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Gator-Foam, Dick Blick


[3A Composites, formerly owned by International Paper Co.] A registered trademark for a laminated foamboard. Gator-Foam® 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. Gator-Foam® is not made as an archival product and may emit acidic vapors.

Synonyms and Related Terms

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

Personal risks

Combustible, producing styrene and carbon monoxide.

Collection risks

May emit acidic vapors.


Gator-Foam® is available in thickness of 1/2", 3/8", 3/4" and 1".

Sources Checked for Data in Record

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

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