Self-Adhesive and Pressure-Sensitive Foam Board: Usage and Application

When it comes to the wide array of materials used for framing, making exhibits, signs, mounting pictures etc. foam boards strike makers as the most preferred substrate that is needed for domestic, commercial and art and craft related projects. So what exactly it is about foamboard that makes it such a highly preferred material?
Foamboard for picture mounting

Foam board is one of the strongest materials that is also lightweight yet strong at the same time and that won't dent or bend easily. It is also easily cut and drawn into various shapes as desired, which makes it a common choice for mounting of photographs and prints, as well as a backing material for picture framing. They come in a wide variety to serve a multitude of purposes. One particular category that we are going to discuss today is the self-adhesive or pressure-sensitive kind of foam board.

Pressure-Sensitive or Self-Adhesive Foam Board
 A self-adhesive foamboard is indeed useful for making signs which are of a temporary nature or for mounting posters that are not original works of art or archival. That is to say, the foam board and adhesive on these boards are not meant to be used for archival purposes. They are made in a manner that serves quick-fix requirements. Therefore, for more permanent applications, such as outdoor signs and for archival processes, various other techniques and approaches to mounting artwork or photos are used. These include acid-free dry-mount tissue onto acid-free foam board and for the most dent resistant mounting, gator board is used.
Self-Adhesive Foam Board

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 a chemically inert material. Typically supplied as one or two-sided pressure sensitive foam board, the substrate is easily available in retail or online stores. One reason the self-adhesive type is purchased often is that it is quite quick and easy to use and doesn’t require any exterior application and drying time typically involved with the usage of glue or adhesive. All you need to do is simply peel and then stick it to the surface. That’s also why it is considered ideal for mounting posters and photographs. It is also perfect for signage as it doesn’t involve any messy spray glues to deal with. It also cuts across with convenience just like any regular foamboard. It comes in a wide range of sizes and thicknesses ranging from 1/8 to 3/16 inches.

Repositionable Self-Adhesive Foam Board

Another small category in self-adhesive foam boards is the repositionable self-adhesive foamboard, which is the perfect choice of users when it comes to cold mounting photos and artwork on to foam board. 
Pressure Sensitive Foamboard

Temporary positioning may be adjusted, removed, and reapplied to assure accurate placement of your image. After you have positioned your work, you need to simply apply firm pressure so that it becomes a permanent mount over time. This foam board features acid-free adhesive and is also chemically inert. Typically available in 3/16" thickness, this particular foam board is not recommended for valuable artwork or limited edition prints.

What Makes Black and White Foam Board Colors an Ideal Choice?

Foam boards or foam core, in all its simplicity, is a rigid backing material that is used widely in the framing of art. It is a material that is similar to the attributes of Styrofoam and is layered on either side with plastic or paper.

Foamboards are also used widely in assisting with presentations. They are versatile can be easily cut into different shapes using a razor-sharp knife. This a big reason why architects prefer using them to make prototype buildings and models. A reason why foam poster board is commonly used in schools for displaying notices and art is that they can be purchased in the form of large sheets. Foam board is used for a variety of purposes, such as sign making, mounting prints - both photographic and art, 3D sculpture and design, as well as framing. Foam boards are primarily of two types - White Foam Board and Black Foam Board.

Ideal for Art Work

Due to the benefits resulting from foam boards being both light weight and strong, they seem to be a good fit for framing huge posters and various other works of art. They provide a rigid structure to paper art which provides them a rather sturdy appeal. As it is purchased in large sheets, it is also used as display boards in school fairs or a variety of school projects. These boards can be utilized as disposable bulletin boards as they can be pierced with the help of thumbtacks or pushpins. A white foam board has a slick surface which can be used as a makeshift whiteboard.

Mounting pictures on foamboard

Boards made with foam can also be cut into shapes very conveniently. They can be used for writing and painting using felt tip markers. Further, you can even glue fabric onto its surface to add or remove extensions to beautify or add detailing to the work. With a foam board, paint brush, glue and knife, you can easily create all sorts of different shapes for your school projects.

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Uses of Black Colored Foam Boards

These are typically very strong making it perfectly ideal for all kinds of art and craft projects as well as presentations and signs. Widely available in packs of ten, they are easily purchased from online stores that can deliver them to your doorstep. 

Black colored foamboard

As their surfaces are quite smooth, they can very easily be screen printed. Despite their strength, they can be cut very easily and are therefore best suited for strong yet light weight project works. They are also great at resisting both warping and denting.

Preference for White foam boards

White foam boards are used by a lot of people for a variety of projects such as making architectural models as well as displays. They have a resilient polystyrene core that pushes back soon after it is cut and mounted.

White Colored foamboard

Some of the white colored foam boards available in the stores come with a double-clay coating, rendering it a super smooth finish. They are mostly used for framing applications. One can also use them with spray adhesives, wet glue and dry mounting tissues.