[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
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.
- 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
May emit acidic vapors. Increased off-gassing can occur with high heat and moisture.
Material Is not biodegradable.
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 )
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
- Abby Schleicher, contributed information, MWG group, 2020.
- Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
- 3A Composites Product sheet: https://d371dyuip757b1.cloudfront.net/downloads/3A_SalesSheet-GATOR.pdf%7C