How to Remove EVA Foam
How to remove EVA foam that has been glued down…
and do you need to?
If you’re a boat owner that’s finally had it with your boats EVA foam experience you’re not alone. It looks great at first then once in use the “blush is off the rose” so to speak. EVA gets dirty quickly, stinks retains heat and has no anti-fatigue properties.
EVA foams are often brand names such as SeaDek and there’s dozens to choose from. EVA often looks great but does not seem to perform to meet the expectations of experienced boaters. We are believers that using a permanent adhesive installation on a boat eventually leads to cohesion fail.
Ideally we recommend removing your EVA foam first, however DECKadence can be placed right over the top of your existing EVA, it’s just a matter of how much you use your boat and your personal desires.
So if you’re simply going over your EVA foam you are pretty much done just watch the template and install videos. You may even try going over the EVA first then later if you decide to you can always pull up your old EVA foam later. If you go over the top you will need to remove the DECKadence from time to time to let the EVA dry off… you know common sense stuff.
When you pull up your EVA foam much of the foam backing could remain stuck to the adhesive on your deck, although this looks appalling it’s soon remedied.
To remove the EVA foam and adhesive follow these steps:
- Plenty of elbow grease
- Pull as much of the foam up as possible
- Then use an oscillating electric tool such as a Dremel with blade (Image A) to remove the remainder of debris use the flat edge with no ridged edges. (Image B)
- Once all the EVA is up, scrape as much adessive off (with same tool) as possible
- Once that’s done use a product called “ The Orange Stuff” (Image C) and gently scrape off reaming glue off with a spackle knife or 5 in 1 blade (Image D)
- Any remaining adhesive hit with “Goof Off”. (Image E)
- Once that’s done use household cleaner like “simple green” to clean off for a final finish! (Image F)