Re: Beware of old AntiStatic foam


Eric-K0ELB
 

This is well known in the gun community, people buy those nice hard shell plastic gun cases with the foam inside and leave their guns in there for years, and corrosion always results.

They found out that the real problem is the type of foam. Open celled foam will absorb moisture and thus corrode anything that's stored in it for a length of time. Even if it's covered in oil like a firearm usually is. The more humid the area you live in the worse it is, obviously. The trick is to never leave anything you want to use again in foam.

For storing things like IC's, I would use something like a small hard plastic case and no foam at all. And check them at least once a year.

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