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PALIGHT ProjectPVC

Lightweight rigid sheet for Crafts, Modeling, DIY, Cosplay & Maker Projects

PALIGHT ProjectPVC is the perfect substrate for craft, modeling, cosplay and maker projects. Available in bright white or bold colors, ProjectPVC helps bring all types of projects to life. It’s rigid, yet lightweight, easy to cut, and to fabricate. It's an excellent substrate for hobbies, crafts, modeling, maker projects, and decorative interior home improvement projects.

ProjectPVC sheet offers more rigidity and durability than typical craftboard or foamboard, plus it's waterproof. Similar to working with a soft wood like pine or balsa wood, ProjectPVC is fabricated using conventional tools, such as blades, saws, and drills. ProjectPVC can be glued with adhesives approved for use with PVC (or, more generally, plastics). A variety of sizes are available that are easy to ship via residential courier.

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Some of Our Favorite Project Examples
Here are just a few examples of how foam PVC can be used. Also see "Other Information" 
Photo of ProjectPVC Projects, such as arts & craft, cosplay, modeling, maker and dollhouse projects.Photo of ProjectPVC Projects, such as arts & craft, cosplay, modeling, maker and dollhouse projects.Photo of ProjectPVC Projects, such as arts & craft, cosplay, modeling, maker and dollhouse projects.Photo of ProjectPVC Projects, such as arts & craft, cosplay, modeling, maker and dollhouse projects.
 
 

Main Benefits
  • Available in a range of thicknesses and sizes conducive to DIY, modeling, and maker projects
  • Lightweight and versatile, similar to balsa wood or pine
  • Similar to working with wood–minimal learning curve
  • Easily worked with conventional tools
  • Formable using heat (use caution; see fabrication guide) 
  • Waterproof and resistant to most chemicals
  • Bright white and bold colors available (unlike typical "foamboard," colors are solid to the core)
  • Consistent, smooth matte surface
  • Can be painted, or cn be adorned with spray-mounted printed sheets of paper, or adhesive labels
Typical Applications
  • Models
  • Maker projects
  • Crafts
  • Interior decoration
  • Cosplay projects
  • Dollhouses
  • Robot chassis parts
  • Toys
  • Puzzles
  • School projects
Other InformationHere are some links to some awesome project sites:

RENNAgade Cosplay Renna began cosplaying in early 2013. She strives for perfection in all she does, but only if it means having fun along the way.
RENNAgade Cosplay Tutorial VideoWhen she's not desperately working on her own costumes, she loves making tutorial videos for others. Her "Tips for working with PVC" tutorial video is one of our favorites.


DAVID NEAT bills himself as "a maker and a teacher or making." After reviewing his blog, we wholeheartedly agree. This guy's got mad skills. We hope to work with David in the furture to develop additional how-to pages on his site. Check it out.

DUANE DEGN blurs the lines between a "maker" and a "pro." He's got a passion for robotics and foam PVC allows him to build projects that are on the top-shelf of the maker category. Check it out.
How should I store packed sheets?
Store in a protected, shaded, ventilated site, with no direct exposure to sunlight and winds. In outdoor temporary storage cover with opaque protective film, and avoid PVC films and heat-absorbing materials. Please note: Surface protective films that cover sheets are highly sensitive to heat and direct sunlight. Excessive heat and direct sunlight before taking off the film can cause that film to bond the sheet surface, after which it will not be practically possible to remove it from the sheet!
Why are there polyethylene films on certain sheets and should I peel it off?
The surface films in certain sheets, like Sunlite and Palsun sheets, are needed for protection against dirt and scratching, and also used to carry important information to the installer and final customer. The indication of the UV protected side that should be installed facing outwards is extremely important.It is recommended to peel off the protective films only after installation. In case this will not be feasible and the film will be peeled off before laying the sheets, it must be remembered to at least mark the UV protected surface, so that the sheet will not be installed inside out.

Note: wrong installation damages are not covered by Palram.Please also note: Surface protective films that cover sheets are highly sensitive to heat and direct sunlight. Excessive heat and direct sunlight before taking off the film can cause gluing of that film to the sheet surface, after which it will not be practically possible to remove it from the sheet!
Can the sheets be curved?
Yes. Sheets can be cold-curved and serve in arched shapes, provided the relevant Palram specifications for minimum radius in cold curving are followed. These specifications can be found in the Installation Instructions of the relevant sheets.

Solid sheets can be cold-curved in any direction.

Corrugated sheets can be arched so that the corrugations themselves are curved (lengthwise).

Multi-wall sheets can be arched so that the actual ribs will be curved (lengthwise).

Curving is not recommended across the ribs direction.
If polycarbonate sheets block UV radiation, why is there a ‘UV side’ to face outwards?
Polycarbonate (PC) inherently blocks UV radiation by absorbing it and not allowing it to pass through the panel. However, the absorption of UV also degrades polycarbonate, therefore, the sheet(s) has to be protected against UV radiation. Most Palram PC products feature a very thin co-extruded layer of UV-resistant PC resins that protect the entire sheet from UV radiation. In most cases, UV protection is applied to one side, however, two-sided UV protection is available for select products. 

In order to ensure the protection of single-sides UV protected sheets, they must be installed with the marked UV protective layer facing out toward the sun. Although sheet products can also be UV protected on both sides, most of the sheets are protected on one side that is marked clearly.
Can I recycle my old polycarbonate or PVC panels?
Palram's Polycarbonate and PVC sheet products are recyclable. Many cities and towns have recycling programs that include curbside pick-up. If so, Polycarbonate products such as SUNTUF, SUNLITE, PALSUN, DYNAGLAS, or THERMAGLAS should be marked "Plastic #7" prior to recycling. PVC products such as PALRUF, AG-TUF, PALOPAQUE, PALCLEAR, or PALIGHT, should be marked "Plastic #3".

If local recycling is not available, other resources are available:
For PVC products, visit the Vinyl Institute's Recycling Provider Database:
http://www.vinylinfo.org/Recycling/VinylRecyclingDirectory.aspx
For polycarbonate products, visit The Association of Post Consumer Plastic Recyclers site and download their materials buyers and seller's list:
http://www.plasticsrecycling.org?
PALIGHT ProjectPVC
By: RENNAgade Cosplay
Character: Titania
Source: Fire Emblem-- Radiant Dawn
Date Created: Summer 2016
Debut Event: Nan Kan 2016
Competition/Casual: Competition
Awards won: Best Overall Master (NDK)

Watch RENNAgade Cosplay's inspiring "Tips for working with PVC Sheets" video from her Facebook page, or on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/a-unDVWhucs.

Photos courtesy of RENNAgade Cosplay and Shutter Crazy Photo
PALIGHT ProjectPVC
David Neat is an author and educator in the field of modeling, making, theater design and more. He stumbled across Palight foam PVC sheet products a while back and fell in love with how easily they could be fabricated, yet how they still held the right amount of rigitity for his projects. What he's done with our products amazes even us. See his web site.
PALIGHT ProjectPVC
Create beautiful models, such as doll houses, using Palight ProjectPVC.
PALIGHT ProjectPVC
Duane Degn found foam PVC to be the perfect substrate for building his small robots. We're happy to report that Duane will be building some new projects with Palight ProjectPVC. Stay tuned!