View Full Version : Is gatorboard the same as foamcore board you can buy in most stores?

10-19-2011, 10:38 AM
Just wondering what you mount your pastels on,I use wallis ,colorfix and handmade sanded paper with Golden product on canvas.Thanks

10-19-2011, 10:45 AM
No. Gatorboard is very different but like foamcore it is a sandwiched composite but it is archival and far stiffer than foamcore and is also much more expensive. I just use Elmer's acid free foam core, and even that I only buy when I have a 40% coupon at Micheals. :lol:


10-19-2011, 10:48 AM
Think of it as being foamcore with a thin wood surface instead of paper.

10-19-2011, 11:10 AM
There's also archival foam core, but I can see how Gatorboard would be tougher.

10-19-2011, 05:54 PM
Thanks for the info!

Lisa Fiore
10-19-2011, 10:30 PM
I once asked for Gatorboard at the local Michaels and the saleslady thought it was something to do with the "Florida Gators" (football team).....sigh. No, they didn't have it.

10-20-2011, 12:45 AM
Heck No! 48 X 96, 3/16ths Gatorboard is $67.00 a sheet now...:eek: and that is not including shipping!...I used to get it bulk, but no more....the price tripled in four years! Now I horde and recycle what pieces I have left.

10-20-2011, 01:41 AM
Between gatorboard and thin foamcore, the question may be "what is the intended use?" If working on something that may become wonderful or stay around for the long term, then gatorboard is worth the extra expense. But, if you are using board as a tape down for class or maybe to make a paper surface more rigid while you paint, then foamcore is the inexpensive choice. Foamcore is available at Michael's, JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, etc. Gatorboard is pretty much an art specialty store item.

10-20-2011, 04:53 PM
my old source, http://www.artsupply.com/foamcore/gatorboardsheets.htm