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John Meyer

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Looking for a source for gaterboard, some place in usa..
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richard ide

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Google Gatorfoam. There are a lot of suppliers.
 

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Out of curiosity, is gatorboard/gatorfoam just a manufacturer's trade-name for foamboard?
 

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yes, and no...

elmer (the famous school glue manufacturer) sells foam board... i believe it IS ACID FREE but NOT LIGNIN FREE.

gatorboard, is what most photographers, framers call IT around here. for the most part from what I have seen (maybe not so everywhere else) it IS ACID FREE (should also be LIGNIN FREE).
 

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Gator is a much smoother, stiffer, higher-quality board than conventional fomecore. It is made differently. And more expensive. But it does need to be sanded lightly, or given a little tooth, to get adhesive sheets to hold.
 

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Thanks for the reply, so it is a sort of higher quality, harder surfaced foamboard with potential extra lifespan built in. However, if a standard foamboard contains lignin then I'm not sure how it could be sold as acid-free, regardless of any buffers used, so the acid-free versions sold here will also be lignin-free I think. Another question for the long-suffering local supplier . . .
 
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^ not necessarily... i'm not sure about standards in the pulp industry, but as you guessed buffers make it acid free, until the lignin turns acidic... i don't make the rules, but look it up... and do make sure you look for lignin free, i'm sure the 'extra' cost (of lignin free) pays off in the end, as many will testify for.
 

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Gator is nonporous and doesn't need buffers. The method of manufacture is completely different from ordinary paper-faced fomeboard. You can simply pull up the tech sheet on their website to read about this. Its properties are very well known. It is also more moisture and warp resistant, but for that very reason won't work for wet mounting. Another high-quality option is Ultraboard, then you go way up the price scale
into aluminum-faced boards like Dibond. Ordinary art store fomeboard has its presentation limitations regardless of whether it's buffered or not. It warps easily and leaves a lot of "orangepeel" with glossier prints, because it is quite uneven. The best quality conventional fomeboard is
called Mighty-Core, but it is not related to Gator either.
 

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When I was in business; I did cold mounting. Sanding Gatorfoam was a pain and dusty. I primed my boards with a 1:4 shellac/methyl hydrate solution. The shellac was as I remember a 2 lb. cut. Very fast dry and no dust.
 

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Zero dust with any modern sanding system connected to a decent vac. Only takes seconds to do if you have the right gear. No need to prime
it. For amateur use they sell a cheap little hand scraper that will break the surface gloss. But there are other brands of high-quality board that
do not need surface prep if this an issue. Gator is a good value.
 
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