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Removing Woodland Scenics Roadbed from foam
« on: April 22, 2013, 10:33:16 AM »
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I thought I'd like to share this since I didn't see any other threads.
I needed to remove the foam roadbed from pink foam that was glued with WS own foam tack glue. Here are my findings:

Use denatured alcohol. It works. Take a pipette and soak the roadbed. At first, I thought it would be best if I shaved as much roadbed as possible before applying the alcohol. It was not. It just made a mess. Pull up the roadbed up as a whole. Use enough alcohol to soak through. It helps to dig under the glue into the foam to get it started. Stretch the roadbed as you pull it up like you would remove those 3M sticky wall mounts.
I took a thin pallet knife and sharpened it on a stone to give it an edge. That helped out a lot because the handle was recessed.
Results will vary depending how you prepped the surfaces prior to gluing. It really makes a difference in adhesion by sanding the roadbed and the foam base.

I hope this helps someone.
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Re: Removing Woodland Scenics Roadbed from foam
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2013, 12:43:15 PM »
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I'd also like to add at Hornwrecker's recommendation, I purchased a Shinto Rasp.
http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2082430/36869/shinto-planer-saw-rasp-10.aspx

Works great! It made short work of the stubborn foam leftovers and doesn't clog like sandpaper does.
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Re: Removing Woodland Scenics Roadbed from foam
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2013, 12:54:07 PM »
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Glad you like your new tool.  Once you get used to it, you can put superelevation into cork roadbed  curves by skewing it a bit, use the finer side.
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Re: Removing Woodland Scenics Roadbed from foam
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2013, 01:34:21 PM »
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Glad you like your new tool.  Once you get used to it, you can put superelevation into cork roadbed  curves by skewing it a bit, use the finer side.

I'm actually wondering if I should do that. I have turnouts on each curve.
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