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My goodness, is it ever HOT in Georgia right now. The air conditioning in my car is currently on the fritz, and I am feeling every inch of it on the drive home from work. Save for painting you a very sweaty mental image of how I look by the time I get home, you can imagine how relieved I am to walk into a very comfortable and climate-controlled environment.
You can probably guess that keeping cooling costs down in a city like Atlanta can be quite the task. Add that to an old (and already drafty) home, and youve got yourself a potential temperature nightmare. Which is why I was more than a little bit excited when the folks at GREAT STUFF™ asked me to do a product review on their insulating foam sealant. Um, free product and reduces drafts for energy savings? Where do I sign?
Soon after first contact from the GREAT STUFF™ rep, a large package arrived containing both the GREAT STUFF™ Gaps and Cracks sealant and their Window and Door sealant.
To my surprise, they also included their work wipes, which are specifically designed to remove excess uncured GS foam as well as almost any other uncured paint, caulk or adhesive.
When I first moved into the Ugg-Duck, I was stunned to find out how drafty the living room and master bedroom windows were. Not limited to, but most shocking, I found a giant gap in the bedrooms leftmost window, necessitating the use of foam sealant. A year and a half later, I can say that Im quite pleased with how products like this work, but hadnt yet used the GREAT STUFF™, er, stuff yet.
Since Ive already taken care of the problematic windows, the general use Gaps and Cracks product seemed to be perfect for filling in a few other areas in my house. Namely, the gaps I found on several of the stair treads when I ripped up the carpet.
I wish Id been able to show you a better play-by-play, but the original intention was to caulk these gaps prior to painting everything with semi-gloss white, so I only planned on showing an overall before and after. It was easy going at first, but I realized at about stair 8 or 9 that the builders (surprise!) were either not that worried about getting everything perfectly aligned (since it was covered with carpet) or after the house has been settling, the gaps just happened. Either way, I soon figured out that the caulk wouldnt fill the wider gaps and Id have to use something that could expand in place. And wouldnt you know it? I now have something just like that to try out! I love it when things work out like that.
This, er, stuff is pretty easy to use: just shake the can a little, screw the dispensing tube onto the top (so conveniently taped to the side), and squeeze the trigger. It comes out of the can fast, and youre only supposed to fill the space <50%. In no time at all, I was already done.
Pros: Many brands are paintable, but the biggest pro of the GREAT STUFF™ brand is that it can be trimmed after it cures, which is a huge win for beginners like me. Previous foam sealant products that Ive used have to be formed before curing and cant be sanded. The GREAT STUFF™ product expanded too much as it dried in the stair gaps (which should be expected when the foam expands twice its original size), but I easily trimmed them up with an exact-o knife. It was almost like cutting into styrofoam very easy and quick! The product also fully cures in 8 hours instead of the 24 Ive previously experienced, and felt firm enough to trim within the first hour making this a single-evening project instead of mutliple nights (when Im likely to forget and move on to something else). The next step from here is to caulk and then paint for a perfectly smooth corner, and the foam sealant did an excellent job of providing the support I needed to add the caulk.
While I didnt use the sealant to actually seal any drafts in the house (well, not yet I still have one can left), Im impressed so far with the way it expands and am confident that it will do the trick more efficiently over traditional caulk. Im thinking that I may have to test it out next in the garage and maybe up in the attic.
Cons: this one is pretty common with all expanding foam sealants: its pretty much one time use only. Since this product actually cures faster with a spritz of water, the little tube that comes with the container cannot easily be rinsed out. Bottom line: plan your use of this product so you get everything done at one time instead of in pieces (there seems to be plenty of product left over in the can, so I imagine that it can go a very long way if you plan it right). The product is also super sticky and a bit irritating on the skin I failed to read that this product requires gloves (the previous product I used did not) and got a little bit under my thumbnail, which wound up itching until I removed the gunk with a little nail polish remover (the label states that it dissolves in acetone).
As for the wipes, they have one smooth and one textured side, which helps to scrub up some of the overflow. I used two during my little stair project, and definitely plan on trying these out again when I have to re-caulk the bathroom window and tub.
And now, for the best part of the post! GREAT STUFF™ wants to send one lucky reader their own pair of GREAT STUFF™ products and wipes for you to try out for yourself! Here is what you get:
Cured foam can be trimmed, shaped, sanded, painted or stained. To trim, use a sharp knife or serrated blade. The GREAT STUFF™ straw can is good for one-time use only, so plan your projects accordingly. Paint or coat foam for best results.
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In this manner, what kind of paint do you use on spray foam?
Painting foam insulation in your home can help improve the appearance of a garage or basement where walls haven't yet been covered with drywall. Only water-based acrylic or latex paint should be used on foam insulation, whether you are using the material for crafts or are painting unfinished walls.
Secondly, where should you not use expanding foam? Spray Foam Around Windows and Doors is A-OkBut it can actually push the jamb inward, making them impossible to open. Avoid this by using minimal expanding foam. It's formulated to fill the space around windows and doors without excess expansion. Look for cans labeled for use on windows and doors.
Keeping this in view, can you paint open cell spray foam?
When painting foam insulation, it is best to wait about 24 hours after it has been installed before painting it. Both open and closed cell spray foams can handle being painted. Your next step will be deciding which color you want to paint your newly installed spray foam insulation.
Can you paint over polyurethane foam?
Question: What sort of paint should I use for covering polyurethane foam? Answer: Typically, spray-applied polyurethane foam is covered by interior or exterior wall coverings or ceiling or roofing details. In exterior applications, a paint will not suffice, rather a protective coating should be used.
Is expanding foam paintable?
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Keeping this in consideration, can I paint over expanding foam?
Sand Area. Use sandpaper to sand the foam and give a smooth finish. The expanding foam can now be plastered or painted over.
Also, where should you not use expanding foam? Spray Foam Around Windows and Doors is A-OkBut it can actually push the jamb inward, making them impossible to open. Avoid this by using minimal expanding foam. It's formulated to fill the space around windows and doors without excess expansion. Look for cans labeled for use on windows and doors.
Subsequently, question is, is Great Stuff foam paintable?
GREAT STUFF Big Gap Filler Insulating Foam Sealant offers the same benefits as GREAT STUFF Gaps & Cracks but fills gaps larger than 1 inch. Plus, like all GREAT STUFF products, it's airtight, paintable, stainable and sand-able.
What is the best paint for foam?
Use acrylicAcrylic paint is the best paint to use when you want to paint the entire surface or a large section of the foam. It spreads easily with a paintbrush and is thick enough that it won't drown the color into the foam.
Turns his back, oh, there are seams, probably stockings. Fantasy immediately draws this girl without a dress, a slender body, magnificent big breasts, stockings, certainly with a belt. I was dreaming about something, my wife impatiently called to the fitting room, I had to go. My breath caught in my throat. I think at least my wife would dig deeper there for a while.
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At this moment, an orgasm followed and my loud moan. The guy licked his dry lips seductively. A tight knot was twisted in the lower abdomen. Liked. - I asked the dumbfounded guy, glancing around at him.Why I Hate Spray Foam Insulation!
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