Design Board® comes in convenient densities – 10, 15, and 18 pcf (pounds per cubic foot) Your choice of density is determined by the desired surface quality and strength. While all Design Board® has fine, consistent cell structure, the 18 pcf has the best surface for smoothness and is the strongest.
Design Board® has a very high strength to weight ratio and is an excellent substitute for wood, aluminum, wax, or steel. Design Board® machines easily with conventional woodworking and carving chisels. It is non-corrosive, non-abrasive and low dust-generating when machined. HDU is water resistant and is not affected by mold or mildew.
Design Board® can be painted. Depending on the desired result, some surface filling may be required. Spackling pastes are ideal for filling and sanding to achieve an extra smooth finish. Design Board® is compatible with most water-based and solvent-based paints. While polyurethane foam is resistant to most solvents, it is not resistant to chlorinated solvents.