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A DIY Material

Postby Firefly16 » Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:43 pm

While doing some work on my bathroom today I came across a kind of plastic board I have not seen before. Lightweight, and made on the same principle as foamboard, it differs from that product in that its surfaces are hard and unyielding and so not susceptible to denting. The matrix which forms its core is extremely dense and compacted but easily cut, a combination that makes for firm, precise edges. I would very much like to explore its possibilities as a modelling material but don't know what it's called. Does anyone know, please, if it has a generic or brand name or, more interestingly, if anyone has already discovered it and used it for buildings.

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Re: A DIY Material

Postby Bufferstop » Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:14 pm

Hi Firefly16 Sounds interesting, any chance of a photo of an exposed end, might help recognition? It's doesn't happen too often but the person who knows what it is doesn't get your description, or just skims over the post whereas a photo grabs their attention and they say "Oh that's such and such it's made by......"
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Re: A DIY Material

Postby 4472 » Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:39 pm

Where did you buy it and does it have any packaging info
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Re: A DIY Material

Postby Firefly16 » Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:35 pm

Hi Bufferstop and 4472
I didn't buy the board, but hope that the attached pic showing one surface and section will give you an idea of what it is.
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Re: A DIY Material

Postby roganty » Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:18 pm

The photo's not very clear, but my money's on XPS
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Re: A DIY Material

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:23 pm

Is it the stuff they make plastic facia and barge boards from, that seems to be a plastic version of an Aero bar, smooth on the outside full of bubbles in the centre.
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Re: A DIY Material

Postby Firefly16 » Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:51 pm

Thank you for your replies, Gentlemen. I think it may be XPS as roganty suggests. Having just looked it up online on ebay among other sites, I'll see if B & Q have any.

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Re: A DIY Material

Postby rosenblad » Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:08 pm

This sounds like the boards I use for my baseboard! It is an XPS core with a glass fibre/cement surface on both sides. Here in Norway they are called foam core wetroom wall boards. We have two products, one called called Tetti, the other called Litex. Hope this helps!
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Re: A DIY Material

Postby Firefly16 » Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:14 pm

Thank you, rosenblad. The piece in my photo is 8mm thick. What you use for your baseboards must be thicker, I think. There is one sure way of finding out if it's the same product - do your boards cut with very little effort? If so then it probably is the same.

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Re: A DIY Material

Postby rosenblad » Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:24 am

Yes, mine are 12mm thick and all you need to cut them is a knife. They can be glued with ordinary PVA, giving a very strong bond. They are available in thicknesses ranging from 6mm to 50mm. The price here in Norway is a bit on the steep side, but I would never use anything else again!
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Re: A DIY Material

Postby Firefly16 » Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:17 pm

Thank you again, Gentlemen and particular thanks to you rosenblad. A mystery well solved!


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