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Anyone have experience using foam crown molding?


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Old 03-12-17, 06:43 AM
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Anyone have experience using foam crown molding?

I am remodeling our home. I saw foam crown molding. It looked simple to install. Does anyone have experience they can share using this material?
 
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Old 03-12-17, 09:03 AM
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The only time I used any foam molding was on a radius eyebrow trim on a window. I don't think using it as crown would be beneficial. It is flexible, and that is what you don't want. I would opt for either MDF or finger jointed pine crown. Much easier to handle and paint. Do you have a link to the product you saw advertised? Maybe others have had experience with it.
 
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Old 03-12-17, 09:31 AM
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Not sure if it's the same thing you are looking at but I've painted a few houses where they used a foam crown molding that was plastered over and then painted.
 
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Old 03-12-17, 09:40 AM
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Hi Guys,

The product I am referring to is something different. Here is a link to the youtube video on it.

Here is their website.

I have always wondered why something that sits high up on the wall, no risk of being hit by a vacuum or other damage needed to be made of wood. It is purely for looks. This is some sort of foam and can install with just painters caulk. The only question that comes to me is if it is dimension-ally stable.
 
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Old 03-12-17, 09:59 AM
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Couple of hoses ago I installed a large crown, about 8"x8"x8' in the great room and it was foam. It was installed with long drywall screws, patched, and then coated with a cement paint that gave it some texture to cover the joints so it was similar.

The nice thing is that they can mold in a lot of detail that would take a lot of wood to duplicate. Looks like it cuts square so that would eliminate the upside down backwards cutting that is frustrating to beginners.

My only concern is the caulk/glue installation and the fact that I'm old school and like real wood molding!
 
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Old 03-12-17, 10:08 AM
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OK, it is rigid polystyrene foam, not the product I used which was floppy as a fish. It would be viable, but I believe it only comes in 8' sections, requiring care and scarf joints along with finishing.

A good adhesive is from LocTite and called FUZEit. Almost instant and permanent adhesion, but color is gray, so it would need more care.
 
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Old 03-12-17, 10:47 AM
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I would think "powergrab" or the caulk used in the video would be a good option. I love Fuzeit but it might be tougher to work with in this application. I have put up some wood crown and this foam looks like a good alternative.
 
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I would have thought if the product was any good it would show up in one of the major home improvement chains. I had hoped someone on here had already tried it. Maybe I will be the guinea pig.
 
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I have no direct experience but know a couple who are the opposite of "handy", have no special tools beyond the ordinary homeowner stuff...just a willingness to tackle a project. They found the rigid foam crown to be very easy to install and from what I saw they did a very fine job concealing the joints and making it look pro-installed.
 
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Makes me want to give it a try. No nails. Just caulk sounds pretty easy as long as the end result does not look cheesy.
 
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Making it look right will depend on how well you place the pieces and using the correct caulk. Not all caulks are adhesive caulks.
 
 

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