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where to buy 4x8 foamboard

Timothy Robison , Dec 06, 2006; 10:47 p.m.

I'm just wondering where to find foamboard in these large dimensions. The stores in this area don't sell them that large, except one, and they want $100 for them. Any substitutes? I'm looking some to use as reflectors for my studio.



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Kelly Flanigan , Dec 06, 2006; 11:03 p.m.

20x30, 30x40, 32x40" and 40x60 inches are standard sizes. Coreplast for outdoor signs is more common in giant sizes above 40x60". It is not as white abit, a plastic.

Brian McWeeney , Dec 06, 2006; 11:15 p.m.

You can buy foamcore in 4x8' sheets. Unfortunately if your local sources don't have any, you'll have to buy a whole case (25 sheets) and have it shipped to you. Here's one source. http://www.uline.com/Browse_Listing_870.asp?searchedkeywords=foam%20core

If you can find them, the ones that are black on one side and white on the other are even better for studio use. Tape them together for nice fills/flags.

Dave Trayers , Dec 06, 2006; 11:24 p.m.

I got a sheet of white 1" 4'x8' styrofoam insulation at my local home center. It's a little lightweight, but it works, and it's cheap.

Bob Bernardo - LA area. , Dec 07, 2006; 12:02 a.m.

Most art and frame shops have it.

Peter Steeper , Dec 07, 2006; 06:50 a.m.

I get mine at a sign shop. Sometimes they have smaller pieces they will give away for free.

Kelly Flanigan , Dec 07, 2006; 08:21 a.m.

End users such as our print shop buy foam core in cases; and have it delivered by truck. By buying from one supplier one has some leverage with rejecting a crushed box with crushed corners. A unknown internet slightly cheaper supplier will tend to have you dicker with the truckers with damaged goods. The material needs to be kept flat so as not to warp. There is always so warping, some scrap with the process of mounting folks fine art rare sunsets and soccer images. This scrap is often given to schools or cut down for smaller mounts.. Buying single sheets from a local sign or print shot is the sane way to buy foam core.

Kelly Flanigan , Dec 07, 2006; 08:23 a.m.

There is always some warping,

Kelly Flanigan , Dec 07, 2006; 08:29 a.m.

With the larger 40x50, 48x96, and sometimes the 32x40 sizes, beware of the trucking costs if you buy non locally. This cost is not trivial, sometimes several bucks per sheet. Selling a single perfect sheet to a picky over the counter customer is a pain in the bum. One might have to rifle thru several giant sheets, ie waste time. For a reflector, minor corner crushes dont matter, ASK the local store for 2nds, blems, here we sell it cheaper.

shiver me timbrrrre , Dec 10, 2006; 12:07 p.m.

Look for GatorBoard. Tougher than foam-core but costs about $50.00 a 4' x 8' x 3/16" sheet.

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