Sign & Digital Graphics

April '20

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S D G M A G . C O M • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • 3 5 Komacel is a uniquely extruded foam board, while another product, Celuka, has a hard, integrated skin surface ideal for dimensional letter lamination and dis- play panels. "Its hard surface eliminates the risk of surface indentations that often occur dur- ing installation of dimensional letters," Ahdaya says. The choice of foam board, whether in polystyrene, PVC or another material depends on the results desired, Sisco says. "It's not just how good your sign looks, it's your customer experience with your products after completing a sale," Sisco says. "Starting with quality sign materials is paramount to positive customer engage- ment long after the point-of-sale." Coda Inc. supplies mount boards that are coated with adhesive and plans to offer printable boards in the future. Coda Inc. sells foam core, which tends to be used for more temporary signage and in smaller sizes, and Gatorfoam, a denser foam board with a tougher skin for more permanent applications. Foam core tends to warp, but to minimize this, it can be placed in a frame. The two types of foam board, along with Coda's other boards, are pre-coated with Coda Inc.'s Cold-Mount adhesive, and Gatorfoam is stabilized with a backer coating. Coda Inc. also offers display mounts called Stand-Outs, which are banded with an edge and coated with a pressure- sensitive adhesive and are ready to hang— they soon will be available with a printable surface. "All of Coda's foam substrates are coated with a pressure-sensitive adhesive that is carrier-based, which acts as a barrier between the print and the board," Coda says. "Another important consideration when working with foam boards is how they are cut. Certain cutters are better suited for different types of foam boards." Printed vinyl adheres well to the stan- dard foam boards, such as Coda Inc's foam core and Gatorfoam, Coda says. "A more stable board such as Gatorfoam should be used for larger sizes, as it won't warp, dent or crush as easily as a softer board," Coda says. "When mounting printed vinyl or any other type of print, careful thought needs to be given to the mounting method. The softer foam boards can easily be crushed with too much pres- sure." SDG United Industries' UltraBoard EdgeBand product being used to frame art. To get the best printing results, print shops should select a foam board with consistent quality and a white point that will work for most of their projects.

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