Foamex or Foam board is perhaps the most popular material used for signage and creative projects.
A form of PVC, Foamex sheets are created when plastic foam is compressed to form a rigid board. Strong and lightweight, it has a perfectly flat surface that makes it ideal for printing on or painting.
One of the most beneficial properties of Foamex is that it is easy to work with, simple home tools will allow you to cut and mould a Foamex board into the shape and size you require.
Here we share some of our top tips for shaping and mounting your Foamex.
Shaping your Foamex
On thinner sheets of Foamex, a Stanley knife works well, providing of course that you have a steady hand!
Wood saws and band saws can also achieve good results, but avoid using any saws with fine teeth; these cause too much friction and can leave you with an uneven finish.
Jigsaws fitted with blades that are specifically designed to cut plastic materials will give the best results. Try to avoid causing too much friction and vibration as this will affect the overall finish, a relatively slow saw speed and a firm surface will help.
Foamex can also be drilled with relative ease, simply use a conventional drill bit, or one designed for plastics, but again, keep your drill steady and even.
Mounting your Foamex
Due to its lightweight properties, Foamex can be attached to most surfaces with just double sided tape or Velcro.
Adhesive bonding also works well, providing that your Foamex is dust and grease free, and that the two surfaces flush against each other perfectly.
Most solvents recommended for rigid PVC will work well, such as EvoStick, and are perfect for use when making a permanent or semi-permanent display.
Nailing or screwing your Foamex to the surface will also work, although it may not achieve the professional finish you are looking for.
Please feel free to add your tips and tricks, so we can all get the very best from our Foamex.