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What is Foam Board Printing?

Our foam board printing projects are printed on ultra-lightweight PVC foam board material. This material is composed of a solid foam center with a significant lightness, but bendable rigidity. The surface is faced with a high quality coated paper for beautifully printed inks. This material is often used as visual aids for announcements, displays, or presentations for events, store promotions, and more.

Foam board is a sturdy, durable, and versatile signage option. We print using our high-quality printing machines in beautiful, full-color UV inks. We can take any artwork, design, or logo and print it exactly to your specifications. Plus, we are happy to cut your print into any custom shape.

We call it foam board printing, but you may also know it as foam core, foam-core, or “foamboard” printing. Any way you’d like to say or spell it, it’s all the same to us!

Top Benefits of Foam Board Printing

Foam board is the perfect blend of customizable, cost-effective, and durable.

It can be adapted to practically any custom size, from 4”x4” all the way up to 94”x46”. We are able to create large posters or small in-store sale displays and temporary directional signs. If you aren’t sure which size is right for your project, feel free to contact us for a free consultation and our expert recommendation.

Foam board comes in 2 primary thicknesses, 3/16″ and 1/2″ and can be printed on either one or two sides. For added durability, opt for the thicker foam board which offers increased durability, lifespan, and is less prone to bending or creasing.

With our high-quality printing machines, our foam board printing process is streamlined and customizable for all client projects. We also offer custom cut, to provide an extra level of customization. We’re happy to cut any kind of shape, from photo booth props and speech bubbles to 3-D buildable pop-up stands.

We offer foam board printing lamination to extend the life and quality of your print project. Plus, lamination adds a sleek, higher quality finish to your display. We also offer a matte lamination.

One of the most cost-effective signage options, foam board printing is highly popular with new businesses, for temporary or seasonal signage, and for special events.

Since we use fade-resistant inks, your print should last up to 2 years if handled with care and displayed or stored properly.

Plus, it’s incredibly easy to showcase your foam board printing projects! Their lightweight profile makes them a good fit for hanging directly on the wall, put in a frame, or propped up against a flat surface.

Winning Features of Foam Board Printing

  • Fully customizable: size, design, and cut!
  • Great material for indoor and outdoor
  • Smooth, matte finish
  • Double-sided print option
  • Lightweight, portable
  • Easy to install or mount
  • Inexpensive
  • Incredible full-color UV color
  • 2 thickness options available

Foam Board vs Other Sign Materials

Confused by similar sounding products, and don’t know which to use? Have no fear! We’ve put together this handy table which shows common sign materials compared, with links to our other product pages you can check them out!

 Name   Cost   Weight   Durability   Exterior   Finish   Outdoor Use? 
 Gator Board   $$  Very Light  ***  Wood Veneer  Glossy  No
 Foam Board  $  Ultra Light  **  Paper  Matte  No
 Ultra Board  $$  Very Light  ***  Plastic  Glossy  No
 Sintra Board  $$  Light  *****  PVC  Low Gloss  Yes
 Coroplast  $  Ultra Light  ****  Plastic Sheeting  Low Gloss Yes
 Dibond   $$$  Light  *****  Aluminum Sheeting  Metallic  Yes

Lifespan for Foam Board Prints

Foam Board prints are printed on our high-quality PVC foam board material that comes with a standard lifespan of 2+ years.

To get the most of your foam board, we recommend using them only indoors and caring for them properly. The material has certain pliability and can be easily dented or creased. So proper care is imperative.

While foam boards can be used both indoors and outdoors, this material is not weather resistant or moisture repelling. So, do not expose your foam board prints to inclement weather or extreme temperatures. If foam boards are left outdoors, they are likely to be damaged and unfit for use, thus limiting their lifespan.

When used primarily indoors, cared for properly, and in temperature and climate-controlled conditions, the boards can easily last 2+ years.

We recommend gatorboard for long term applications where the media may travel from one event to the next. Acrylic prints are another long-lasting option for photo displays.  However, displayed somewhere out of reach where it won’t be touched often, foam board can last years. For an example of such a display, see how a bookstore client of ours (pictured in the above gallery) hangs foam board prints from the ceiling as aisle signs.

Caring for Your Foam Board Printing Project

Properly cleaning and caring for your foam board will improve the longevity of your prints.

Foam board can certainly be used both indoors and outdoors, however, storing indoors and using primarily inside will ensure a longer lifespan of your print. Plus, using it inside will protect it from inclement weather which can damage the print.

Carefully handle your foam board to prevent tears, scratches, and dents. Do not drop it or place objects on top of it.

Foam board is not water-resistant, so do not use water or expose it to moisture. Adding a laminate finish will provide increased resistance to moisture.

To clean your foam board, very gently wipe it using a dry, soft cloth

Local Delivery

Our team is happy to deliver foam board printing projects anywhere in San Diego

For certain corporate and enterprise projects we are happy to discuss additional options with you. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Nationwide Shipping

Once you complete your foam board printing project, we’ll ship it to you anywhere within the United States. Depending on your order size we may offer free or expedited shipping. Please contact us using the form to get the exact details, and we’ll ensure your experience is amazing!

2 reviews for Foam Board Printing

  1. Bill

    It’s tough to find a good reliable expert that not only can do the printing, but helps with the design and creative. We worked with Mark to get a unique design created for our company and were very happy with the service and price! Will definitely use agin.

  2. Glenn Ono – OSA

    We recently exhibited at the San Diego Convention Center–the conference began on Sunday. On Friday morning, we realized that a signage shipment had been diverted and wouldn’t arrive when needed. I called Coastal Creative at 10:00 a.m., Friday, and asked if they could print eight (8) 22 x 28 signs mounted on 6 mm sintra backing. Stacey, the account executive, worked magic with the production team to get this completed that same day–including courier delivery to my hotel. You’d never know that this was a rush job–the project was beautifully printed and mounted. Even the packaging for delivery was carefully done. I can’t say enough about the quality of the work, the efficiency and courtesy of service and how they basically resolved a potential disaster. Thank you for your work!

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