What is Comatex?

What is Comatex?

KOMATEX is a lightweight closed-cell, free foam, rigid PVC sheet. The matte surface is the perfect substrate for screen printing, painting, laminating, vinyl lettering and forming projects. KOMATEX can be sawed, drilled, bent and fabricated using ordinary tools and fasteners.

How strong is expanded PVC?

Unlike many other forms of plastic, expanded PVC has superior strength to weight ratio. The sheets are tough, rigid, hard-wearing, while being easy to handle. Expanded PVC sheets are also free of lead, cadmium, zinc, and have passed all UL 1975 requirements, which makes it safe to work with and to fabricate.

What is expandable PVC?

Expanded PVC (expanded polyvinyl chloride) is a lightweight, yet rigid, expanded foam polyvinyl chloride. It is tough and versatile for many visual merchandising and signage applications.

Is Komatex waterproof?

In the colour white 662 (similar to RAL 9003), the sheets are even weatherproof and weather resistant, making them the ideal material for outdoor applications as well.

What is the difference between Komacel and Komatex?

White Komatex has been developed specifically for digital printing, virtually the brightest PVC sheet available with no need to print a white base. Komacel is an integral skin foam sheet made of rigid PVC with a sandwich-like structure. A fine-cell material with a firm, smooth outer skin, with a gloss finish.

Does PVC come in sheets?

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the most widely used plastics in the world. We offer PVC plastic sheet in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and thicknesses.

Can you screw into expanded PVC?

Use the Proper Fasteners PVC expands and contracts with temperature changes, so fasten it well. Fasten to framing, never just into the sheathing. Select fastener lengths that will penetrate the framing by at least 1-1/2 in. No predrilling or countersinking is necessary if the temperature is higher than 40 degrees F.

How do you clean expanded PVC pipe?

Expanded PVC has a natural static charge that attracts dust, dirt, hair and plastic chips like a magnet. Briskly wiping down the sheet with a dry rag only creates more static. Instead, wash the surface with water and a mild detergent or dishwashing liquid, such as Joy.

How do you cut expanded PVC sheets?

A good shop knife can cut thicknesses up to 3 mm. Up to 6 mm thick sheets can be scored and snapped on the score line. For speed and a very smooth edge, expanded PVC can be cut with a circular saw, table saw, band saw, or router. After cutting, edges can be smoothed with a file or a medium grit sand paper.

Is PVC A plastic?

Over the past few decades, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) plastic, commonly known as “vinyl,” has become one of the most widely-used types of plastics. PVC contaminates humans and the environment throughout its lifecycle during its production, use and disposal.

Does PVC board float?

The specific density of the pvc boards is . 55 g/ccm3, which is right around what pine is, so it should float the same.

Is foam PVC flexible?

OMEGA-FOAM ® PVC Foam sheet is a very versatile, flexible, lightweight and durable sheet designed for the demanding digital print, screen print and sign applications.

What kind of PVC sheet is komatex made of?

KOMATEX ® is a lightweight closed-cell, free foam, rigid PVC sheet. It is homogeneously colored with a matte finish that is tough and versatile enough for many of today’s applications. KOMATEX is available in 20 standard vibrant colors and a variety of thicknesses and sizes to fit most uses.

Is it OK to use komatex on vinyl?

KOMATEX is manufactured to be used for interior and limited exterior applications. Please use caution when using Komatex in an exterior application, especially when dark paint, ink or vinyl is applied. This may cause the sheets to expand in heat and contract in cold.

What’s the difference between Sintra and komatex PVC?

Komatex®is a excellent alternative to Sintra®. Komatex®(compare to Sintra®): Material is closed-cell, expanded plastic, high-density poly vinyl chloride sheet. It is acid free and has minimal out gassing for Archival use. Sintra is a homogeneous material that allows the ease of cutting without regard for grain.

What kind of cell structure does komatex have?

Komatex® features a closed-cell, matte-finish surface with a fine cell structure. It will fit the requirements for a multitude of applications, from substrates for graphics, point-of-purchase displays and backers for channel letters to wood replacement.

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