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  • has anyone heard of the material flexiboard?

  • James Martin

    April 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    customer is looking for 3 foot by 4 foot menus for the inside of a curved staircase wall, he wants 6 of them,(must be some staircase) and he has heard of something called FLEXIBOARD.

    Anyone heard of this or anything that I could apply vinyl to and then it could be fastened to the wall taking its shape.

  • Andy Gorman

    April 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    I don’t know what flexiboard is, but I have seen a wooden sheet that has loads of grooves in the back which enables it to bend easily. Maybe that’s what he’s on about.

    How curvy is the wall? Could you just use a bendy plastic, like 3mm foamex?

  • James Martin

    April 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    I’ve never even handled 3mm foamex, is it quite flexible?

    Bendy plastic sounds about right although I could imagine it being thinner than 3 mm even.

    Is the front of the wooden stuff able to take the old vinyl?

    If it was A4 size I would just apply letters to the inside of a laminate pouch and seal it up.

  • Tim Painter

    April 3, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Could try HIPPS or Staufen which starts at about 450 Microns thick.

  • James Martin

    April 3, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    A search for staufen board has led me to a site that explains what it is and it looks OK.
    The same site has polypropylene board which looks even better.
    whats is HIPPS then?

  • Robert Lambie

    April 3, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene)
    comes in sheets 3’x2′
    approx 2-3mm thick
    colours are normally primary colours + black and white

  • Kevin Flowers

    April 3, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    europoint do a 900 micron board like HIPS, flexible, strong & lite nice gloss white finish 1250mm x 1500mm. I use it a lot for safety signs


  • James Martin

    April 4, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Europoint are sending me some samples of Penta.

    tks everybody.

  • Kevin Flowers

    April 4, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    don’t know what Europoint is like down your way but could not get samples of this product, something to do with the actual supplier. Eventually had a pack sent out on a sale or return basis.


  • Andrew Boyle

    April 4, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    maybe get a sample of priplak from robert horne……. 😀

  • Glenn Sharp

    April 4, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    whats priplak Andrew?

  • John Gregson

    April 4, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    I’ve used priplak before, very plyable and available in different colours and large sizes. It might be a problem to print or stick vinyl onto though. If I remember correctly it has been through a treatment called corona discharge where its bombarded with electons to change its molecular structure. Don’t know why. :lol1:
    The only ink we got to stick to it was coat’s correx ink, mind you, when it did key on you couldn’t shift it.

    I’ve got some small white offcuts if you need a sample

  • Andrew Boyle

    April 4, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    priplak is semi rigid and takes vinyl fine, available in various microns and some sparkly colours

    designed a hot foil and deboss job on a creased menu….worked well…and the foil doesn’t scratch off easily.

    used a lot in fold over swatch book type things.. 😀

  • John Gregson

    April 4, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Andrew,
    The keying of ink I mentioned was for car roof top swing signs we printed by the 1000’s for the likes of ford and vauxhall. We tried Sericols version of ink that was meant for polypropylene with no luck – coat’s ink was the only one to key and put up with my test scratch :lol1:

    Data sheet for priplak:

    Enhancement with printing techniques

    PRIPLAK® sheets are treated on both sides, with an electric arc that oxidises the surface of the material.
    This fine invisible layer improves the adhesion of inks suitable for printing on polypropylene

    I think the treatment wears off after 6 months or so and this could be why we struggled to key the ink.

    Cheers John

  • Andrew Boyle

    April 4, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Cheers John….I’ll be perfectly honest I was so surprised when the foil didn’t rub off………thanks for the info about inks I know someone wanting to screen it for a flyer (?)

  • John Gregson

    April 4, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Sorry Andrew, should have typed coates inks as the supplier, missed the e, must be the tonic in me gin. :lol1:

  • Mark Latchford

    April 6, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Flexiboard is like Correx bit is split down the grooves on one side only making it really flexible. You can easily mount digital prints or screenprint
    direct to the substrate I’ve made a few plinths from it. If you ring Amari
    they can get hold of it. Comes in various colours as well.

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