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It's easy to outfit your canoe or kayak with Minicell closed cell foam. 3" thick, 12" wide, it's light, easy to cut, shape and glue. Sold up to four feet long in one-foot increments.
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  (19)
  • Sold in 1 foot increments up to 4 Feet
  • 3" Thick x 12" Wide
  • High density L-type foam, weight 2 pounds per cubic foot
  • Closed cell foam
  • Easy to Cut and Shape

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  • Minicell Foam

    Q:

    I need a neck gasket form, & 2 wrist gasket forms. How much mini cell foam do I need? Is there anyway to buy pre-cut forms from NRS? Pay buy square foot + the extra labor? I will also be buying both wrist gaskets, & the neck gasket from you.
    Thank you for your time, help, & knowledge.
    Asked on 11/16/2014 by no nickname. Dad husband. from Hanford, California

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Neck gasket openings typically vary from 9.5"-10" and wrist openings from 3.25"-3.75". You'll need a 2 foot piece of Minicell to get all three of them. We don't sell the completed forms but they're easy to make. Wrap them with nylon strapping tape to prevent the Aquaseal from sticking. This video shows you how - http://www.nrs.com/boating_tips/gasketrepair.asp

      Answered on 11/17/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • Minicell Foam

    Q:

    what is necessary to install a stern bulkhead for a 18ft perception kayak?
    Asked on 8/21/2014 by jim from Seattle, Wa.

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hello,
      I assume your kayak is
      roto-molded polyethylene. The mini cell
      Foam makes a pretty good bulkhead.
      My Boreal Muktuk has mini cell
      Foam bulkheads. I have used a
      Sealant/adhesive called Marine Goop
      for bonding minicell foam. This is a
      Strong polyurethane product. Available
      In hardware stores. If you are replacing a
      Bulkhead make sure you are locating it
      As the original manufacture had it.
      If you are adding a bulkhead or relocating
      One you need to carefully consider
      What you are doing as this has an
      Effect on the stability and safety of
      Your kayak.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 8/22/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Jim, Minicell Foam will work well for this; it is easily shaped. You'll probably want to first cut a template out of cardboard to get the right starting cross section. Cut the Minicell slightly larger, then trim to fit. You can't use a contact cement here; I believe Aquaseal Adhesive, Item # 35001.01, would work well.

      Answered on 8/22/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • Minicell Foam

    Q:

    I am looking for foam to make shadow boxes in my toolbox. Would this be a good product for that application?
    Asked on 2/24/2014 by Joe from Wichita Falls, TX

    9 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Joe,
      This is an excellent foam for many applications. I have used it primarily for outfitting the seats in my sea kayaks. As far as using this for shadowing your tool box I would think this foam is little pricy. Probably better off finding something less expensive. Seek out a foam products manufacture in your area to see if they have scrap pieces which they might be able to give you.
      Hope this helps.

      Answered on 2/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, it is high density and rigid.

      Answered on 2/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It has good rigidity, but difficult to cut out straight cuts unless you
      have some sort of maching ability. Sands well.

      Answered on 2/24/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes I think so. It is very tough stuff and should resist scrapes and
      scratches.

      Answered on 2/24/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This foam would make excellent tool box dividers. It is a closed-cell foam,
      so it won't saturate with oil or grease (but it will stain). It cuts well
      with a serrated knife (a bread knife works great) and you can glue it in
      with several different adhesives (I've used contact cement and Shoe Goo).
      The only downside would be the expense, but if you are willing to spend, go
      for it!

      Answered on 2/24/2014 by J.T. from Eastern Arizona
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't know what a shadow box is, but I do know that this foam is very
      stiff.

      Answered on 2/24/2014 by Jackson from Mountain City, TN
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would think so.

      Answered on 2/24/2014 by Dan from Worcester Mass.
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This is a very firm foam that can be sculpted.

      Answered on 2/24/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes would work great

      Answered on 2/24/2014 by sky the kayaker from Southern Oregon
  • Minicell Foam

    Q:

    Is this L2 or M2 foam?
    Asked on 11/3/2013 by Stevan from United States

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I am not familiar with the terms L2 or M2. However I have used this foam for years when outfitting my sea kayak cockpits. It is dense, highly buoyant, easy to shape with a Stanley Shurform rasp, and holds it's shape well.

      Answered on 11/5/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Hi, Stevan, it is the L-type foam, the denser, stronger version.

      Answered on 11/4/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Am not familiar with those designations. It's dark grey, closed-cell foam
      that sticks tight to contact cement. Just installed some in a 17ft canoe
      for a trip through the Florida Everglades. Didn't sink yet but it'll be
      great insurance when I do.

      Answered on 11/3/2013 by Anonymous
  • Minicell Foam

    Q:

    Will this product add floation to The front end of my recreational 10 foot kayak?
    Asked on 10/7/2013 by thutch from kewanee Il

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, you can cut and shape it to fite inside the front of your boat,
      but buying an inflatable airbag designed for that would give you more
      floatation. The foam would keep you boat from sinking, but it would
      be hard to handle full of water. The airbag would keep more water
      out.

      Answered on 10/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Good afternoon,
      Although minicells a great product recreational kayaks generally have open
      cockpits. You're better off installing flotation bags which provide two
      important points:
      .. Flotation
      .. Water displacement
      The second point's extremely important because flotation bags prevent water
      from filling a hull; the bags fill a space. The reason, less water enters
      the cockpit during a capsize meaning the boat floats higher. Also, the
      flotation bags mean you're pumping out less water from the hull when a
      problem occurs. IMO, prepare for the worst case scenario. Yes, the
      minicell may float the boat, but I'm add flotation bags fore and aft in the
      hull.
      I hope the information helps..
      Rich

      Answered on 10/8/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hello,
      I have used this mini-cell foam for
      outfitting my kayak cockpit only for
      Comfort and performance. I would
      Not depend on this material as a
      Primary source of boat flotation. In my
      Opinion you would be better off with
      Traditional
      Internal inflatable type kayak flotation devices.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 10/8/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      YES!
      Matt Wilson

      Answered on 10/8/2013 by Matt from South Carolina
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, but that would be an expensive way to do it, there are flotation bags you can get that are specifically designed for your boat. ��
      Yogi Berra
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 10/8/2013 by Jim from Georgia
  • Minicell Foam

    Q:

    I would like to know the rigidity and hardness of the material to understand if I can form it and fit it to the inside surface of my kayak cockpit in front of my feet, Can a 2' long piece (12" x 3") be folded over (like a taco)? Can you press a thumb easily into the material? How deep?

    Thank you, Richard
    Asked on 8/23/2013 by rickpaddler from Golden, CO

    13 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Richard,
      The stuff is fairly versatile. Though I am not sure how far you could
      bend the two inch thick size.
      I've used one inch and you can bend it to fit almost any boat surface -
      even make a "Taco" as you say though I haven't installed any where I tried
      to double it. I have some three inch thick but have only used it in a
      flat application as it does not bend sharply. If you have a really sharp
      bend in mind, you may be able to layer two layers of 1" in order to get the
      sharper bend and end up with a 2" thick pad.
      Can you press in with your finger? How far? I tried it with my
      thumb and can indent the one inch by about 5/8 inch. The thicker foam
      would probably go deeper. It is a firm, tough foam but feels good for
      resting or kneeling upon. I'm getting ready to install a band of 1" foam
      under the gunnels of my 17' Oldtown freighter canoe. Will add considerably
      to it's flotation ability.
      Hope this helps.
      Dan

      Answered on 8/27/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Minicell 3" thick is very rigid.  You can not fold 3" thick minicell like a taco.  You could press your thumb in maybe a .25", and it will rebound to original shape.  One inch thick Minicell is used for whitewater canoe knee pads and it stands up to 100s of trip with lots of knee pressure.  The material shows no impression from knee pressures even after 100s of uses.  Minicell is durable stuff and will float.
       
      You can cut a 3" x 24" in half and use contact cement (DAP Weldwood) to glue the pieces together.  Contact cement should be put on both surfaces and let dry for 20 minutes.  Then you get one shot at putting the pieces together, it stick together on first contact so have the pieces perfectly aligned for first contact.  Contact Cement works well in wet places like kayaks and canoes. 

      Answered on 8/25/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      One more...when you're creating a multi-piece chunk, 3M spray adhesive works great; just spray, wait 5, and stick together and let cure for a few hours
      Matt Wilson

      Answered on 8/24/2013 by Matt from South Carolina
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Richard, I can press my thumb ~1/2 inch into the material at most and it readily flexes back.  It can hold my weight if I stand on it. A 3 inch thick piece won't fold, but you can easily cut it and stack two pieces.  I bought it to make a platform for strapping a pelican case onto my deck.  It cuts easily and can be carved with knives and sand paper to any shape.  It worked for me.
      Hope this helps - Gus

      Answered on 8/24/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have never tried but I am very sure that you could not fold it over with out it breaking. If you stuck a thumb in it it would go in about a 1/4 inch. You can shape it by cutting it with a knife.

      Answered on 8/24/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Good afternoon,
      No, you cannot fold the 2 inch minicell onto itself. ALS, difficult to press a thumb into the foam. Minicell foam's used by many to customize kayak cockpits.
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 8/24/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi Richard, I don't think the mini foam will do what you want it to do. To fold it like a taco it would have to not be thicker than 1/2", it is very rigid and to get shapes it needs to be cut or carved even glued up after being cut. It is very firm, if you were to try and sleep on a large piece when turning on your side your hip bone would be uncomfortable. It won't absorb water like a sponge. I have used it for padding support and bracing in my cockpit and cemented it in place. If you wanted it to brace your feet against the forward bulkhead of your cockpit cut it carefully so it wedges in place and if done correctly no contact cement will be needed and it can be removed easily if later you decide to remove it. It's not at all like foam rubber.
      Bill
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 8/24/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I think you would have some difficulty folding over like a taco, you can press a thumb into it easily an inch or so. If your looking for padding for your feet you could easily cut your thickness in half.
      Yogi Berra
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 8/24/2013 by Jim from Georgia
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This is exactly what I used this stuff for. For the very front of my kayak interior, I cut out a piece of super stiff foam insulation - the kind you'd insulate the outside of a house with (Home Depot). About 4 inches deep. Behind this, closest to your feet, if you were sitting in your boat,add the NRS stuff. It is stout and makes a great rest. You might be able to depress it half an inch if u were really torquing on it. Buy a good sized section and cut it in an oval to fit. Good luck, Carlo

      Answered on 8/23/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No, you won't be able to fold this, it's too rigid. You might be able to
      fold a 1" thick piece but not 3". 1/2" and 1/4" thick pieces can
      definitely be folded. If you press into it it might compress 1/4".

      Answered on 8/23/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hello, Richard.
      The material quite hard, and no, you cannot press your thumb into it at all.
      Jerry

      Answered on 8/23/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Nah...you won't be able to bend it. Very "stiff" if you call it that. Your thumb would barely make a dent. Don't think of it as a foam like from a couch cushion.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 8/23/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It's pretty tough stuff. You can't fold it at all in the block it comes in. You really need to shape it to fit the given area. That said, it's the best outfitting foam out there and is def the industry standard. I, and most other boaters our there have crafted many a bulkhead from this stuff
      Matt Wilson

      Answered on 8/23/2013 by Matt from South Carolina
  • Minicell Foam

    Q:

    I need a section 18" wide by 36" long 3" Thick. This is not an option on your selection. Can you provide a blank this size?
    Asked on 7/2/2013 by Kevin from Vista, CA

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      We receive the Minicell as 12" x 48" x 3" blocks. If glued seams aren't a problem, you can add an extra 6" to the width by gluing using H2 Glue, Item # 1900.

      Answered on 7/2/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • Minicell Foam

    Q:

    Can this be used for a car top carrier for an SUP? None of the premade carriers fit my vehicle's existing rack, so I would like to make my own pads.
    Asked on 4/20/2013 by Terry from California

    6 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You can buy this stuff already shaped and with grooves for your straps. If you can't find it, another really good alternative is to pass a small line through a pool noodle and strap it to your roof for the board to sit on. I've seen that done with kayaks and worked really well
      Matt Wilson

      Answered on 4/21/2013 by Matt from South Carolina
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Terry, this foam is very easy to cut and shape for custom work.

      Answered on 4/21/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Should be easy to use this to make custom pads. It is pretty firm and
      easily shaped.

      Answered on 4/21/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I used this foam to carve pads/bracing for the cockpit of my kayak. It could be used to make car top carriers, however you might want to try the foam and velcro wrap-around surfboard racks. They are universal and it would be easier.

      Answered on 4/21/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The short answer is Yes ,it takes a lot of carving and you will waste a lot
      of foam; you may want to try foam canoe/ kayak blocks amd gorilla tape

      Answered on 4/21/2013 by Pat from oak hill fl
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would think so. I have had good results splitting it with a hot wire and using the pieces for a variety of applications.
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 4/20/2013 by Anonymous
  • Minicell Foam

    Q:

    can this be layered up, pieces glued together and then shaped? (I want to build a seat for an IK- got a bad low back)
    Asked on 2/12/2013 by Dennis from United States

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes.

      Answered on 2/12/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I cut and shaped pieces to created thigh braces for a sea kayak then glued them in with contact cement. I know people who have used this sort of foam to create seats for kayaks.

      Answered on 2/12/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes. Easiest way is to find an old electric carving knife on eBay for
      nice smooth cuts and use the 3M spray adhesive to put the pieces
      together.

      Answered on 2/12/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      You bet, you can glue pieces together. H2 Glue. Item # 1900, works will for gluing Minicell.

      Answered on 2/12/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yep no problem, spray glue worked well for me.
      Sent from my U.S. Cellular® smartphone

      Answered on 2/12/2013 by sky the kayaker from Southern Oregon
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Boy...I don't know for sure. My first thought is you will have to anchor it to the IK somehow. It will simply push back towards the stern on every stroke unless it is wedged in tight or you anchor it with the drain holes in the Bandit or with the loops in their other model, if they are available.. NRS makes a folding seat that works great in my Bandit. Kind of looks like a Crazy Creek chair.  Just have to clip it thru the drain holes before inflating the boat. Takes a little time and adjusting but it works for me. Another idea is to glue some Velcro strips (heavy duty) to the floor of the IK and the bottom of your seat. That should anchor the seat solidly and you can remove the seat whenever you want. What ever you come up with....the big thing is to have something that doesn't move under the soles of your feet so you can push your feet against something solid as you take a stroke. Your knees have to be bent somewhat or your low back will get
      tired and sore quickly. A lot of IKers simply paddle with straight legs which will kill your back. NRS also has some foot pegs which can be glued to the boat but you better get them placed in the spot you want the first time.( I have used dry bags on self contained trips but they have to not move when you push your feet against them).
          So to make a short story long....have to have something solid for your feet and legs to push on to transfer the energy of your paddle stroke thru your body, down your legs, to the boat, but a seat that wont slide backwards when you push your legs.   Hope all this makes sense.  Your foam could work but try it out before gluing anything in first.
                                                                             Bob
              

      Answered on 2/14/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, minicell foam can be bonded together with a waterproof adhesive then shaped as required.

      Answered on 2/14/2013 by Anonymous
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      5.0

      Sponson canoe outfitting

      By Spider

      from Alabama

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Extremely Light Weight
      • Flotation Supplement

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Used As Sponson

        Comments about Minicell Foam:

        After knee surgery unable to canoe kneel for low weight control so I built sponsons on outside canoe edge to aid in keeping me upright with 4' long x 6" wide x 3" thick flotation sponsons to counter rolling over. With other mini foam I built a paddle saddle

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        4.0

        Does the job

        By matt

        from southern california

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              Comments about Minicell Foam:

              If you need to shape somethings specific and a pre-shaped pad won't work then this will do the job. Shapes reasonably well and easy. Not much else to say....it is a rectangular foam block.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              doing it job

              By jeepit2

              from Orlando ,Florida

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Weather Proof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Outdoor
                • Quick Fix

                Comments about Minicell Foam:

                doing the job it was meant to do

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Just what I needed

                By Bob

                from Beloit , WI

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Cut Really Easy With My B
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bulkhead Replacement

                  Comments about Minicell Foam:

                  easy to work with

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  product arrived quickly

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                  • No

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Its minicell and it is a block of it

                  By Danny H

                  from Denver CO

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                        Comments about Minicell Foam:

                        Fast shipping and good material. I used it to make shims for my hip pads on my playboat. The thing that I found that cuts it best is using a large butcher knife- for rounding edges I used a jig saw but it was too fast and too hot and melted as it cut so I'd recommend using a carving knife.

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