Gatorfoam or Gator Board is an extruded polystyrene foam board bonded between two layers of LuxcellŽ wood-fiber veneer. Heavy-duty graphic arts board. Excellent reputation for great performance. Much stronger then foamcore, but about the same weight.
Rigid polystyrene foam core laminated between two face veneers of resin-impregnated wood fiber for use in displays, photo mounting, and much more.
Provides an ideal combination of minimal weight and high load capacity.
Veneers available in white, black, and kraft (natural).
Large sheets of Gator Foam Core available in 3/16 inch 1/2 inch , 3/4 inch ,1 inch,1-1/2inch, 2 inch thickness.
If you are looking for the optimal in lightness and strength, choose the thicker sizes,they are incredibly warp resistant.
Gator board has a very rigid poly coating poly which is resistant to moisture, unlike foamcore board which is foam covered with lightweight card stock. Gatorfoam is not an acid free material, so you should check before using it for items which will be displayed in museums or other permanent archives. Gatorfoam is an extruded polystyrene foam mounting board encased between layers of a melamine and wood fibre veneer. Gatorfoam/Gatorboard has a harder outer surface than other foam core boards and resists warping. For miniature builders, Gatorboard is often used as a backing for wet materials like paperclay or stucco finishes which require a water resistant backing while the coating dries. Gatorboard is more durable than foam core boards and is a good choice for non archival applications, where strength and light weight are important. It is not suitable for archival applications as the facings offgas. Gator board is available in a white, black or natural (kraft) finish. For special applications (mounting photos and posters) it is available with an adhesive coating already applied. Black Gatorboard is not recommended for outdoor use as the color accelerates UV breakdown. Working With Gatorboard
The outer surface of Gatorboard is strong and chips unless cut by fine sharp blades. Handcutting of Gatorboard is not recommended although it can be handcut after scoring it with a very sharp, short craft blade. (Something similar to the knives used to cut melamine countertop material.) Hand jig saws or coping saws are preferable for handcutting simple shapes, more elaborate cuts should be done with power tools.
Gatorboard is easily cut with a power saw or router using sharp, fine tooth blades. It can be glued to the face of a structural framework, or held together with wooden dowels or biscuits to build without a frame.
Before gluing or painting make sure the surface is clean and dry. If necessary, scuff the top surface using 180 or finer grit sandpaper to create a better surface for bonding (when using glues other than contact cement).
This kraft colored natural brown surface and white core gator board is stronger than foamcore, but about the same weight. Gatorfoam has a very ridgid coating which is resistant to moisture, unlike foamcore board which is foam covered with lightweight card. Gatorfoam is not an acid free material, so you should check before using it for items which will be displayed in museums or other permanent archives. Gatorfoam is an extruded polystyrene foam mounting board encased between layers of a melamine and wood fibre veneer. Gatorfoam/Gatorboard has a harder outer surface than other foam core boards and resists warping.
This is a versatile gator board that is black on one side and white on the other. Providing options for designing and use. Gator Board is a very rigid plastic injected veneer surface adhere to a core middle, providing the ultimate in a rigid and light weight support. Useful for displays , mounting of posters, signs, etc...
A nice black dense styrofoam core with bright white veneer plastic surface. Useful for displays and other applications where the surfaces and edges are exposed.
Rigid sturdy and light weight self adhesive Gator Foam Board with a permanent adhesive coating and protective paper liner. 3/16th inch thick. Just peel and stick your sign, photo or mock up to the self adhesive gator board. No messy glues to deal with. Dent resistant. Not archival.
TRUCK SHIPMENTS ON LARGE BOXES OF BOARDS require higher shipping charges then normal UPS because they go by truck shipment.