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Ultra Mount Technical Guide
GENERAL
ULTRA MOUNT is a lightweight structural panel consisting of a rigid polystyrene foam core faced on both sides by poly coated Kraft paper. The foam and facers are permanently bonded together. The face laminates have been specially developed to provide a good surface for painting, silk screening, photo mounting and vinyl lay up. ULTRA MOUNT is an excellent choice for interior signage, photo mounting, exhibits, and point of purchase displays.
EXTERIOR USAGE
ULTRA MOUNT is not recommended for exterior use. The paper facers of these panels will not withstand extended exposure to moisture.
WARPING
ULTRA MOUNT panels are manufactured and packaged flat. Under most circumstances ULTRA MOUNT panels will remain flat. Potential for bowing is greater in thinner panels that have been treated differently on one side than the other, i.e., coating panels on only one side, or exposing one side to extreme moisture. For extremely critical applications, thicker panels should be used.
CUTTING
CIRCULAR SAWS:
ULTRA MOUNT can be cut with circular saw blades specifically designed for cutting paper faced foam boards. General Saw Corporation, 1-800-772-3691, makes a blade (PLF series) that will produce excellent results. Other blade manufacturers make thin-rimmed high speed carbide-tipped plastic cutting blades (72-80 25-degree alternating teeth on a 10” diameter blade). Band saws with similar tooth design can be used.
HAND CUTTING:
ULTRA MOUNT can be cut by hand with mat knives, utility knives and razor blades. The key to getting a smooth, clean cut with a knife or razor is to use a very sharp, thin blade held at as low an angle as possible in relationship to the board. This reduces friction and allows the foam to slice rather than tear. It may be more practical to make the cut in more than one pass, especially if the board being cut is thicker than 1/2”.
LAMINATING / GLUING:
No special surface preparation is required when gluing to the face of ULTRA MOUNT. The surface should be kept clean and free of any oil-based contaminates. Although many adhesives will work on ULTRA MOUNT, care should be taken in choosing an adhesive for its intended use. Always test the adhesive before a production run and always follow the adhesive manufacturer’s instructions.
PAINTING
ULTRA MOUNT panels need no special preparation before painting. For best results the surface should be clean and free of any contaminates. This is best achieved by simply wiping the surface with a dry cloth. ULTRA MOUNT can be painted with poster colors, acrylic paints, tempera, India ink and latex-based pigments. Caution should be taken when using oil based or solvent base systems, not to allow the paint to come in contact with the polystyrene core. These types of paints are likely to attack and deteriorate the foam core. The core may be required to be coated with a water based primer before solvent based paints can be used on the core.
PRINTING:
GENERAL:
ULTRA MOUNT panels are rigid, lightweight and easy to handle. The facers accept most printing inks well. Caution should be taken with any ink. Always test ink on ULTRA MOUNT prior to production run. Allow 24-48 hours after test printing to evaluate the suitability of the ink for the intended application. Follow all of the ink manufacturer’s instructions.
For best results in silk screening ULTRA MOUNT panels, it is recommended the panels be cleaned to avoid the clogging of screens. This can be accomplished by wiping the panel with a tacky cloth prior to printing.
DRYING:
Drying by oxidation and evaporation is recommended. Allow the freshly painted panels to dry the length of time suggested by the particular paint manufacturer. Forced drying by hot air ovens is not recommended.
ULTRA VIOLET INKS:
U.V. inks are not recommended for use with ULTRA MOUNT.
SCREENING INKS:
The following inks have shown excellent results with ULTRA MOUNT.
Ink Designs, Inc.
Flat Poster Ink (F.P. Series)
Hydra Print Ink (H.P. Series)
Multi-Purpose (M.P. Series)
Poly-Enamel (P.E. Series)
Value-Poster (V.P. Series)

Ink Designs International

Naz-Dar / KC
Echo Print (E.O. Series)
7500 Gloss Poster Ink
Satin Poster (S.P. Series)
PHOTO MOUNTING
GENERAL:
ULTRA MOUNT was specifically designed with the photo mounter’s needs in mind. The combination of ULTRA MOUNT’S high density core and thick poly-coated surface results in a warp free board that will maintain its exceptionally smooth surface finish after the photo mounting process is completed.
PHOTOS:
When dry mounting on ULTRA MOUNT, the temperature of the press should follow the adhesive manufacturer’s directions. Generally, the lower recommended temperatures work best. If possible, keep temperatures below 200° F. and residence time less than one minute. It may be necessary to preheat the panel before mounting to prevent any tendency of bowing.
Vacuum mounting with or without heat works well on ULTRA MOUNT. Spray adhesives and wet mounting techniques are suitable for the board’s surface. To prevent any tendency of bowing when wet mounting, it may be necessary to apply a counter-mount of comparable strength on the back side. It is advisable to avoid using an excess of bonding agent.

Ultra Core Technical Guide

GENERAL
ULTRA CORE graphic art board consists of a sheet of extruded polystyrene foam laminated on both sides with white clay coated paper. This lightweight material can be used for a wide variety of graphic arts applications including point-of-purchase displays, exhibits, signs, models, photo mounting and picture framing. Following are some general guidelines for working with ULTRA CORE graphic art board.
MOUNTING
ULTRA CORE material can be mounted utilizing most conventional mounting techniques, provided the surface of the boards are clean and free of dirt and dust.
Dry mounting on ULTRA CORE may be accomplished with a heat press or combination heat/vacuum presses. Although many dry mount tissues may be used, a lower temperature mount is recommended. Press temperatures should range from 180 degrees to 220 degrees Fahrenheit. Residence time in the press should be no longer than 90 seconds.
Vacuum mounting may be accomplished with either spray adhesives or wet mounting adhesives. When utilizing wet adhesives, it is important not to use an excess of adhesive. It is also advisable to apply a backing sheet of the same strength on the reverse side of the board to help prevent bowing.
Pressure sensitive adhesives, depending on the product used, may be used with or without press equipment. Care should be taken when using a roller press, excessive pressure may damage the core of the board.
CUTTING
HAND CUTTING:
ULTRA CORE can be cut by hand with mat knives, utility knives and razor blades. In order to achieve a smooth, clean cut without foam tearing, the blade must be sharp and positioned at a minimal angle during cutting. A sharp blade also reduces friction and the amount of force needed to cut the board.
Commercially available mat or foam board cutters can provide straight, square and clean edges with one pass of the cutting blade. The best edge can be obtained when the blade is set at the correct angle and is as sharp and thin as possible.
The cleanest cuts can be achieved from hand operated or powered cutters that utilize replaceable razor blades.
POWER CUTTING:
Rotary saws, band saws and scroll saws may provide an acceptable edge finish. The correct blade, blade speed, and feed speed required for a clean edge is dependent upon the quantity of boards being cut. It is recommended to pre-test any sizing method before committing to a production run.
Circular saws can be utilized to obtain clean cuts. The blade selected should be specifically designed for cutting foam boards. General Saw Corporation, 1-800-772-3691, makes thin rimmed, high-speed carbide-tipped plastic cutting blades that may produce acceptable results (72-80 25-degree alternating teeth on a 10” diameter blade.)
Band saw cutting may be performed with a straight knife or scalloped edge blades. Band saw blades with aggressive teeth can tear the paper and leave a hanging fray on the exit side of the cut. When cutting straight lines, wide blades tend to weave less than narrow blades thus producing a straighter edge.
Scroll saws or a Cutawl® Cutting Tool can easily provide curves and radii. The proper cutting blade is important in order to achieve clean edges. For scroll saws, thin premium double tooth blades can provide an excellent edge finish. Chisel point blades should be effective when utilizing a Cutawl®.
Routing and guillotine cutting are not recommended for ULTRA CORE.
DIE CUTTING:
Die cutting can be accomplished by using a 3-point steel rule die with a long bevel. The ejection rubber used in conjunction with the die should be a hard rubber to produce a square edge, or a soft rubber for a closed edge.
When die cutting ULTRA CORE, the use of a straight edge die with a long bevel and a hard rubber will produce a square edge due to the memory effect of the board.
EMBOSSING
Adding 3-dimensional effects onto ULTRA CORE may be accomplished by means of embossing or debossing. Using flat or rotary die presses, either lines or patterns may be impressed into the surface without using heat. This process can be done in conjunction with die cutting thus eliminating an additional operation.
PRINTING
ULTRA CORE’S white, clay-coated paper liners are chosen for their excellent screen printing characteristics, including fine line detail, good ink hold-out, and fast drying rates. Water-based, solvent-based, or UV inks are generally suitable. ULTRA CORE’S smooth surface makes it ideal for any printing operation which can utilize rigid flat sheet stock. When using solvent based coatings on ULTRA CORE, it is important that the coating does not come in contact with the exposed foam on the edges of the board. When using water dispersion coatings on foam centered boards, it is important to cover both sides of the board in order to reduce bowing.
Allow 24 - 48 hours after test printing to evaluate the suitability of the ink for the intended application. Follow all of the ink manufacturer’s instructions.
PAINTING
ULTRA CORE needs no special preparation before painting. For best results the surface should be clean and free of any contaminates. This is best achieved by simply wiping the surface with a dry cloth. ULTRA CORE can be painted with poster colors, acrylic paints, tempera, India ink and latex-based pigments. Caution should be taken when using oil based or solvent based systems, not to allow the paint to come in contact with the polystyrene core. These types of paints are likely to attack and deteriorate the foam core. The core may be required to be coated with water-based primer before solvent based paints can be used on the core.
When coating most of one side of a panel, the back side of the panel should also be coated to maintain more perfect long-term flatness. When possible, place weights at the edges when allowing the board to dry.
STORAGE
To reduce any tendency to bow, store boxes or sheets flat whenever possible. Store ULTRA CORE in the same environmental conditions as it will be used and avoid extremes of humidity and temperature.
FLAMMABILITY
ULTRA CORE has a combustible thermoplastic core which will burn when exposed to a flame source. Do not expose this material to open flame or other ignition sources.
These tips for fabricating ULTRA CORE have been developed to assist fabricators to work the aforementioned product: These fabrication suggestions and product specifications are based on information which is in our opinion, reliable. However, sense skill, judgment, and quality of equipment and tools are involved, and since conditions and methods of using ULTRA CORE are beyond our control, the suggestions contained in this manual are provided without guarantee. We recommend that prospective users determine the suitability of both the material and suggestions before adopting them on a commercial scale. South Asia Plastics Incorporated, does not make any warranties, expressed or implied, including merchantability and fitness for purpose, with respect to any said suggestions and product data. In no event shall South Asia Plastics Incorporated, have any liability in anyway related to or arising out of said suggestions and product data for direct, special, consequential or any other damages of any kind regardless whether such liability is based on breach of contract, negligence or other tort, or breach of any warranty, expressed or implied.

 

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