Where to buy styrofoam?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by myhotrs, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. myhotrs

    myhotrs New Member

    I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but I want to cover my 4x8 table in styrofoam. My understanding is that I cover the entire surface with 2" foam and carve things out and put ground cover/buildings track on that. A good web resource, store to visit (I'm in Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley) or any advice at all would be very appreciated.
  2. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Hi Greg,
    Check your local lumber yards or larger hardware/ home improvment stores like Home Depot. Remember that you're looking for the pink or blue styro, not the white beaded kind.
    Good luck!
  3. papio

    papio New Member

    I may be way off base here, but I've been under the impression that this type product is not available in CA--doesn't meet building code requirements mandated by the state?? As I said, this may be totally wrong, but I seem to recall similar posts on other forums.

  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Oh oh! That's worth checking out! Don't those building code writers understand the importance of model railroading!!!! :) Any Californians out there know for sure?
    Thanks Ed.
  5. I had a lot of difficulty getting it here in Europe as well. Search for Dow Floormate suppliers on the web
  6. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    What happened to my first post?? Lost in space??
    I have been unable to find the good stuff in the Sacramento area and got stuck using the white beaded junk:cry: :cry: :curse: :curse:
  7. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    its just insulation board (styrofoam). why would building code prevent use of it? it should be everywhere. although to be honest i can't seem to find 2 inch thick sheets of it. i have found thiiner sheets though.
  8. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    You don't know California then. They have done a lot of things like this that doesn't make any sence at all.
  9. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    I searched all over CA from Sacramento to Bakersfield without finding any. Ended up getting the white beaded stuff at Home Depot. Make sure you peel the plastic film off first.

  10. papio

    papio New Member

    There are a number of products that carry "California-specific" warning labels. Seems they have determined many commonly used consumer products have been found to be the cause of cancer in lab tests.
  11. pgandw

    pgandw Active Member

    The extruded styrofoam (pink, blue, or green) is hard to find in California, mainly because it's not used much. Home Depot/Lowe's rarely stock it, and of course the help is clueless as to whether they have it or not. Best bet is a lumberyard patronized by contractors. that's where I find it in Northern California.

    The white stuff (bead board) is useless for baseboard or roadbed because it has no structural strength. It can be used for scenery but is messier to work with than extruded foam. The white stuff is also flammable; the good stuff has fire retardent added to it.

    Yes, the People's Republic of California is very different but the leaders have been too busy telling everybody else in the world how to do things to get around to banning foam in MR use.

    Hope this helps.

    yours in foaming
  12. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    I was having trouble finding the thicker foam down here in Houston. I did a Google search using different combinations of keywords "houston, extruded, foam, insulation, blue, pink" and found a place just down the road that sells 4x8 sheets in varying thicknesses, and had it all in stock.

    So, try an internet search....
  13. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    I probably should have guessed after reading all the paint bottles that say "known to cause cancer in california"
  14. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Isn't it odd that it says only on California labels//:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
  15. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    I have those label on the testors paints sold here in Canada. Must be something in that state that causes cancer more than anywhere else on the planet! Makes me glad I don't live in California.
  16. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    Cheap Styrofoam

    If there are any large construction jobs going up nearby, Hotels, strip malls etc. thet usually utilize the 2 inch styrofoam as a skin to th building followed up bt a few layers of stucco. After the stucco is applied, they spray the stucco and viola instant wall. I know that all the jobs sites that i have been on, many boards of this stuff have been discarded as well as decorative Moldings ( made from styrofoam as well).I know they wil be happy to give you the stuff, no sense filling up a dumpster with lightweight styrofoam when dumpster rentals usually go for about $500 A POP. Just a thought. Also, when the light fixtures are delivered, many smaller styrofoam (beaded) blocks aretossed as well. They can be incorpoarted into your scenery. I know if you went to an arts and crafts shop, styrofoam is not cheap by any means.
  17. GeorgeHO

    GeorgeHO Member

    When I go to the recycling dump to drop off my newspapers, I frequently pick up styrofoam (usually white beaded stuff) when the workers are not looking. Usually I return with more than I took.
  18. If you're still looking for foam in the SF Valley, try Gavrieli Plastics on Sherman Way in North Hollywood. http://www.gavrieli.com/ I was in there today and they have a lot of the blue foam in stock, thicknesses from 1/2" - 3" in 4'x8' sheets. I'm not sure what the different colors mean, but they also had some of the pink as well as the same type of foam in white (not the typ. 'bead-board' EPS).

    Good luck,
  19. Marxed

    Marxed Member

    California has something in the air that reacts with most substances, making it extra flamable, radioactive, sharper, and easier to choke on. i've heard that you an import tanks of east coast air to your house to make things less dangerous
  20. James Foster

    James Foster New Member

    Yes, the blue foam is difficult to find in California. I bought mine from Foam Sales and Marketing at 1005 West Isabel, Burbank CA 91506. The store is a block or two south of the Burbank Cosco Store.


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