Working with corrugated plastic and Correx boards
March 16, 2014 · Print This Article
Corrugated plastic products, such as Correx boards, are used in a variety of applications including boat building, packaging, signage, outdoor advertising, and the production of pet cages and so on. But how do you use this material? Read on to find out more.
How you can work with Correx boards?
The following are the ways in which you can work with this material:
- Gluing: For the same reason as above, Correx boards do not naturally accept glues and paints. Specialized hot melts and polyurethane construction adhesives have been recommended for use in this case.
- Cutting: As corrugated plastic an easy material to cut, a simple utility knife can do the job for you, however, sign makers and hardware stores do sell commercial cutters too. It is recommended to cut along the product’s flutes.
- Taping: Polypropylene, the major ingredient of a Correx board, is highly resistant to adhesives and glues. However, manufacturers treat the material with a number of special additives or use heat to change its surface, thereby modifying it to accept glue and tapes.
- Drilling: A regular drill will work well on Correx boards but it is recommended that you use a hollow core paper drill for a tidier result. For the thinner boards, unit-drills also do a perfect job! Some boards are so thin that a regular hole punch will give you the desired result.
- Screws and bolts: Nuts and bolts can be used on Correx boards as long as they are accompanied by washers for load distribution.
- Welding: As a Correx board is a thermoplastic, it can easily be heat-welded by hot or ultra-sonic air.