Gator Board Printing

Gator Board Printing

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Gator board signs are an ideal poster substrate for trade show signs, portrait prints for homes, and other advertising types. Read More

  • 1/2"
  • 3/16"
  • 1" All Corners $2.00
  • 3/4" All Corners $2.00
  • 1/2" All Corners $2.00
  • 1/4" All Corners $2.00
  • 3/8" All Corners $2.00
  • Halo $9.01
  • Circle $0.60
  • Oval $0.60
  • Special $9.01
  • Top & Bottom Center $2.00
  • Top Corners $2.00
  • All Corners $3.00
  • Top Corners $2.00
  • Top & Bottom Center $2.00
  • All Corners Only $3.00
  • Top Center $1.50
  • 3" Black Easel $1.75
  • 5" Black Easel $2.00
  • 7" Black Easel $2.35
  • 15" Black Easel $3.50
  • 18" Black Easel $5.00
  • 24" Black Easel $5.50
  • 36" Black Easel $13.50
  • Stainless Steel Standoffs $18.95


Buy Custom Gator Board Signs

Any Custom Size - Same Day Production - Double-Sided Printing

Our custom gator board signs are one of the strongest foam boards you can order online. It is dense, rigid, resistant to denting and bending, and very affordable. If you were wondering where to buy custom gator boards, you came to the right place! Come see why this product is popular for school projects, upgrading family portraits, hanging artwork, and promoting small businesses.

Also comparable to Gator board, and equally popular, is foam board, which the main difference is that it has white edges. But still, our custom gatorboard signs are the preferred hardwearing medium, and gatorboard printing is still considered the more durable option in our printing service. Before you complete your purchase, you may want to compare Foam Board vs. Gatorboard to determine what's best.

Gator board signs can be used for many things, and we are here to fulfill your needs. Whether you are making a presentation panel, having your favorite artwork printed, or making your business's logo, the custom gatorboard sign we produce for you will stay strong and beautiful for years to come.

Why Buy Gator Board Signs From FoamCorePrint Online?

We pride ourselves and our gator board printing service on bringing you the best quality products at the lowest possible price. So you can be sure that when you place an order with us online, you're getting the best quality products at wholesale costs. Printing high-quality family portraits on a thick custom Gator board is a great, affordable gift and a way to spice up your home's walls.

We do gator board printing with passion, and all you have to do is select your thickness, size, and finishing details, upload your favorite artwork, and approve the proofs. We take care of the rest!

Custom Gator Board Features

Direct Printing

Direct Printing

Our custom gator board signs are printed directly on the surface of the material using lasting UV-resistant inks in full color.

Any Custom Size

Any Custom Size

Use our design tool to adjust your gatorboard sign to any size you need ranging from 4"x4" to 48"x96", including custom shapes!

Custom Gator Board Features
Double-Sided Printing

Double-Sided Printing

Print custom artwork on both sides of your gatorboard sign to maximize the sign's visibility.

Same Day Production

Same Day Production

Order today and get your custom gatorboard signs tomorrow with same-day printing by FoamCorePrint!

Gator Board Material Specs

  • Material Thickness: 3/16", and 1/2"

  • Physical Weight: 0.209, and .0275 lbs per ft.²

  • Panel Type: Compressed Gatorfoam board with a wood fiber veneer

  • Panel Color: Black gator board

  • Print Type: Single or double-sided printing

  • Finish: Matte with a clay face surface

  • Use: Indoor sign with sturdy construction for personal custom artwork, menu boards, storefront displays

  • Installation: Drilled holes, substrate grommets, rope, string, or bungee cords to hang gatorboard from a ceiling

  • Estimated Lifespan: 10+ years with proper care & maintenance

  • Common Sizes (WxH): 4"x4", 8"x10", 16"x20", 24"x36", 3'x3', 4'x4', 4'x8'

Gatorboard Printing Use Cases

Depending on your needs, here are the most popular examples for gatorboard prints use!

Home Use Examples

  • Spice up the walls in your home with artwork

  • Capture personal milestones like birthdays

  • Celebrate anniversaries and graduations

  • Make retirement parties more exciting and appealing for family and friends

Commercial Uses

  • Temporary retail signage

  • Display motivating images in convention halls

  • Boost customer conversion or employee retention

  • Make recruiting events such as job fairs more effective

  • Showcase your new products or services

Indoor Usage

Gator board photo printing is more affordable than acrylic photo prints and provides top-quality visual impact. Whether you need it for home decor, business premises or events, or even as gallery exhibits, custom gator board signs will leave a lasting impression on everyone. Gator board signage is long-lasting and easy to mount, and you can order it online hassle-free and at an affordable price. The FoamCorePrint team is here to help you with any questions or concerns regarding gatorboard indoor use.

Outdoor Usage

Since gatorboard is made from a combination of paper and polystyrene foam core, it is very durable. However, printing on gator board is not water-resistant, so you cannot use it outdoors. Gatorboard prints will be damaged beyond repair if exposed to outdoor elements, especially rain and snow. You can post them outside, but only in favorable weather conditions, for short periods.

How Customizable Is Gatorboard?

Gator board signage can be ordered up to 60x120" and manufactured with drill holes, grommets, circle cuts, and "Special cut" options into any shape a graphic artist can think of and design up. Make the selections when adding to the shopping cart, and the price per piece will update in real time as you make the changes.

Gator board prints are lightweight and rigid; they have a solid, dense foam core center with matte clay backing on both sides. Our custom Gator boards are available in 3/16″ and 1/2″ thicknesses; they can be cut to any custom size and can be printed directly on one or two sides using vibrant UV ink. Why frame your family photos and artwork? It's so costly and time-consuming the hassle outweighs the positive. Print and hang your photographs and artwork on a prevalent custom gator board today and ensure your valuable images will last in time.

A gator board sign is not ideal for outdoor use because the conditions can destroy the gatorboard material. Alternatively, you can look at Sintra signs as a more weatherproof alternative, as they will not break down from exposure when installed outdoors.

Popular gator board printing sizes:

  • 4x8” Gatorboard - Ideal for photos, watercolors, or oil paintings

  • 16x20” Gatorboard - great for constructing displays, photo and sign mounting

  • 24x36 Gatorboard prints - suitable for mounting prints, photos, displays, and art projects

  • 30x40" - perfect for architectural models, mock-ups, as well as exhibits and displays


Hang your gator board on walls with screws, nails, or 3M adhesive-backed products. Drilled holes are another popular hanging option you can select when configuring your purchase if you're looking to mount your custom gator board safely to the wall.


Gatorboard signs are made for indoor use only. With gator board printing, you'll want to avoid placing your sign where it will be exposed to increased moisture or liquids (including using liquid cleaning solutions), as this will cause permanent damage to the material and, in some cases, tearing of the board. You can use a microfiber cloth to clean your gatorboard sign to remove dirt and debris.


Board Signs

Apart from Sintra boards, you can take a look at what other kinds of board signs you can go with that we have on offer through our printing service online:

Acrylic Signs

Perhaps one of the most versatile materials, an acrylic sign is an excellent choice for just about any business. The flexible plastic from which the acrylic signs are made is durable and lightweight. So, whatever your need, there is a strong chance acrylic signage can provide a permanent and durable solution. Contact FoamCorePrint today to discuss how we can solve your signage needs!

Acrylic Signs

PVC Signs

PVC Signs are made from lightweight compressed PVC foam sheets with a matte finish made of the material known as polyvinyl chloride. PVC signs are typically used for outdoor signage, and their longevity depends on the weather, direct sunlight, and material thickness. PVC signs are everywhere - outdoor advertising, retail stores, and even your home! One reason why they're so common is that they're easy to manufacture and install.

PVC Signs

Yard Signs

Coroplast or Yard Signs are pressure resistant and defy crushing, warping, and punctures with regular usage. Completely waterproof, they are a top choice for temporary outdoor use. Yard signs are waterproof, hold UV inks exceptionally well, and, most importantly, do not discolor or bend easily. They are utilized as trade show signage, "For Sale" signs, yard sale signs, and even sign spinners or twirlers on the sidewalk bringing in traffic from the busy street corners tailored to your personal business needs!

Yard Signs

Styrene Signs

Styrene is a unique material used as an indoor sign or outdoor sign. Commonly used for retail signage, restaurant menus, storefront displays, or trade shows, they are very convenient because they are lightweight and can uphold harsh conditions. When printing on Styrene, make sure your photos are high-resolution. Otherwise, your styrene prints won’t have the most amazing quality possible.

Styrene Signs

Magnetic Signs

Unlike printing on gatorboard, magnets are weather resistant, and the quality won't suffer. If properly maintained and cleaned, they typically last 1-2 years. If you rely on your vehicle for business, a custom magnet car sign would be the best solution to spread your message or improve your branding day in and out. As far as magnetic vehicle signs go, here at Foam Core Print, your satisfaction with them has a 100% quality guarantee.

Magnetic Signs

Cardstock Signs

Cardstock prints are very popular at weddings and children’s parties. Custom invitations or cardstock printings are a fantastic way to deliver a personalized message or thank you cards for any given upcoming or past event. Cardstock signs have become a standard on any formal occasion and are affordable to deliver personal messages to your closest friends and family members.

So, don’t be afraid to start a live chat with our service reps or contact us to help you select the best product for your next print on gatorboard.

Cardstock Signs

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Frequently asked Questions


What is gator board?

Gatorboard is a cousin of foam board and is much more rigid and durable. In fact, its rigid characteristics make gatorboard an industry standard for trade shows.

What are Gatorboard signs?

Gator board signs are technically considered a form of foam board. It is a rigid black compressed foam center encased in a wood-fiber veneer. However, the gator is more rigid, and the clay face will only allow for a matte. No semi-gloss finish is available. Gatorboard's exterior plastic surface is much more rigid and resistant to warping. However, it's not acid-free, so it needs to be handled with proper care if used for permanent use.

What are alternatives to gator foam boards?

The traditional foamboard is a cheaper alternative, but it can easily dent and bend. In turn, permanently damaging your board. We suggest a custom gatorboard sign for those who need a more rigid product. Read more on Foamboard vs. gatorboard

Comparing - ultra board vs. gator board - they are very similar, but gator boards have a clay-faced finish while ultra boards have thicker plastic and an even more rigid and dense feel.

Is gator board the same as foam board?

No, foam boards and gatorfoam boards are two unique materials. Here are some unique differences between the two;

Foam Boards

  • compressed white foam and siding 

  • paper face

  • dry erase, matte, gloss, or no finish options (which is closer to matte)

  • indoor use only


  • compressed black foam and siding 

  • clay face

  • matte finish only  

  • indoor use only 

  • dent, bend, crease, fold resistant

What are some use cases for gator board signs?

Since Gator Board is so affordable, they're great for small businesses. It's commonly used for menu boards in restaurants as well as pop-up signage in a retail setting. Gator's matte finish makes it perfect for the bright lights of the showroom display. We have a wide selection of board printing for advertising; you can be sure we have exactly what you need for your next project.

What are grommets?

Grommets offer the edges of your board more additional reinforcement when hanging with hooks.

Do drill holes and grommets go all the way through the boards?

Yes, the drilled holes and grommets go all the way through the boards.

What are the hole sizes for grommets & drill holes, where are they placed?

Drill holes are .25" and placed .75" on the center from each side of the board. You have the option selected. Grommet holes are .38" in diameter and also placed .75" in the center from each corner. Grommets are exactly the same as nickel-plated banner grommets. Placement options are as follows:

  • Top Corners grommets

  • Top & Bottom Center grommets

  • All Corners Only grommets

  • Top Center grommet

Can I drill my own holes?

No, you can not. While the gator board material is relatively easy to drill through, it is not recommended. The Gator board's clay face will crack very quickly if the speed of the drill is not rotating fast enough; we offer special cut finish options that will allow for unique, custom shapes, custom sizes, and hole placement.

Is Gator Board expensive?

No, gatorfoam board is not exspensive in compareision to foam boards. The cost of a gatorboard varies depending on the purchase volume. The website has an advanced algorithm that will calculate sqft discounts on all purchasing levels; square foot discounts begin at 100 sqft and max out at 2500 sqft. At this time, the start price of foam boards with full-color direct print at 1000dpi costs $10.65 per square foot and can be as low as $5.97 a square foot.

Gator Board Printing Cost

Units Size Cost Per Unit Sqft Discount Subtotal Total
1 12x12" $10.65   $10.65
250 12x12" $10.18 -$117.00 $2,544.75
500 12x12" $9.71 -$468.00 $4,855.50
1250 12x12" $8.31 -$2,925.00 $10,383.75
2500 12x12" $5.97 -$11,700.00 $14,917.50

What is a cut option?

A Cut option is not required; it is a unique finishing option for shapes other than squares or rectangles. Here is a list of Cut options styles;

  1. Circle-Cut (perfect circles) We prefer you submit full-scale square designs with your colors flooded edge to edge; you will see the final circle layout in the proofing process.

  2. Oval-Cut (perfect ovals), same as the circle above; we prefer you submit full-scale rectangle designs with your colors flooded edge to edge.

  3. Halo-Cut (you are in control of the path the CNC machine takes, unique custom outside shape) 

  4. Special-Cut (custom shape, inside and outside cuts are okay) Both Special & Halo Cuts require additional art set up; check out How to Set Up-Cut Files.

How long does gator board last?

Your custom Gator board can last many years if stored properly. If mounted indoors and if the print is not in direct contact with UV rays from the sun, you can expect 3-5 years, if not longer.

What does gator board look like?

Gatorboard has a clay face and compressed black foam in the center; the clay face is white and has an impressive matte finish. Below is an image of the gatorboard from a side view.

How long will it be before the inks fades?

There is always a lifespan on any product. If the products are cared for, cleaned, and stored away correctly, they last many years. We use UV-coated permanent LED inks designed to hold up over time to sunlight. The more direct contact with the daylight your prints have will impact the longevity of your gatorboard prints.

Are Gator Boards waterproof?

No, Gator Boards are not waterproof. Gatorboard is made from compressed black foam board and has a clay face; the material will degrade rapidly if left outside or exposed to outdoor weather.

What is Gator board mounting?

The term Gatorboard mounting is actually used to describe a photo or photopaper mounted onto a gatorboard; this process is called photo mounting. This process uses lamination for different finish styles like matte, gloss, or semi-gloss. This technique is aged, and the poster paper tends to separate over time and degrade. Since then, advancements in technology have taken over the printing industry. New cutting-edge flatbed direct UV digital cured printers and inks are the way of the future, and photo mounting is now a thing of the past. Foam core print only uses a UV digital direct-to-substrate printing method, we do not offer photo mounting. 

What is the physical weight of gator board per sqft?

The physical weight of the 3/16" gator board is 0.2093 lbs per ft.². The formula for weight calculation on your specific dimension product can be figured by multiplying your length x width divided by 144 = Your Physical Weight.

What are standoffs?

Standoff hardware looks like a complicated version of a screw, and it is. It's a separator that's threaded. What are standoffs? They come to different lengths to raise one material over another. They consist of a wall screw, barrel, and cap, usually made of aluminum. Please take a closer look in detail with images in our blog post.

How large are the standoff holes and where are they placed?

Standoff holes are .41" and placed .75" in the center from each corner the option is selected. Immediately after your purchase, you will upload your graphics and see a visual representation of the standoff holes in the online proofing stage.

What are rounded corners?

visual of rounder corner options

It refers to the finish of the physical board itself. The edges will have a nice straight-cut finish without round corners, where round allows smooth rounded corners. The measurements refer to the corners' severity or degrees (radial bend). Rounded corner sizes from less to more dramatic corners;

  • 1/4"

  • 3/8"

  • 1/2" standard

  • 3/4"

  • 1"

What is a cut option?

A Cut option is not required; it is a unique finishing option for shapes other than squares or rectangles. Here is a list of Cut options styles;

  1. Circle-Cut (perfect circles) We prefer you submit full-scale square designs with your colors flooded edge to edge; you will see the final circle layout in the proofing process.

  2. Oval-Cut (perfect ovals), same as the circle above; we prefer you submit full-scale rectangle designs with your colors flooded edge to edge.

  3. Halo-Cut (you are in control of the path the CNC machine takes, unique custom outside shape) 

  4. Special-Cut (custom shape, inside and outside cuts are okay) Both Special & Halo Cuts require additional art set up; check out How to Set Up-Cut Files.

Does gator board come in matte or gloss finish?

Our custom Gatorboard is made from compressed black foam board and has a clay face, and is only in a matte-up finish; the UV liquid gloss coating absorbs directly into the clay face very porous, and will not bind to the material. 


What are easels?

Easels are a vertical table display option installed on your substrate's backside with an adhesive. The items are shipping flat, but when the items are received, the boards are unpacked, and the easel back simply swings out and allows the board to be displayed. A prevalent option in retail settings along with tradeshows.

What size does gator board come in?

Everything Foam Core Print offers are manufactured to spec or "custom to order," meaning the clients selects the exact custom size down to 100th of an inch. We can manufacture gator boards as small as 4"x4" and as large as 60"x120" on gator board sheets. 

What is the turnaround or lead time for gatorboard signs?

Standard turnaround for custom gatorboard signs is 3 business days and is based on the approval of the art file for the order, not the time of purchase. We do offer next-day turnaround as well as same-day production. The cut-off time for production to begin is 10 am PST for a "standard" 3-day turnaround, 8 am for next-day & same-day printing and production. The website is fully automated and will generate pricing when you add items to the cart. The best way to get pricing is to add all items to your cart and "proceed to checkout" to update your zip code for shipping & turnaround options for grand total pricing.

How do I upload Artwork?

You will need to place the minimum order and fully complete the transaction. Once the order has been placed, you will be directed to the Upload Artwork page. From there, you will be able to upload your artwork and view the pre-proof. 

In proofing, you can scale, stretch, and adjust the file to fit if any scaling is needed. If everything looks great, go ahead and send your artwork to print, and production will begin. You can remove and upload as many times as you like; production will not start until you approve the proofs.

What are the best or acceptable file formats for the best results?

File types accepted: Photoshop (PSD, TIFF, EPS, PDF, JPEG, PNG, SVG) Illustrator (AI, PDF, with all fonts outlined) Any other graphic program capable of creating a PDF, TIFF, EPS, JPEG, PNG, SVG file. Our preferred file format is a Print-ready Vector PDF set up in CMYK with bleed.

What if I need help with a design?

Great question! We now offer a FREE ONLINE DESIGN TOOL; it's very easy to use, and it will allow you to upload designs and create vector files that print flawlessly. As an additional option, we do have an in-house graphics team that can help create the design of your dream. Start a chat or email with the details of your requests to schedule a phone call to go over pricing and the final details.


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