White Heat-Activated / Self-Adhesive Foam Board

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Heat Activated foam board features an extruded polystyrene foam board with clay coated liners, one of which is a smooth clay-coated paper on one side and neutral pH heat activated adhesive on the other. Heat activated foam boards are designed for use in mechanical and hot vacuum presses as well as heated roll laminators. 

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HEAT-ACTIVATED SELF-ADHESIVE FOAM BOARD


Heat Activated foam board features a smooth clay-coated paper on one side and a pH neutral heat activated adhesive surface on the other. Heat Activated foam boards are designed for use in mechanical and hot vacuum presses as well as heated roll laminators. Since HA comes with a layer of smooth, evenly applied, neutral pH, adhesive that creates a permanent bond in the press as all layers reach activation temperature. It is ready for mounting right from the case eliminating the need for additional rolled mount tissues or film, saving both production time and money for either a single custom mounting or large production operations.

HA bonds at 160°F in 15-45 seconds in a mechanical press; at 160°F in 4 minutes in a hot vacuum press; and 280°F-290°F at a speed of 1-1/2 to 3 feet per minute (fpm) using a hot roll laminator.

Available in white or black it is ideal for heat tolerant paper, newspaper, poster images and RC photographs. It is available 1/8″ to 3/16″ thick, in sizes ranging from 24"x36" to 48"x96".

Mounting Instructions for Presses

HA is formulated to activate and bond at 160°F as the press. Thicker, larger and heavier items being mounted may require additional time for full activation and bond. Since permanent adhesives bond under pressure while in the press all of the layers of the mount package must reach full temperature to active and fuse. It is not advised to raise the temperature, but rather increase the time within the press if full fusion did not occur. Any item not fully bonded after the first run may be run a second time by adding additional time to the original setting (such as 1 minute + added time). Excessive temperatures can damage the polystyrene foam centre and should be avoided

Mechanical Press

  • Preheat press to 160°F temperature.
  •  Reduce and control moisture by pre-drying when necessary.
  •  Remove liner and align image face up on the adhesive side of the board.
  • Cover the entire board, including any exposed adhesive, with release liner.
  • Place in press and lock closed for 15-45 seconds.
  • Remove from press and cool under weight.
  • Trim to size and fit into frame.

Hot Vacuum Press

The draw time of a vacuum press varies depending on manufacturer and overall size of the press, but an average draw+dwell time is 4 minutes in a vacuum press. Since HA bonds with a shorter dwell time the suggested vacuum time is 3-4 minutes. A 2 minute mount time allows for a 1 minute draw of the air and moisture from within the press and 1 minute dwell time to activate and bond the layers. Release boards are never required for any technique in a vacuum press. Use of one will require additional time.

  • Preheat press to 160°F temperature.
  • Remove liner and align image face up on the adhesive side of the board.
  • Cover the entire mount board and image with release paper to protect the platen.
  • Close lid, activate the vacuum and run a full 3-4 minutes (including draw time).
  • Remove from press and cool under weight.
  • Trim to size.