Last week, when it wasn’t snowing and it was 70°+ degrees and full sun, I set out to try the Vega Bond SF001 Premium Single Component Self Expanding, Purplecoat Closed Cell Insulation Spray Foam, Acoustic Spray. It was a fun learning experience to see if this application would work for the rest of the construction projects. We need a lot of foam going forward!

Would we get another kit to do more? I think so. This stuff works pretty well. Below, here’s what it looks like with the R19 insulation on top of the spray foam and then the radiant barrier and tongue and groove. Should look pretty good when done.

For those who follow our journey, you know we’re all about DIY and learning as we go. This project was no different, and I’m here to take you through the highs, the lows, and the sticky situations (quite literally).

We kicked off this project with the goal of tackling the radiant heat in one of our rooms. The radiant heat was intense, and after sealing some cracks, it was time to bring in the big guns—or should I say, the big cans of Vega (or VGA) foam insulation. This purple foam promised to be our savior, despite my initial struggle with the backlight during filming. Lesson one in spray foaming: camera angles matter, folks.

Applying the foam was a new experience for us. The instructions were clear—keep the can 12 to 18 inches away from the surface, and make sure to apply it during the correct temperature window. Our first attempt went pretty well, and I was feeling optimistic. That was until we decided to switch tips for better coverage in the corners. Spoiler alert: it got messy.

The new tip gave us more control but made starting and stopping a Herculean task. After a somewhat comedic struggle, we swapped for a flat tip, which significantly improved our technique. This little adventure taught us the importance of choosing the right tool for the job—spray foam is forgiving, but only to a point.

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Taking a break and coming back for round two, I gained a newfound respect for professional foamers. The heat, the mess, the precision required—it’s not for the faint-hearted. But, as we progressed, the Vega kit proved its worth, equipped with everything we needed for the project. Buying the kit on Amazon came with a substantial discount for the second purchase, which will be a nice bonus.

We managed to cover a 12×12 room’s ceiling to a depth of 1 to 3 inches with 12 cans. The learning curve was sorta steepish; understanding the can’s pressure dynamics was crucial. The first few applications might test your patience, but it gets easier, I promise. And let me tell you, this foam grips like a dream. It adhered to every surface, impressing even a skeptic like me.

This project was a rollercoaster of emotions and foam. From the initial backlit confusion to the messy triumphs with various nozzles, it’s been a journey. The Vega Bond foam exceeded our expectations, and while we may have been novices at the start, I feel pretty confident in our foaming skills now.

To those contemplating a similar project, dive in. It’s messy, it’s challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. And to the professionals out there, consider this a tip of the hat. Your job is tough, and we’ve got nothing but respect for the work you do.

Until our next adventure on the homestead—be it back roads, DIY, or another round of spray foam—this is Ryan signing off. Keep tackling those projects, and we’ll see you in the next blog post.