Lightweight, laminated foam panels. Foamboards are typically made with expanded polystyrene between one or two outer layers of papers of paper, metal or plastic. Some examples of foamboards are Artcare, Fome-Cor, Gator-Foam, and Crescent Rag board. Acid-free foam boards are used for matting and mounting works of art.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Foam Core; cartón pluma (Esp.); plaque de plastique expensé (Fr.); foam board; mounting board; Artcare; Fome-Cor®; Gator-Foam®
Foamboards vary widely in their potential for off-gassing hazardous materials and should be tested prior to use. Boards containing beaded polystyrene may release beads from cut edge.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
- A Glossary of Paper Conservation Terms, Margaret Ellis (ed.), Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York City, 1998