together seamlessly since the product will blend wet on dry with little effort. Just a bit of wet brushing does the trick. It appears not only seamless but provides the necessary strength and rigidity to support a large sculpture.
Multiple times I have had clients tell me they'd like an interior wall to look like natural rock, but can't afford to have it done. I have shown then how to create the look for very little effort and money using All Purpose Foam Coat.
Melanie Richard, Montana
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John Murphy/SF3D about  Foam Coat - All Purpose #025:
Oct 14, 2014
This customer purchased the item at our site.
I just did a bunch of eps carved flowers that I coated with "foam coat" from the "Hot wire Foam Factory"

I think this material is similar to the hydro-cal material. I'm not sure exactly what their recipe is. They have a fortifier additive as well as another additive that created a more flexible surface.

I found it worked quite well. I used latex paint as the liquid ingredient. The nice thing about this is that you can create a recipe that is a little stiffer or thinner as needed.

The product adhered quite well to the eps foam, and stuck well to the board we where finishing on.

The latex paint gave us a longer working time, which seemed to be around the 45 to 60 min time depending upon the mixture.

It does say that you can sand this product, but found it to be difficult to sand by hand. We did not require the finish to be sanded, so I didn't spend allot of time trying to smooth the finish in this way. They did mentions a tapping technique that worked well at leveling the product.

Correspondence with the company was very prompt and helpful. I was doing the coating on a Saturday and Sunday, and they returned my e-mails even on the weekend. Instructions for mixing and application where very straight forward, and the website offered good tips for use.
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May 30, 2015
This customer purchased the item at our site.
I bought this item to do a tool shadowing project for work and was using extremely high-density foam. This hot wire knife fit comfortably in my hand, the handle never got hot, and the results are very precise. I bent the wire while perfecting my technique, but I was able to bend it back and continue using it with no other issues. You just have to go slow and steady, using light pressure, letting the heat do the cutting. FANTASTIC PRODUCT! I will give this web-address to all of our new hires.

BTW...I love the fact that there is no high-voltage AC current present in the tool in your hand. This is a MAJOR plus for safety and confidence in using it. Its also a MUCH safer alternative to cutting foam with a knife. VERY little chance of slipping and hurting yourself with this tool.
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