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Registered: 12-2007
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Re: Foam latex - Urethane Begins Cowl comparison


The oils in your skin probably aren't good for it. I'm going to find out how much sweat it can soak up. :lol
I really have no idea about the durability, I was pretty gentle with my urethane stuff when I first got it. I'm extra careful with all my stuff, so I'm not too worried.

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Re: Foam latex - Urethane Begins Cowl comparison


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spartan1195 wrote:

The foam cowl look the biz, but as said before its a shame it not as durable as Urethane or latex, the last thing you would want is to yank off an ear :doh
Also (could be wrong--probably am LOL) does the foam react to sweat more than Urethane / latex and perish quicker?
Still an excellent cowl tho :toocool



As far as I've remember, foam latex is more vulnerable to those types of dangers. It's good to gently clean it after every use.

Oily fingers can plasticize foam and turn it gooey. So wash your hands before handling your cowl (don't matter what its made of).

If you touch money, pennies, anything with copper etc, make sure you don't go touching your foam cowl right after. As copper is known to rot foam.

Here's a segment on foam latex used for making puppets by Tom McLaughlin, which might shed some light on care handling your foam latex products.
The only thing I'm not sure of, is if there's any difference or grades to foam latex items, like there is on latex and urethane. I'm guessing there might be. Anywho, read on below.


STORAGE & LIFE EXPECTANCY by Tom McLaughlin:
"Foam chemicals stored tightly capped in a cool room will last a year or more. Shake them every month or so. Cured latex stored in plastic bags in a dry place away from light can last 20 years or more. Place puppets in a plastic bag in a box somewhere safe. Don’t squash puppets as they may stay deformed. Give them some breathing space. Stuff paper or cloth into heads to keep their shape when stored for long periods. Latex foam I formulated for the Tarzan movie Greystoke kept in sealed plastic bags was reported to be as subtle as new more than 15 years after its manufacture. With Miss Piggy being used every day of the week on the original Muppet Show it was common to replace her every 6 - 12 months. Mouth corners and necks are the first to go on latex foam puppets. Performing on weekends and holidays, a latex foam puppet could last many years. It’s wise to have a backup puppet in case of an accident when doing film and television work"



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It sounds like foam can last a long time if cared for, thanks for the info Nar. I plan to rinse it out with some warm water and a little bit of detergent after wearing.

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