Expanded PVC

Expanded PVC is Widely Used For:

  • Printable—digital and screen
  • Signage, point-of-purchase (POP) displays
  • Exhibits and kiosks
  • Photo mounting
  • Display boards
  • Wood replacement
  • Prototypes
  • Shelves and fixtures

Performance Characteristics:

  • Rigid, lightweight but durable
  • Easy to machine, fabricate, and thermoform
  • Die-cuttable
  • Moisture resistant
  • Accepts inks, paints, and pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) materials
  • UL 94 V-O

Common Brands:

  • Celtec®
  • Sintra®
  • InteCel®

Expanded PVC

Lightweight, durable, moderately expanded closed cell sheet material

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. Expanded PVC, available in a wide variety of colors, is a good substrate for digital and screen printing, painting, laminating, vinyl lettering, and forming projects.

Did You Know? Expanded PVC can be sawed, drilled, bent, edge finished, and fabricated using ordinary tools.

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EXP PVC SHEET Dimensions:
48 in x 96 in – 60 in x 120 in
1 mm – 38 mm
48 in x 96 in – 48 in x 120 in
10 mm – 19 mm
COLOR Expanded PVC Sheet:
White, Black, Red, Green, Gray, Stone, Yellow, Blue, Beige, Bright White, Light Gray, Dark Red, Bright Yellow, Dark Green, Dark Blue

C-TEK® Rideboard™ Sheet:
Texture, Surface, Pattern Satin/Smooth
GRADES Digital Print Grade

Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size, by manufacturer, brand, and grade. Custom sizes and colors available upon request.​

Expanded PVC Properties and Material Options

Celtec® 700 and 550– offer a combination of features making them ideal for commercial signage and other applications. Sheets are tough, high strength and lightweight, and can be ordered in a wide range of sizes, thicknesses and colors. Celtec® 700 expanded PVC sheets are free of lead, cadmium, barium and zinc and have passed all three UL 1975 requirements. Celtec® 550 is perfect for outdoor house trim applications such as soffits, fascias, battens and door pilasters. For indoor house finishing applications, Celtec® 550 is ideally suited for all window trim, door jambs and stops, sills, sashes, crown molding, baseboard, chair rail and more. It can also be used to fabricate complete assemblies such as kitchen wall and base cabinets, vanities, doors and windows.

Sintra®– is lightweight yet rigid, durable, chemically resistant, and offers superior dent and scratch resistance with a low-gloss matte finish. Sintra® is easily formed into just about any shape using wood and foam board fabrication techniques. It is self extinguishing, UL 94 V-0, UL 94 5-V, and Class 1 or Class A (ASTM E84) in gauges of 3mm or less. Sintra® is perfect for POP displays, exhibits, kiosks, framing, and interior and exterior signage. It can be digitally and screen printed, painted, saw cut, routed, die cut, and mounted utilizing cold mounting techniques.

Wood ReplacementC-TEK® Rideboard™– is a variation of foamed board with added density and stability. It can be cut, machined, nailed, glued, and screwed just like wood. C-TEK® Rideboard™ is manufactured using a combination of expanded PVC and wood flour. This combination offers greater stability and a denser composition to the PVC sheet which provides for greater "pull-out" strength when using fasteners. A wood-grain emboss can be added, please contact us.

Assembly & Bonds– Expanded PVC has excellent fastening characteristics such as superior screw & staple retention, making it easy to work with. Use Plexus® MA300, a fast-setting methacrylate adhesive, to create stronger bonds than the Expanded PVC itself.

Tech Tip– Celtec® PVC products are free of lead and heavy metal, so they are safe to have around consumables, perishables, and are not harmful to the environment.

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Typical properties of EXPANDED PVC
Density g/cm3 D792 0.58
Water absorption % D570 0.15 - 0.30
Hunter whiteness index     85
Surface energy Dyne   38
Hardness Shore D D2240 55
Tensile strength psi D638 1,975 - 2,900
Flexural strength psi D790 3,755
Flexural modulus psi D790 165,000
Screw hold psi D1761 17.0 - 300
Izod impact ft-lb/in D256 0.69
Heat deflection temp (264 psi) °F D648 181
Coefficient of linear expansion in/in/°F D696 2.3 X 10-5
Vicat softening point °F D1525 168
Thermal resistance R (0.5" thick) R C518 0.948
Flame spread index   E84 Class A
Vertical burn test   UL 94 V-0
Fire foam test   UL 1975 Passed / Classified
Oil canning (@140) °F D648 Passed
Dielectric strength kV/cm D194 72
      FDA, RoHS

* Information applies to 3 mm – 12 mm material

Values may vary according to brand name. Please ask your Curbell Plastics representative for more specific information about an individual brand.

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