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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®

Collection Risks

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

  • Rachael Perkins Arenstein, Lisa Goldberg, and Eugenie Milroy, ‘Support and Rehousing for Collection Storage’ In ‘Preventive Conservation: Collection Storage’ Lisa Elkin and Christopher A. Norris (eds.), Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, New York. 2019.
  • 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

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