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LJ foamboard vs. others?

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by Andrew Lenz Jr., Mar 22, 2019.

  1. Andrew Lenz Jr.

    Andrew Lenz Jr. MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Has anyone tried the Larson-Juhl branded foamboard versus other brands—Bainbridge, Elmer's, whoever?

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  2. DSR7

    DSR7 True Grumbler

    We used a lot of LJ's AF foamboard before the recent change. It was comparable to Encore and Brainbridge at a much better price point. However, the "new and improved" version of LJ's board feels very cheap. Won't cut cleanly without the sharpest of blades and is exceptionally easy to dent. Hard pass now.
  3. Kyle Henson

    Kyle Henson CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    What he said. The old was good. The new is practically unusable. I'm doubling up sheets for use. Will not order again.
  4. Mike Drury

    Mike Drury CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    My findings are the same as those above. Mike
  5. Ruby

    Ruby True Grumbler

    I'm glad a question was posted on this subject. I had been getting LJ AF FB for quite a while and the price is quite low compared to other brands but now it feels spongier. I might contact my LJ rep and ask how they have changed the board (and I think the price may have been lowered at the same time...?) What is different about the material now compared to before and how will that hold up? Clearly longevity is a goal of framing and I wonder about the durability and lasting power of this board and if I should avoid it now... o_O
  6. alacrity8

    alacrity8 MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I had tried one box before the change, and it was super flexible and dentable.
    I must have gotten a different batch from everyone else.
    The sample I got of the new stuff seems good, but sounds like I should stay away.
  7. Frame Lady

    Frame Lady CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    on the QT, I found out the new switch over was made in China, conversion was way below expectations, so they went back to Bainbridge to make their foam core but will keep pricing as stated.

    MATTHEW HALE CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    seems we've had a different experience form most of you. the new stuff we're getting from LJ is working out nicely. it's flat out of the box, the edges are straight, and it cuts beautifully. Also, you can tell the difference between 1/8" and 1/4" easily. Some of that other stuff was a little squishy and vague when it came to thickness.
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  9. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I also must be getting a different product. I like the LJ foam board, it cuts nicely and it is well priced. I tried it in the drymount press and it does squish down more than the other boards but it is still acceptable.
  10. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I find the new LJ AFFC to be puffier and softer than their older version, plus it seems the sheets are not cut square.
    :cool: Rick
  11. Ruby

    Ruby True Grumbler

    I told our LJ rep that I have been finding the LJ acid free foamboard to be spongier than before. Also when I shoot points to fit up, they are more likely to break the surface of the foam board rather than laying on the surface to hold the contents in the frame. I said that I find this to be a detriment. He told me that they changed their LJ foamboard manufacturers in the fall of 2018 as they thought the quality would be better. Unfortunately, they have had some quality issues with the new manufacture which they are addressing. Some of the issues are what I had mentioned to him. At this point they are looking at options, including using another supplier. They are still selling the LJ branded foam, but there is also the option of purchasing the Bainbridge regular and acid free foam from them as well.

    And that is the scoop, best I can tell! :)
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