While we’re all familiar with printing onto paper and card, here at BDH Tullford, we’re able to print onto a much wider range of materials, including plastics and metals. In this article, we explore the nature of Foamex, explaining what it is, why it’s great for signs and displays and how it compares to Correx. 

What is Foamex?

Essentially, it’s a foam board with a smooth finish. It comes in a range of colours and can be printed on and cut into a wide range of shapes. It can even be drilled, which is great if you need to attach it to something. 

Because the foam is lightweight, the installation of Foamex signs is simple. You can use screws, Velcro or double-sided tape to put it in place. It’s also rigid and strong, so you can trust that it won’t bend or break if it’s caught in a breeze.

What is Foamex made of?

It is expanded PVC foam, which is then compressed to create a rigid material with a smooth surface, suitable for printing.

Is Foamex the same as foam board?

It is a type of foam board. Foamex is a brand name, so while all Foamex is foam board, not all form board is Foamex!

What is Foamex used for?

It’s used for a wide range of purposes. It’s most commonly used for displays and signage. For instance, promotional posters, point-of-sale promotions and exhibition displays. 

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Because it is so strong and versatile, we can cut your board into eye-catching shapes that stand out from the crowd, wherever it’s used. 

Is It waterproof?

Absolutely. Because it’s made of plastic, it won’t deteriorate in damp conditions, while the UV inks that we use mean the colours can withstand both rain and direct sunlight. As a result, Foamex displays are ideal for indoor and outdoor settings.  

Foamex or Correx? Which should I use?

It depends on your project. Correx is light, easy to cut and install – and it’s also waterproof. Correx, however, isn’t as strong as Foamex and doesn’t have a perfectly smooth finish. As such, is better for smaller, temporary signs.

Not sure which material to use for your next display?

If you have questions about Foamex printing, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have years of experience printing onto a range of substrates and can provide the answers you’re looking for.