Gatorfoam - Canadian Source

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by bigdonnie, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. bigdonnie

    bigdonnie Member

    Do any Canadian gauge members know a source for 3/16" sheets of Gatorfoam in the Toronto area (or anywhere for that matter)? Curry's carries the 1/2" sheets, but this is far too thick for scratchbuilding walls (which is what I want to use it for).

  2. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Don't know specifically about Canada, but I found some 3/16" foam board (Elmer's) in Wal-Mart. I bought a sheet in my LHS for around $6 for a 20" x 30" sheet. The next day I was in Wal-Mart and found the same stuff there in their office supply department selling for $4 a sheet. :cry:

    Oh yeah, I also found some in Office Max and at Michael's. Don't know if you have any of those in your area.
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Try and contact them for a distributor list. They also have some really interesting related products, including one with (poly)styrene facing that would not need an additional face - you could theoretically glue it together just like styrene.

  4. bigdonnie

    bigdonnie Member

    Thanks Andrew. I didn't realize that Alcan made this product and, as you said, they make an amazing array of composite materials. Sent them a note asking for names of distributors and I'll share this once I get it.
  5. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    I picked mine up at the local Micheal's craft store. I think it was about 4$
  6. bigdonnie

    bigdonnie Member


    Are you sure that it was Gatorfoam and not just standard form board? I've purchased foam board there several times, but I've never seen Gatorfoam. Gatorfoam has actual wood plys rather than just paper.
  7. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Sorry, I didn't realize there was a difference. I'm building a mining complex right now using foam board with basswood laminated overtop. Both came from Micheals. I figure the foam board will provide a good strong structure.
  8. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Geeze, sorry, I didn't know the difference either. I thought foam board was foam board. :oops: :oops: I've never seen "Gatorfoam" then based on it having wood plys, so forget what I said. :rolleyes: :D
  9. R Writt

    R Writt New Member

    Gatorfoam can be purchased in the Toronto area at the store "Aboveground Art Supplies," 74 McCall St., Toronto. This store is next to the Ontario College of Art. When I was there yesterday, I remembered this thread and inquired about it.

    3/16 x 32 x 40 in sheets cost $ 23.99 (cnd) for white and $ 25.99 for black.

  10. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Thanks Bob,
    I`ll make sure Don nows about this,
  11. bigdonnie

    bigdonnie Member

    Thanks very much Bob --- this is very much appreciated. This is very close to where I work, so I will definitely make a point of picking up a sheet.

    I had found out from Alcan (the manufacturer) that their Toronto area distributor was in Mississauga. Although the distributor will sell direct to the consumer, the minimum amount is a 4' x 8' sheet for $50 (and that's ALOT of scratchbuilding! <G>). This is a much better option.

    FYI --- you can go onto Alcan Composite's site and request free samples. I did this and this product is awesome as my kids would say. It is much, much stiffer than standard foam board --- the outer layers are wood rather than cardboard. It is very difficult to bend.

    Thanks again.
  12. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    Do you have the link and/or email for those free samples?


  13. bigdonnie

    bigdonnie Member

  14. jasbourre

    jasbourre Member

  15. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Gatorboard is used by signmakers. I've recently read some articles about using it as subroadbed since it's supposed to be very strong and light. It certainly isn't any cheaper than good old plywood though.


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