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Replacing the Foam in my Harrison Combo


This job is long overdue. The foam interior of my mid 80"s Harrison is dry and cracking. Greg replaced it in 1991 when he resprayed my mask so the current interior is 25 years old.
I have sent some photos to Nash Sports in Lakefield, Ontario, asking their opinion and a quote on material.

It appears to be ¼" foam, doubled up over the jaw and temple area. I seem to recall that Harrison also used copious amounts of glue (can't remember if his original foam was peel and stick).

The old foam will disintegrate once I begin to remove it so I anticipate a whole bunch of crusty glue will remain.

Any suggestions to help with this process?

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Re: Replacing the Foam in my Harrison Combo


Hi Wonder 35

If you are just looking to replace the foam , then Nash Sports sells the peel and Stick foam. That's where I get my foam from and they are great to deal with. They sell the 1/4" 3/8" . I don't think that Greg used the peel and stick foam back in the day . In terms of the crusty glue residue, that can be a little tricky as you don't want to try to remove the glue and risk compromising the clear coat finish on the inside. If its not too much of an issue I would just leave it and apply the new Peel and stick foam over it as the new foam will still adhere to the mask. I would try to remove the old padding as carefully as possible as you will want to use it as templates for cutting out the new foam.

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Thanks for the advice. I was concerned about how much of the old glue would be a PIA to remove so I'll just cover it.

Do you think it would help to remove the old foam by heating it first? I really need to salvage as much as possible to have some sort of template.

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Re: Replacing the Foam in my Harrison Combo


Hi Wonder35

I'd be very wary of applying any type of "direct" heat to the foam to remove it, only because you have to remember that Greg use to finish the inside of his masks nice and smooth like the outside of his masks. He also would clear coat the inside giving them that clean surface on the inside, so I wouldn't want to do anything that would possibly cause the clear or paint to lift by adding heat.

A possible method would be to maybe apply warm water to the padding or possibly submerging the mask in warm soapy water to loosen up the glue and remove the foam. after removing the cage, screws snaps.

Worst case scenerio you can try getting a hold of Greg and asking him what the best method of removing the padding would be as he would have done this several times on repaints or when refurbishing.


Good luck and please keep us posted.

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The job is done. My greatest concern turned out to be unfounded. The old foam peeled off easily and in full pieces. I washed away the glue residue, cut new foam using the old material as templates and went to work.

Greg must have had moulds to punch the various patterns for ventilation holes in the foam as they were all uniform. Mine, not so much. I had a pen shaped Exacto knife with fresh blades but my cut outs, well, they're not as pretty.

The ¼" foam sheet and strip of Velcro to hold the sweatband, were purchased from Nash.

I took numerous photos of the old foam before attacking my mask. They helped when it came to reassembly.





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Re: Replacing the Foam in my Harrison Combo


Dies, to be exact. Usually with a significant amount of pressure. You could sand it with a sanding drum, but why? Only you are going to see your hand-cut holes in the foam.
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I don't think Greg ever used dies for his padding. He didn't use one on my foam, rather he cut it with a box cutter / exacto knife and he did a great job.
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