A Guide to Using Self-Adhesive Foam Board

Foam boards have been meeting our indoor and outdoor requirements for years now and gradually, the industry has begun producing products with specific attributes to address the needs of today’s users. The sturdy and lightweight material that people know as foam board is a popular substrate. 

self adhesive foamboard

It is widely used for a variety of purposes of both domestic and commercial uses. One favorable attribute is that it cuts easily with a good craft knife or a sharp utility knife or simply with a snap off blade.  The substrate has become the backbone of various other industries where it is used.

Self-Adhesive Foam Board - Uses


Foam board is a framer’s choice for mounting of photographs and prints in picture frames. Self-adhesive foam board is the perfect choice when cold mounting photos and artwork on to foam board. This foam board features acid-free adhesive and is chemically inert. This foam board can be supplied as 1 or 2 sided pressure sensitive. It fits the desired shape with grace and can be put to use for interior design and architectural models. Foam boards ideally have three layers, one of which is polystyrene foam garbed with an exterior facing on each side of a paper coated with white clay coated paper. For its application for the purpose of picture framing, it is recommended that acid-free boards are used as they have a relatively longer shelf life and do not percolate acids ahead into the artworks.

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Self-Adhesive - Mounting Instructions


It is suggested that you peel the liner sheet on the board a couple of inches back. On doing so, you will be able to see the revealed adhesive. Next, carefully align the top along with the sides of the image print onto the board. After successfully aligning it, place the print down from the top edge.  While you are doing this, make sure that you keep applying the pressure down on the print and at the same time, keep pushing out the air bubbles toward the sides as well as the bottom. After you have the initial one or two inches down, carefully peel a little more release liner backwards and then apply the print in the same manner. You have to apply pressure and let the trapped air slip. Continue to do that all the way down through the entire sheet.

pressure sensitive foam board

If you find small air bubbles along the way or after you are done, simply use a pin and poke a hole right in the centre of the sheet. This should remove any remaining small bubbles that are left. If you are working on a large print, it would be of great help to have someone else there who can hold it for you above the sheet as you peel back the release liner and apply the print. This is to ensure that you don’t get the print hitting the adhesive before you are prepared to apply it.

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