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Gatorfoam is a lightweight, rigid display board with a polystyrene core and white surface. The core is very dense and firm and the surface is a wood fiber veneer laminate impregnated with resin for water resistance.
Gatorfoam cuts cleanly with a knife, saw, or router. Choose Gatorfoam for your most durable displays, signage, and mounting surface.
Sheets measure 32" × 40" (81 cm × 102 cm).
Handling Charge — When ordering sheets of paper or board larger than 18” x 24” in quantities of less than 10, a $3.00 per order handling fee applies. Paper or boards may be assorted to reach the quantity of 10.
®Gatorfoam is a registered trademark.
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Gator Foam Board
from San Jose, CA
Comments about Gatorfoam Board:
I use the board to stretch full sheets of watercolor paper. The board is light weight, holds the staples well and overall does the job perfectly. Dick Blick's price is the best I've been able to find for this product. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is the overall size. It is a tad tight for stretching a 22 x 30 sheet. Just another half inch horizontally and vertically would make all the difference. Larger boards are available, but the price can be prohibitive.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Winter Springs, FL
Used gatorfoam board before and this is sturdy and great quality. The shipping and packaging was exceptional with absolutely no scratches or damage to the corners. Completely satisfied and will order again.
lightweight & amazing
from Elizabeth City N.C.
Using this for a support when I stretch watercolor paper. Used to use an old drawing board, which worked well but is rather heavy. This is so light I can pick it up & turn it easily if I need to paint from a different angle. May buy several more so I can stretch a batch of paper all at once. Their light weight would make them easily to store & stack after drying.Only issue I've come across is that it fell off the drawing table one time & one corner crumpled a bit - guess it hit the floor at a bad angle. but the size is such that the accident didn't really impact functionality much. I'm thinking of applying duct tape to the edges as a safeguard against future nosedives. Also want to say that any watercolor paint that finds its way off the edge of the paper & onto the gatorfoam wipes off easily, unlike the drawing board where it remains forever & is a bit of a distraction.
from Portland, OR
I'm new to watercolor painting and this Gatorfoam Board has made my painting and stretching my watercolor paper much easier. I wasn't able to find the size I needed in the store, but I found it here online. Thanks!
Sturdy and light.
I purchased this to watercolor on, after using things I had around the house that didn't give me very good results. I tried cardboard, an old glass cutting board, and a few other things - cardboard warped, glass held too much water. I didn't want to get a piece of wood that I'd have to apply coating to, so in my search for an alternative light-weight solution I came across these. It's almost as light as paper and doesn't warp when wet but also doesn't seem to trap moisture like glass or plastic. Very happy with this purchase.
By j art teacher
from Ann Arbor, MI
This gatorboard is fantastic in that it is very strong and an excellent material for building when strength is important. It is not too difficult to cut with a heavy xacto knife. It is however, quite expensive if you need large pieces and large quantities. Therefore, I have to find a different material for my large scale set-design project.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
great for pastel painting and versatile
By Banjo's Mom
Good for pastel painting in two ways:1. 1/2 inch as a sturdy lightweight back board.2. My favorite. Using the 3/8 board primed with art spectrum pastel primer for homemade surface. Awesome.
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Nightshift pastel on black primed gatorfoam
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
A Must Have
I needed this product for my college painting class. It's light weight and very sturdy, does not bend at all. This is a must have for painting with watercolors as it further helps the weighted paper from warping when taped securely to the board.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Borrego Springs CA
I prop Gatorfoam board up on my easel; it serves as a sturdy backboard for my watercolor paper; sometimes I staple the paper to the Gatorboard, sometimes not. For me, it works great. DIck Blick...I can't write a 'review.' Please be assured that I wouldn't continue to order from Blick thru the years if I did not like the products. I have used your products for about 20-25 years; that gives you a clue. Best from Patricia (Passwprd? don't ask I am not into that stuff)
Much less expensive but not at all cheap
from San Bruno, CA
Affordable half inch foamboard is really hard to find, so I tried Gatorboard when I saw it on this site. I was pleasantly surprised. It's very rigid, yet cuts easily. It is also available in convenient smaller sizes so I didn't have to get a large board when I really only needed a smaller piece.
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