Glossary E-F

Foamboard or Foam core: A closed-cell foam between two skins of paper available in both archival and non-archival grades. The non-archival is the most readily available. It is quite rigid but can be cut with a knife. Not recyclable. Fome-Cor brand (International Paper Co.) has an acid-free polystyrene core, but paper (wood fiber), may become acidic over time.
An "archival" version with buffered paper is only available in the 3/16" thickness.The 3/16" size is commonly used as a backing board for paintings, and maybe incorporated into framing packages for works on paper (normally separated by a vapor barrier). The 1/2" thickness is frequently used as a material for tray-pack style crate interiors or to fabricate lightweight inner boxes for both 2D and 3D objects. sometimes used to provide a support in storage where extra rigidity is required. Product grade needs to be carefully chosen to suit the application. Comes in white, black and colors. Thicknesses range from 1/16” up to 1”. Precut 8 ½ x 11 up to 48 x 96 sheets. Also comes pre-primed with adhesive.

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