Choosing the Best Sound Deadening Foam - What You Need to Know

Choosing the Best Sound Deadening Foam - What You Need to Know

Choosing the Best Sound Deadening Foam - What You Need to Know

Imagine driving in a serene, quiet car where the noise from the engine, road, and wind is a distant memory. This is the dream for many car enthusiasts, and it can become a reality with the right sound deadening foam. Choosing the best sound deadening foam for your vehicle is crucial for reducing unwanted noise and enhancing your driving experience. In this blog, we’ll explore everything you need to know about sound deadening foam, its benefits, types, and how to choose the right one for your needs. At SoundSkins, we are committed to helping you find the perfect solution for a quieter, more enjoyable ride.

Understanding Sound Deadening Foam

To make an informed decision, it's essential to understand what sound deadening foam is and how it works.

What is Sound Deadening Foam?

Sound deadening foam is a specialized material designed to reduce noise and vibrations in vehicles.

Composition: It is typically made from a blend of materials, including polyurethane or polyethylene, which are effective in absorbing and dampening sound waves.

Usage: Sound deadening foam is used in various parts of a vehicle, including doors, floors, roofs, and trunks, to create a quieter cabin environment.

How Does Sound Deadening Foam Work?

Sound deadening foam works by absorbing and blocking sound waves, reducing noise levels inside the vehicle.

Absorption: The foam absorbs sound waves, preventing them from bouncing around inside the vehicle and causing echoes.

Blocking: It also acts as a barrier, blocking external noise from entering the cabin and reducing vibrations that cause noise.

Key Benefits of Sound Deadening Foam

Using sound deadening foam in your vehicle offers numerous benefits, enhancing both your driving experience and the overall performance of your car's audio system.

Noise Reduction

One of the primary benefits of sound deadening foam is its ability to significantly reduce noise levels.

Quieter Cabin Environment: By absorbing and blocking external noises, sound deadening foam creates a quieter and more peaceful cabin environment. This makes conversations more enjoyable and long drives less tiring.

Reduction of Road and Engine Noise: The foam effectively reduces road noise, engine sounds, and vibrations, ensuring that your vehicle's interior remains serene even on the noisiest of roads.

Improved Audio Quality

Sound deadening foam can also enhance the quality of your car’s audio system.

Clearer Sound: By reducing background noise and vibrations, sound deadening foam allows your car’s audio system to deliver clearer and more precise sound. This means you can enjoy your music, podcasts, or audiobooks without interference.

Enhanced Bass Response: Sound deadening foam helps to improve the bass response of your car's audio system by reducing panel vibrations. This ensures a richer and more immersive listening experience.

Types of Sound Deadening Foam

Different types of sound deadening foam are designed to address specific needs and applications. Understanding the differences can help you choose the best option for your vehicle.

Open-Cell vs. Closed-Cell Foam

Sound deadening foam generally comes in two main types: open-cell and closed-cell. Each has its unique properties and uses.

Open-Cell Foam:

Structure: Open-cell foam has a porous structure that allows air to pass through. This makes it excellent for absorbing sound waves and reducing echoes within the vehicle.

Applications: Open-cell foam is typically used in areas where absorbing internal noise is a priority, such as the vehicle's interior panels and headliner.

Closed-Cell Foam:

Structure: Closed-cell foam has a denser structure, which makes it effective at blocking sound waves and providing a barrier against external noise.

Applications: Closed-cell foam is ideal for areas exposed to high levels of external noise, such as under the hood, in the doors, and on the floor. It is also more resistant to moisture, making it suitable for use in areas that might get wet.

Application-Specific Foam

In addition to open-cell and closed-cell foam, there are other specialized foams designed for specific applications.

Thermal-Acoustic Foam:

Dual Function: This type of foam provides both sound deadening and thermal insulation, making it an excellent choice for improving overall comfort in your vehicle.

Usage: Thermal-acoustic foam is commonly used in the engine bay, firewall, and roof, where both sound and heat need to be controlled.

Spray Foam:

Flexibility: Spray foam offers flexibility in application, allowing you to reach tight or irregularly shaped areas that might be difficult to cover with traditional foam sheets.

Benefits: It provides excellent sound absorption and can be used to seal gaps and cracks, further enhancing its soundproofing capabilities.

Choosing the Right Sound Deadening Foam for Your Needs

Selecting the best sound deadening foam for your vehicle involves assessing your specific needs and balancing performance with budget considerations.

Assessing Your Vehicle’s Noise Levels

Understanding the sources and levels of noise in your vehicle is the first step in choosing the right sound deadening foam.

Identify Problem Areas: Take note of where the noise is most pronounced. Is it coming from the engine, road, or wind? Different areas may require different types of foam for optimal noise reduction.

Measure Noise Levels: Use a decibel meter to measure the noise levels inside your vehicle. This can help you determine how much sound deadening is needed and where to apply it for the best results.

Budget and Performance Considerations

Balancing your budget with the performance you need is crucial when selecting sound deadening foam.

Determine Your Budget: Consider how much you are willing to spend on sound deadening. SoundSkins offers a range of products at various price points, so you can find an option that fits your budget.

Evaluate Product Performance: Look at the specifications of different SoundSkins products to find the one that meets your needs. Factors such as thickness, material composition, and thermal insulation properties can affect performance and cost.

Long-Term Value: While some products might be more expensive initially, they may offer better performance and durability, providing better value over time. Investing in higher-quality foam can save you money in the long run by reducing the need for replacements or additional treatments.

Installation Tips and Best Practices

Proper installation is key to maximizing the benefits of SoundSkins products. Whether you choose to do it yourself or opt for professional installation, following best practices ensures optimal performance and longevity.

Professional Installation vs. DIY

Deciding between professional installation and a DIY approach depends on your skills, tools, and preferences.

Professional Installation:

Expert Precision: SoundSkins authorized installers have the experience and tools needed to apply sound deadening materials with precision, ensuring full coverage and optimal performance.

Time-Saving Convenience: Professional installation saves you time and effort. Instead of spending hours installing the materials yourself, you can leave it to the experts and enjoy the benefits of a quieter vehicle sooner.

Guaranteed Results: Many professional installation services offer warranties on their work, giving you peace of mind that the job will be done right. If any issues arise, they will be addressed promptly and efficiently.

DIY Installation:

Cost-Effective: DIY installation can save money on labor costs. SoundSkins products are designed for easy installation with peel-and-stick adhesive backing, making them user-friendly even for beginners.

Satisfaction of Doing It Yourself: For those who enjoy hands-on projects, installing SoundSkins products yourself can be a rewarding experience. Detailed instructions and online tutorials can guide you through the process.

Maintenance and Longevity

Maintaining your SoundSkins installation ensures that it continues to provide effective noise reduction for years to come.

Regular Inspections: Periodically check the condition of your sound deadening materials to ensure they haven’t shifted or degraded. This is particularly important if you frequently drive in harsh conditions.

Clean Surfaces: When cleaning your vehicle, use gentle methods that won’t disturb the SoundSkins materials. Avoid using harsh chemicals that could weaken the adhesive or damage the materials.

Reapply as Needed: Over time, some sound deadening materials may need to be reapplied, especially in high-wear areas. Keep an eye on these spots and reapply as necessary to maintain optimal performance.


Choosing the best sound deadening foam for your vehicle can significantly enhance your driving experience. SoundSkins offers top-quality products that deliver excellent noise reduction and thermal insulation, ensuring a quieter and more comfortable ride. Whether you choose SoundSkins Pro for premium performance or SoundSkins Lite for affordable efficiency, you can trust SoundSkins to provide the solutions you need. By following proper installation techniques and maintaining your sound deadening materials, you can enjoy a quieter, more enjoyable ride for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What are the main benefits of using SoundSkins sound deadening products?

Answer: SoundSkins products provide significant noise reduction, enhance audio quality, and offer thermal insulation. They help create a quieter, more comfortable driving environment and protect your vehicle's interior.

2. How easy is it to install SoundSkins products?

Answer: SoundSkins products are designed for easy installation, featuring a peel-and-stick adhesive backing. With the right tools and techniques, most users can install these products themselves without professional help. However, professional installation is also available for those who prefer it.

3. Can SoundSkins products be used in any type of vehicle?

Answer: Yes, SoundSkins products are versatile and can be used in a wide range of vehicles, including cars, trucks, RVs, and more. They are suitable for various applications, from doors and floors to roofs and wheel wells.

4. How do I choose the right SoundSkins product for my needs?

Answer: Assess your noise issues and budget to determine the best product. SoundSkins offers a range of options, from the high-performance SoundSkins Pro to the more economical SoundSkins Lite. Our customer service team can help you select the right product based on your specific needs.

5. How long do SoundSkins products last?

Answer: SoundSkins products are made from high-quality materials designed to last. With proper installation and maintenance, they can provide effective sound deadening for many years. Regular inspections and care will ensure their longevity and performance.

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Step 1

To install the material you need be working on the metal surface of the car, remove upholstery. If you have never done this, we suggest searching it up on YouTube. Once the upholstery is removed, make sure there is no debris, waxy oils or rust by cleaning the surface with denatured alcohol.

Step 2

Once surface is clean and ready to go, cut the sound deadening material to the right size so it fits desired area. For small surfaces, we recommend that you measure the dimensions and then cut to fit.

Step 3

With the surface area clean and pieces cut to desired dimensions, peel off the paper and apply material to surface area starting from the top to bottom using the car door holes to help with alignment. We recommend using a hand roller to ensure that there are no air pockets and ensure the adhesiveness.

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Sound Deadener Install FAQ: Tips & Tricks

What tools will I need to for a sound deadening project?  
  • Rag & Denatured Alcohol: Apply the alcohol to the rag and use to clean the metal surface areas you will be applying the material to.
  • Gloves: Our product is pretty safe to install without gloves but if you have never installed a sound deadener mat, we recommend using gloves.
  • Hand roller: We highly recommend using a small roller to reach the tighter surface areas of your vehicle. You can find these on Amazon or most online retail shops. There are wooden, rubber and metal rollers, we recommend wooden or rubber, try and stay away from metal as they can tear the material.
  • Utility Knife: The utility blade is to cut the material. Make sure to cut the material on top of a pice of cardboard so that your blade stays sharper longer, if it's a big job, have some extra blades around.
How do you apply sound deadener material? 

We sell our roll on sound deadener product in 2 different formats: custom cut to fit pro kits and an easy to work with rolled up large sheet. If you can measure, cut, peel and stick you can install sound deadener! You can use your hand to apply pressure when positioning the material and then use a roller to make sure it sticks down to metal surface.

After you cut the material and are ready to stick it on, some customers find it easier to peel off a small portion of the release liner and then apply it to metal surface, and then work their way across the sheet, peeling off a small section at a time.

Make sure to always remove the air bubbles with the roller. The second most important thing when it comes to quality of sound deadener is the quality of adhesion to the surface area. You want the material to be stuck down properly to ensure it stays in place.

Where do you apply the sound deadening material?  

The great thing about our sound deadening material is that it can be applied to all types of metal surfaces. All SoundSkins sheets use extremely strong adhesive and they can even be mounted on fiberglass, plastic and even wooden surfaces, but it's not very common to apply to these surfaces since they don't vibrate as much. By covering all metal surfaces such as your doors, roof, trunk and floor you can make a significant difference to unwanted road noise.

Your top priority when applying a car sound deadener is to cover the doors, floor and trunk. If you have extra material then proceed to other metal surfaces you wish to cover for extra sound insulation.

How much surface area should I cover?  

To properly deaden the metal surfaces, we recommend to at least do 25% coverage with our SoundSkins material, this will make a difference in unwanted road noise, but to have a huge impact we recommend covering up 60% of metal surfaces. If you want to get the most used from your sheet, one effective strategy is the CHECKER BOARD APPROACH, using this technique you cut the SoundSkins sheet into small pieces and apply them to the metal surface in a checkered pattern.

It is very common for our customers to do close to 100& coverage to any metal surface because not only are they looking to reduce road noise, they also want to insulate their car from heat or they like the way the material looks on the car's bare metal surface.

How do I make sure the sound deadener sticks well?

SoundSkins products are made with a very strong adhesive and create a extremely strong bond with the metal, it's really hard to NOT make it stick. To ensure the best possible bond, we highly recommend cleaning the metal surface before applying our material and then using a hand roller to firmly attach the SoundSkins deadening mats.

Great adhesion with no air bubbles is the absolute key if you want to get the best performance. Remember that any air pocket with poor adhesion means you will not get the full benefit of the deadener.

How to install car sound deadener: Recap
  1. Remove upholstery and carpet from your vehicle. Proceed to vacuum to get rid of debris and dirt. Clean all greasy spots with denatured alcohol, other solvents or degreasers will leave behind a film that prevents a solid contact surface. Allow metal surface to try.
  2. Cut the SoundSkins sheet to desired size and cut using a sharp utility knife. Use gloves to avoid any cuts.
  3. Peel off the wax paper from the back of material and apply to surface, this can be done by small sections at a time. Use roller to create a strong bond between material and metal surface and to get rid of any air bubbles.

If you have any questions, make to reach out to use and we'll be happy to help.