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Soundproofing Simplified: Learn to soundproof like a pro

Soundproofing Simplified

Learn to soundproof like a pro

Soundproofing doesn't have to be complicated! But it is hard to do well without good information. If you're confused by the mess of soundproofing advice on the internet and think you deserve better, welcome to the Second Skin Owner's Manual.

We want Team Second Skin to be prepared for any challenge, so we're assimilating our 20 years of industry expertise onto these pages with the goal of creating the best resource out there for any soundproofing project.

We'll go in depth on the types of challenges our customers face every day, whether that's maxing out your SPL for a car audio application or fixing that unwanted noise in the conference room. If there's unwanted noise, we've run into it. All that TLC we put into our day-to-day jobs has been painstakingly recreated on the internet in this Owner's Manual.

As always if you're stumped or just want some advice, give us a call or email us and we'll coach you up on how to dominate that soundproofing project!

Vehicle Soundproofing Projects 

We've soundproofed it all. Whether it's a vehicle or a recording studio, we've got the know-how to help you get your project done right.  

CAR SOUNDPROOFING

Whether you drive an older car, are passionate about your car audio, or just want to find a way to make your evening...

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VAN INSULATION

A van conversion without insulation is like a person without clothes. That naked van might be fine in some...

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RV INSULATION

Campers, road trippers, and people who love peeing at 65mph, rejoice! We talk a lot about how to stay...

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BOAT ENGINE COMPARTMENT INSULATION

If you’re fed up with the excessive noise on your boat, consider insulating the engine bay compartment...

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SEMI TRUCK INSULATION

Comfort matters in a semi truck, both in the cockpit and the sleeper cab. Improving quality of life can help ...

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VAN SOUNDPROOFING

We have big news. The van is back! And for some of you it never left. Most of the time we talk about...

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SCHOOL BUS CONVERSION

Ok, you’ve got your eyes on the perfect Skoolie. You’ve come up with a catchy Instagram name, and have...

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TRUCK SOUND DEADENING

Ah, your pride and joy. You’ve put so much time into caring for her all her life. You’ve done everything to protect her...

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Automotive Sound Deadening Guides 

Can't decide between sound deadening mats and a liquid deadener? Maybe you're on a tight budget, but you still want a high quality solution? Or maybe you're just trying to figure out what sound deadening even is. Well... you've come to the right place!

WHAT IS DAMPING? A SOUND DEADENING OVERVIEW

Are you someone who likes to drive with the volume on your stereo turned up, but would rather hear the...

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THE TRUTH ABOUT DEADENING SPRAYS AND PAINTS

If you’re looking to reduce the sound in your car, one of the options you’re likely to come across is sound deadening...

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HOW TO REDUCE ROAD NOISE IN YOUR CAR

If you want to reduce the road noise in your car, you’re not alone. Most drivers experience road noise of some kind...

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SECOND SKIN VS DYNAMAT

Second Skin or Dynamat? It’s a question as old as time. Coke or Pepsi? McDonalds or Burger King? Starbucks or...

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HOW TO INSTALL SOUND DEADENER IN A CAR

When we are asked how to sound deaden a car, our first reaction is that it's both very complicated...

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SECOND SKIN VS ASPHALT DEADENERS

Ohhh man, asphalt sound deadening mats. Where to start? This article promises to be a doozy....

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SOUND DEADENING MAT OR SPRAY: WHICH IS FOR ME?

Driving is as much an experience as it is a necessity. You should enjoy how your ride feels, how it...

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QUIET EXHAUST AND ENGINE NOISE

Too much engine noise in your car? Is the sound of your car’s exhaust driving you crazy? You’re not alone...

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WHY CHEAP DEADENERS AREN'T WORTH IT

If you like to rock out in your car, listen to podcasts, or chat with the fam on your way home from work...

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Car Soundproofing Guides

Sometimes you just need someone to get into the nitty gritty with you. Join us as we dive into the details of expertly deadening and soundproofing various parts of your vehicle.

SOUND DEADENING CAR DOORS

Whether you’ve got a fully upgraded car audio system that you turn up to 11, or you enjoy playing some...

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CAR ROOF INSULATION

Think about the last time you drove around during a torrential downpour. How loud was it in your vehicle?...

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WHEEL WELL SOUND DEADENING

If you’re looking to dampen or deaden road noise in your car, first look to the wheel wells...

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TRUNK SOUND DEADENING

We love cars of all shapes and sizes, and have a firm rule to never ever autobody-shame our fellow car....

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CAR FLOOR INSULATION

When's the last time you got into your car and said to yourself, "Golly, the temperature in here is just perfect!"?...

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SOUND DEADENING UNDERCOATING

Soundproofing your car is a step-by-step process that starts from the ground up. If you're looking for an...

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Heat Insulation Guides

Stopping heat transfer is one of the best ways to make your car more comfortable. Keep that cold air inside the car in the summer and outside in the winter using Second Skin Audio's insulation guides.

UNDERSTANDING R-VALUES AND AUTOMOTIVE HEAT TRANSFER

Proper car insulation foam is the best defense against burning your forearm on the center console...

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CAR HOOD INSULATION

Although a roaring engine can be fun at a car show or a day at the track, it doesn’t mean you want to announce your...

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COLD AIR INTAKE HEAT SHIELD

If you’re serious about getting more horsepower out of your vehicle, one of the best solutions is simple...

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CAR FIREWALL INSULATION

The automotive firewall is an important safety element in any vehicle. It seems like an obvious place for factory....

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OPEN CELL FOAM VS CLOSED CELL FOAM

Open cell foam or closed cell foam, which type do you need? If you’ve found your way here, you’re probably...

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HEAT SHIELD RATTLE

Heat shields rattle because the welded sheet metal car manufacturers use can rust or come loose after...

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Soundproofing Project Guides

Soundproofing allows you prevent sounds from entering or exiting a space, by either blocking them with dense, airtight barriers or preventing them from originating in the first place.

STC RATING

When researching soundproofing materials you’ll probably come across something called an STC rating...

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SOUNDPROOF SINK

Soundproofing your sink is one of the best ways to quiet the noise in a loud kitchen. Most people never...

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SOUND BARRIER FENCE

Most of the information you find on our site discusses how to help make you comfortable in your vehicle...

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SOUNDPROOF CEILING

When I was younger I didn’t know brooms were for sweeping, honestly I just thought it was a tool...

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DRUM ROOM SOUNDPROOFING

Neil Peart, Dave Grohl, Phil Collins, Miles Teller’s character in Whiplash. What do all these people have in...

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SOUNDPROOF HOME STUDIO

Soundproofing a home studio has long been a dream project for many hobbyists, but 2020 expanded that...

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CUBICLE SOUNDPROOFING

In the age of beanbags, shared desks, and chairs you don’t quite know how to sit in, the cubicle tends to...

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SOUNDPROOF FLOOR

As much as we all appreciate the soothing sounds of a washing machine rumbling on the floor...

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HOW TO SOUNDPROOF WINDOWS

Soundproofing a room is a lot easier if you don’t have any holes in the walls. No windows… no doors...

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HOW TO SOUNDPROOF A BEDROOM

Soundproofing your bedroom is one of the most low-key impactful improvements you can make to your home...

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HOW TO SOUNDPROOF A GUN RANGE

There are few things I love more than an action movie from the 80s and 90s. Die Hard, Rambo, Terminator...

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HOW TO SOUNDPROOF A BATHROOM

A bathroom should be a peaceful and quiet place where can handle your business in a relaxed manner...

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WAREHOUSE SOUNDPROOFING

If you’re looking for a soundproofing solution for a warehouse, you may feel like it’s an impossible task...

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BASEMENT SOUNDPROOFING

Soundproofing your basement can help turn it into the space you’ve always wanted — a media room...

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HOW TO BUILD A SOUNDPROOF BOOTH

Over the past few years as people have spent more time at home and less time going out and traveling...

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SOUNDPROOFING DOOR SWEEPS

Have you ever sat near a door in a room where you could feel the air rushing through the gap under...

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SOUNDPROOF ROOM DIVIDER

Soundproof room dividers are an excellent, easy-to-install solution for people who are worried about the noise...

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SOUNDPROOF PARTY WALL

A drop ceiling is a secondary ceiling hung below the main (structural) ceiling. The drop ceiling has been...

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SOUNDPROOF EXISTING WALL

There are plenty of reasons for wanting to soundproof a wall in your home. Maybe your neighbors are college...

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ACOUSTIC CEILING BAFFLE

Picture this: You’re back in high school, inside the gymnasium, making a $20 bet with your best friend...

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HOW TO INSTALL MLV

People ask "does mass loaded vinyl work for soundproofing" all the time. Well if you are looking to...

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NOISY UPSTAIRS NEIGHBOR

Ahh… people. Can’t live with ‘em and can’t live without ‘em. Living next to others can be a blessing...

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POOL PUMP NOISE REDUCTION

Owning a pool can be like having a relaxing oasis in your backyard. When the summer heat comes...

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SOUNDPROOFING A HOLLOW CORE DOOR

Does the sound of your roommate snoring keep you up all night? If the door to your room is a hollow...

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SOUNDPROOF SHED

Want to make a music studio but the only space you have is your shed in the backyard? Or maybe...

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METAL ROOF SOUDNPROOFING

If the annoying “pitter patter” of rain drops or squirrels on your roof is driving you crazy, we feel your pain...

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CLOSET SOUNDPROOFING

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the work-from-home push has been stronger than ever...

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CONFERENCE ROOM SOUNDPROOFING

You are just about to seal a deal with an important client but you keep getting sidetracked by the sound...

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SOUNDPROOF LAUNDRY ROOM

Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly washed and dried laundry? Especially if it’s already been folded...

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SOUNDPROOF DOOR

Whether you’re looking for a way to drown out the noises keeping you up at night, want a private....

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SOUND PROOF WALLS

It’s time you eliminate all that unwanted noise leaking in your home. You know what we’re talking about...

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SOUNDPROOF GENERATOR BOX

Whether you operate a mobile business, are an avid camper, or just like to be prepared - a portable generator...

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OFFICE SOUNDPROOFING

Sometimes even being in an office with a few dozen coworkers can still sound like you're in a zoo with a...

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HOME OFFICE SOUNDPROOFING

These days the office looks... a little different. In fact, it looks a lot like home. As we all do our best to...

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SOUNDPROOF FOAM PANELS

Our team at Second Skin really prides ourselves on the quality and accuracy of the information we provide...

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DO SOUNDPROOF BLANKETS WORK

Soundproofing a space can often feel like a daunting project. Although we do everything we can to...

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PIPE SOUNDPROOFING

If you’re fed up with noisy drain pipes, you’re not alone. With the growing use of PVC pipes in home plumbing...

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HOW TO SOUNDPROOF A WASHING MACHINE

There are few things as relaxing as the feeling of a towel just out of the dryer, or the smell of freshly washed linens...

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HOW TO SOUNDPROOF A GARAGE

Before the man cave or the she shack, the garage was the respite-of-choice of moms and dads across the country...

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AIR CONDITIONER SOUNDPROOFING

There’s nothing quite like entering your cool, comfortable air conditioned home after a long day in the...

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HVAC SOUNDPROOFING

To soundproof your air vents is to regain peace and quiet in your home or office. If you’re reading this article...

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HOW TO SOUNDPROOF A DOG CRATE

As dog owners, it’s safe to say there isn’t much we won’t do for our pets. We feed them, care for them...

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SOUNDPROOF BLANKETS FOR DOORS

If you have ever tried to hang a blanket over a door in hopes of blocking sound from entering the room...

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MASS LOADED VINYL ALTERNATIVES

Mass Loaded Vinyl is one of the most popular soundproofing materials, used by construction crews and...

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MASS LOADED VINYL VS GREEN GLUE

A lot of people ask, does mass loaded vinyl work for soundproofing? A common misconception on the internet...

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SOUNDPROOF DROP CEILING

A drop ceiling is a secondary ceiling hung below the main (structural) ceiling. The drop ceiling has been...

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PODCAST SOUNDPROOFING

In the last few years as we were all stuck at home searching for something we haven’t already seen...

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SOUNDPROOF CURTAINS

Soundproof curtains may sound like a great way to keep outside noise from disrupting the quiet inside...

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SOUNDPROOFING SEALANT

Acoustic caulk (or acoustic sealant) is your best friend when soundproofing your home or business...

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SOUNDPROOFING EXTERIOR DOOR

Many frustrating and grating noises can penetrate your front door. It could be traffic from a busy street...

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SOUNDPROOFING A REFRIGERATOR

Are you getting increasingly more frustrated because you can’t hear your own thoughts over the constant...

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SOUNDPROOFING DOUBLE DOORS

Can your team barely concentrate in your meeting room over the noise of people chatting away on the...

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HOW TO BLOCK ROAD NOISE FROM HOUSE

Larry across the street swore that loud construction on his house would be done 3 weeks ago. Sabrina next...

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ABOUT WOOD WOOL PANELS

Wood wool is a unique, economical, and stylish way to improve the acoustics in a commercial space...

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CONDO SOUNDPROOFING

It seems like more and more people are living in condos and townhouses. We didn’t bother to look...

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SOUNDPROOFING A MUSIC ROOM

Are you looking to take your music practice space to the next level? You deserve to practice in a soundproof...

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IIC RATINGS

Impact Insulation Class is the acoustical rating used to quantify the amount of impact noise reduced...

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SOUNDPROOF SERVER RACK

Throughout the past couple of decades, more and more companies have moved from using paper...

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Acoustic Treatment Guides

Acoustic materials reduce reverberations and echoes inside a space with their sound absorptive properties, allowing you to improve sound quality and speech intelligibility.

NRC RATING

Noise reduction coefficient, or NRC, is a rating used to measure how effective a material is at absorbing sound...

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HOW TO REDUCE ECHO IN A ROOM

Room echoes are never pleasant, whether you’re trying to have a conversation, get work done, or just enjoy...

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ACOUSTIC CLOUD PANELS

From wide-open industrial facilities with cement floors to ultra-modern conference rooms with...

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HANGING ACOUSTIC PANELS

Rotofast Snap-On Anchors are the easiest and best way to install acoustic wall panels. The system can be used...

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ACOUSTIC TREATMENT CALCULATOR

As with most things in life, there’s an easy answer and a complicated answer to how many acoustic panels you need...

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RESTAURANT NOISE REDUCTION

A normal night out to eat might be one of the things we all miss most about pre-COVID life. But what I...

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FIXING ACOUSTICS IN A GYMNASIUM

Most people expect quite a bit of noise when they enter a gymnasium, but if you’ve ever been in a gym...

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FABRIC WRAPPED ACOUSTIC PANELS

Most people find their way to us because they’re looking for help fixing a noise problem, and acoustic....

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LOW VS HIGH FREQUENCY SOUNDS

Every day we hear a multitude of different sounds, ranging from overwhelmingly loud to almost imperceivably soft...

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REVERBERATION VS ECHO

For anyone who isn’t an acoustics professional, echo and reverberation can seem like they are the same thing...

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ACOUSTIC PANEL PLACEMENT

Getting the perfect location for your new sound absorbing panels can become complicated, but in most...

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CHURCH ACOUSTIC TREATMENT

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to find old churches. Architectural marvels like...

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HOME THEATER ACOUSTIC PANELS

Right now in most places in the country, theaters are closed. It’s been one of the things I miss most...

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