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Gator board Questions


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Jul 1, 1999
Holland, PA, USA
I don't use gator board much so help me out if you can. Can you screw into gator board? Does it come any thinner than 1/4"? I need to back a jersey case which has 1/4" space. I will need to screw in a few framed photos and 1/4 " plywood wouldn't leave me space for the matboard backing (or it will just hang out the back a bit.) I suppose that screwing into foam core is out of the question because I would think that it would eventually deteriorate. Thanks! Most people just frame the jersey which is standard.

Happy Holidays!

Gatorfoam is polystyrene foam faced on both sides with a thin layer of Luxcell (man-made wood fiber). The smooth, moisture resistant, surface makes it a good choice for many applications ... but not a good choice for screws!

Machine screws, nuts, and washers coupled with Sintra (closed cell PVC) would be a better choice. Sintra is available in a variety of thicknesses from 1mm to 19mm ... 3mm and 6mm are most common. Screwing directly into Sintra requires some care (see this guide).
You can also get 1/8" plywood as well.