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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
  
[3A Composites, formerly owned by International Paper Co.] A registered trademark for a laminated foamboard. GatorFoam® is made from a rigid polystyrene core laminated with paper. The rigid, strong, flat panels are water-resistant and dimensionally stable. Direct sunlight will cause bleaching and degradation of any unprotected foam. GatorFoam® is not made as an archival product and may emit acidic vapors.
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[3A Composites, formerly owned by International Paper Co.] A registered trademark for a laminated foamboard. GatorFoam® is made from a rigid polystyrene foam core laminated between two facing papers consisting of wood fiber impregnated with resin. The strong, flat panels are water-resistant and dimensionally stable. Direct sunlight will cause bleaching and degradation of any unprotected foam. GatorFoam® is not made as an archival product and may emit acidic vapors.
  
 
== Synonyms and Related Terms ==
 
== Synonyms and Related Terms ==
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== Applications ==
 
== Applications ==
 
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Gatorfoam is used as a working surface for artist to support pastels, paintings and other media. It is commonly used to stretch water color paper.  Gatorfoam is used in exhibition and displays as a backing board and mounting surface.
 
== Personal risks ==
 
== Personal risks ==
  
Combustible, producing styrene and carbon monoxide.
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* Under high heat can produce aromatic hydrocarbons including, styrene, ethyl benzene and other polymer fragments.
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* May contain minute amounts of [[formaldehyde]].
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* Skin and Eye Contact, Inhalation: Dust may cause irritation.
  
3A Composites: [[https://d371dyuip757b1.cloudfront.net/downloads/3AC-Gatorfoam-SDS-Rev10.pdf| Safety Data Sheet]]
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3A Composites: [https://www.gogsg.com/ASSETS/DOCUMENTS/ITEMS/EN/GATBLK12-4896%20sds.pdf Safety Data Sheet]
  
 
== Collection risks ==
 
== Collection risks ==
May emit acidic vapors.
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May emit acidic vapors. Increased off-gassing can occur with high heat and moisture.
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Oddy Testing Link:  http://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Oddy_Test_Results:_Case_Construction_Materials
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==Environmental Risks==
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Material Is not biodegradable.
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== Working Properties==
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Gatorfoam can be cut with a utility knife, saw or router.
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==Exhibit Construction Reviews/Tips/Case Studies==
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AIC Link about Backing Inserts (http://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Stretchers_and_Strainers:_Materials_and_Equipment )
  
 
== Forms/Sizes ==
 
== Forms/Sizes ==
Gator-Foam® is available in thickness of 1/2", 3/8", 3/4" and 1".
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Gator-Foam® is available in black and white colors in a range of sizes and thicknesses. Some available sizes include (Dick Blick):
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* 16” x 13” x ½”
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* 23 x 31” x ½”
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* 32 x 40” x 3/16”
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* 32 x 40 x ½”
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* 48 x 96” x ½”
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== Resources and Citations ==
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* Abby Schleicher, contributed information, MWG group, 2020.
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* https://www.dickblick.com/products/gatorfoam-board/
  
== Sources Checked for Data in Record ==
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* https://www.gogsg.com/ASSETS/DOCUMENTS/ITEMS/EN/GATBLK12-4896%20sds.pdf
  
 
* Pam Hatchfield, ''Pollutants in the Museum Environment'', Archetype Press, London, 2002
 
* Pam Hatchfield, ''Pollutants in the Museum Environment'', Archetype Press, London, 2002

Latest revision as of 11:20, 31 July 2020

Gator-Foam, Dick Blick

Description

[3A Composites, formerly owned by International Paper Co.] A registered trademark for a laminated foamboard. GatorFoam® is made from a rigid polystyrene foam core laminated between two facing papers consisting of wood fiber impregnated with resin. The strong, flat panels are water-resistant and dimensionally stable. Direct sunlight will cause bleaching and degradation of any unprotected foam. GatorFoam® is not made as an archival product and may emit acidic vapors.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Gator-foam (sp); Gatorplast [Alcan Composites]; Gatorboard

Applications

Gatorfoam is used as a working surface for artist to support pastels, paintings and other media. It is commonly used to stretch water color paper. Gatorfoam is used in exhibition and displays as a backing board and mounting surface.

Personal risks

  • Under high heat can produce aromatic hydrocarbons including, styrene, ethyl benzene and other polymer fragments.
  • May contain minute amounts of Formaldehyde.
  • Skin and Eye Contact, Inhalation: Dust may cause irritation.

3A Composites: Safety Data Sheet

Collection risks

May emit acidic vapors. Increased off-gassing can occur with high heat and moisture.

Oddy Testing Link: http://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Oddy_Test_Results:_Case_Construction_Materials

Environmental Risks

Material Is not biodegradable.

Working Properties

Gatorfoam can be cut with a utility knife, saw or router.

Exhibit Construction Reviews/Tips/Case Studies

AIC Link about Backing Inserts (http://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Stretchers_and_Strainers:_Materials_and_Equipment )

Forms/Sizes

Gator-Foam® is available in black and white colors in a range of sizes and thicknesses. Some available sizes include (Dick Blick):

  • 16” x 13” x ½”
  • 23 x 31” x ½”
  • 32 x 40” x 3/16”
  • 32 x 40 x ½”
  • 48 x 96” x ½”

Resources and Citations

  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002