How to Sand EVA Foam

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No matter how clean you work, there will come a time when you need to sand EVA foam- whether it’s to refine a rough cut or to add details. Now, let’s delve into the process of sanding EVA foam!

The best way to sand EVA foam is using a rotary tool, also known as Dremel, with a sanding bit or a stone bit. A rotary tool can also be used to carve details with a stone bit or a router bit. Alternatively, sandpaper can also be used to sand EVA foam.

You can find all of my EVA foam guides right here if you want to learn more.

Rotary Tool

A rotary tool is very similar to a drill but it is usually much lighter and has different sanding and cutting bits that can be attached to it.

The most well-known rotary tool manufacturer is Dremel. They are so well known for their rotary tools in fact, that the term “Rotary Tool” and “Dremel” are often used interchangeably.

A rotary tool is one of these tools that I highly recommend when working with EVA foam. You can build awesome stuff out of EVA foam without using a rotary tool but it’s just so much easier and faster when you have one at your disposal.

A rotary tool can be equipped with a wide variety of sanding bits.

Regular Sanding Bit

Material:

This bit is made out of a rubber drum that can be equipped with a sanding sleeve.
Sanding sleeves can be bought separately in various grits and can be switched out at any time.

Uses:

  • To remove a lot of material in one area.
  • To clean up messy cuts
  • To add details like battle damage or scratches
  • To clean up seams

Here is an example of how a router bit was used to fix a seam on an EVA foam prop.

Before

After

And here is an example of how a regular sanding bit was used to add detail to a piece of EVA foam.

Stone Sanding Bit

Stone sanding bits are my personal favorite because they come in various shapes and can be used to add very interesting details to EVA foam.

Material:

Stone sanding bits are sanding bits that come in various shapes and sizes.

Uses:

  • To clean up messy cuts
  • To add details like battle damage and bullet holes.
  • To clean up seams
  • To smooth EVA foam

Here is an example where a stone sanding bit is used to smooth some EVA foam.

And here is an example of how I used a stone sanding bit to add some detail to a piece of EVA foam.

Router Bit

I rarely use router bits for my projects but they can be useful to add certain details to EVA foam.

Material:

Router bits are often made out of HSS (High-Speed steel). They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They are primarily used for drilling or cutting parts of the EVA foam.

Uses:

  • To drill a hole
  • To add fine details like sharp cuts or indents

Sand Paper

Regular sandpaper is another option for sanding EVA foam. Although it might take a bit more time compared to using a rotary tool, it can be quite handy for refining details or sanding areas that are hard to reach with a rotary tool.

You have the option of using a purchased sanding block from a hardware store for sanding EVA foam. Alternatively, you can make your own by taking an ice cream stick or a paint mixing stick and attaching sandpaper to the tip using glue.

You can use contact cement, the same glue I recommend for gluing EVA foam, to glue sandpaper to the stick.

You can now use the file you created to precisely sand specific parts of your project.

When sanding EVA foam, you might notice a fuzzy surface. Don’t be concerned if this happens. You can easily fix these areas by either using a finer grit sandpaper for further sanding or by heat-sealing the region with a heat gun.

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Valentin
Valentin
Hi, I am a passionate maker and professional prop maker for the entertainment industry. I use my woodworking, programming, electronics, and illustration know-how to create interactive props and puzzles for Escape Games and marketing agencies. And I share my knowledge and my experience on this blog with you so that you can become a maker yourself.

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