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Old 05-09-2012, 06:52 AM   #1
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Suggestions on platform covering

Hi Everyone,

With help from a fellow model train enthusiast, I have decided on a
6 X 10 Platform in my basement. As of now, we are going to be using
a styrofoam board on top to help with the noise of the trains going around.
I have no intentions of braking up the foam for scenery purposes as some
videos have shown. So, when I do decide to lay down say, dirt, grass etc.
what is used to stick the material to the foam? Also, if I lay the green grass mats that are sold, I am in the same situation. I have heard that a solution of water and elmers glue works.
Any input would be most appreciative.'

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Old 05-09-2012, 07:28 AM   #2
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Hi Everyone,

With help from a fellow model train enthusiast, I have decided on a
6 X 10 Platform in my basement. As of now, we are going to be using
a styrofoam board on top to help with the noise of the trains going around.
I have no intentions of braking up the foam for scenery purposes as some
videos have shown. So, when I do decide to lay down say, dirt, grass etc.
what is used to stick the material to the foam? Also, if I lay the green grass mats that are sold, I am in the same situation. I have heard that a solution of water and elmers glue works.
Any input would be most appreciative.'

AlRoz
A thin mixture of Elmers glue , water, and a drop of dish detergent, like dawn or something like that works good for ballast, or grass ground cover folage,building trees,stuff like that, but sense you are using foam sheeting,right? you MUST ues a glue made for styrene ,go on line or go to your local craft store such as Michaels, or hobby lobby ect.for the correct glue, [glue made just for foam] after your grass mat is glued down,sense it has a plastic backing ,you can do from that point what ever you want.......Mike
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:58 PM   #3
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:34 PM   #4
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Big Mike,
I just realized something after reading your reply again. Actually, the intent here is to lay the green mat over the foam. So I was concerned if the Elmer's solution that you mention can still be used.
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:44 PM   #5
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The green mat is paper. I use paper white glue to adhere it to foam. That is what I use for car loads. Thinning helps in spreading and prevents lumps. The cheep paper glue is fine for backing paper. I use a sponge brush, for large ares use a big sponge.


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Old 05-17-2012, 04:45 PM   #6
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I would test a small sample with the glue to see if its going to be ok,if so then the elmers glue will work, ......as long as it does what you need it to do,with out any problems,or melt the styrofoam , its all good,I don't think elmers glue will hurt ,its not that strong....mike
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:55 PM   #7
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Alroz, I tough ,at first ,you was going to use the grass mat with the plastic backing,
so thats why I suggested the styrene glue, sorry...........mike
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:57 PM   #8
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I wonder if anyone else has noticed that particle board works pretty well for layouts IF it is well supported--I think just laying as sheet on the plywood would work. Takes screws, nails, paint, etc. with no problem. It's not as quiet as foam but it's pretty good, I think.

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Old 05-17-2012, 06:04 PM   #9
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I think nothing you do will get rid of the noise of the O trains rolling down the rail.

Did you mention what kind of track your planning on using?
Different track, different levels of noise but in the end they are all noisy.

Go with N scale if you don't want a lot of noise.

Fast track? I don't think foam will help at all.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:21 PM   #10
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Big Ed,
The track is MTH's RealTrax. I have seen video's that show the use of the stryrofoam on top of the platform and also to be used to sculpture sceanary etc. I do not plan on doing this. I am trying to find suggestions as to painting the board after laying the track down or as mentioned, using the green conventional mat and use that as the base.
Not quite sure what to do at these beginning stages.

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