3A Composites USA Inc.

Gatorfoam Exterior

Gatorfoam Exterior, a new offering in the Gator board product line, has been introduced by 3A Composites USA for creating exterior graphic displays and signage designed to stand up to the elements.

Gatorfoam Exterior offers all of the features of Gatorfoam. Gatorfoam consists of polystyrene foam bonded between two layers of wood-fiber veneer laminate. This unique construction makes Gatorfoam rigid yet lightweight and warp-resistant; its surface also is exceptionally smooth and strong, offering superior dent- and scratch-resistance.

To enhance its weather performance, Gatorfoam Exterior is manufactured with a specially formulated adhesive that improves both bond strength and moisture resistance. This adhesive reduces the chance of delamination when Gatorfoam Exterior is exposed to outdoor conditions, including heat, cold and humidity. Gatorfoam Exterior has been tested according to ASTM D1183 C in temperatures ranging from minus 70 degrees to 160 degrees Fahrenheit and in the combination of high heat and humidity (100 F with 95 percent relative humidity).

(Testing has shown that this new glue formulation may “yellow” in color over time but that its performance will not be affected. It is recommended that the exposed edges of Gatorfoam Exterior be sealed with a non-solvent paint or primer to cover visual yellowing of the glue line.)

Gatorfoam Exterior is available in the Bright White color in 48-inch by 96-inch sheets in both the one-inch and 1.5-inch thicknesses.

“It’s always a pleasure to meet our customers’ needs through the introduction of new products,” said Joseph N. Masters, marketing manager, graphic display, 3A Composites USA. “Gatorfoam Exterior will fill a niche for graphic designers and fabricators requiring exterior grade substrates to create displays with medium-term lifespans. We’re proud to offer Gatorfoam Exterior, which not only features the proven qualities of heavy-duty Gatorfoam but thoroughly tested enhanced weather performance as well.”

Gatorfoam Exterior may be decorated with both direct digital printing and screen-printing operations as well as painted. (The substrate core should not be exposed to solvent-based paints.) Gatorfoam Exterior may be either saw cut or routed.

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