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Map Materials & Finish Types





There are a variety of options to choose from when selecting your travel map with pins, but how do you know which is best for you?

This page will give you a brief overview of our production materials and describe the differences between our map finish types so that you can easily select the map that's perfect for you.

There are a variety of options to choose from when selecting your map, but how do you know which is best for you?

This page will give you a brief overview of our production materials and describe the differences between our map finish types so that you can easily select the map that's perfect for you.


What is Gatorboard?


Gatorboard
Gatorboard

Gatorboard is a high-quality foam board that sandwiches a foam core interior with sturdier boards that are designed to last decades. While foam core will curl, especially in humid climates, Gatorboard will not. Map pins also stay in Gatorboard better. With light-weight foam core, the map pins may fall out over time. We selected Gatorboard for our material to provide a higher quality map that's designed to last you a lifetime.

Gatorboard is a high-quality foam board that sandwiches a foam core interior with sturdier boards that are designed to last decades. While foam core will curl, especially in humid climates, Gatorboard will not. Map pins also stay in Gatorboard better. With light-weight foam core, the map pins may fall out over time. We selected Gatorboard for our material to provide a higher quality map that's designed to last you a lifetime. 


How are the maps mounted on Gatorboard?


Gatorboard Mounted Map
Gatorboard Mounted Map

We use a 500 pound roller to pressurize the map into the board. The Gatorboard is run through our professional mounting roller twice. First, to apply a double-sided adhesive (a high-end elastic tape that is as wide as the Gatorboard). The second, the rolling press is used to roll and adhere the map to the Gatorboard.

The result: an impressive map that's smooth and embedded with the texture of the Gatorboard.

We use a 500 pound roller to pressurize the map into the board. The Gatorboard is run through our professional mounting roller twice. First, to apply a double-sided adhesive (a high-end elastic tape that is as wide as the Gatorboard).  The second, the rolling press is used to roll and adhere the map to the Gatorboard.

The result: an impressive map that's smooth and embedded with the texture of the Gatorboard.


What is a wrapped Gatorboard?


Wrapped Gatorboard
Wrapped Gatorboard

We print the map on canvas and wrap the map around the Gatorboard so the sides of the map are finished. The map can be hung without a frame. All of our wrapped Gatorboards include 2 Command Strips to hang the map. The width of the wrapped Gatorboard is approximately ¼ inch.

The result: a light-weight map that's durable and easy to take on and off the wall. This format is perfect for RV travel maps. The map can be placed on a table to work with and hung on a wall to feature your travels.  

Hanging Weight:

36x24 inch = 3 lbs.

30x20 inch = 2.5 lbs.

24x18 inch = 1.8 lbs.

We print the map on canvas and wrap the map around the Gatorboard so the sides of the map are finished. The map can be hung without a frame.  All of our wrapped Gatorboards include 2 Command Strips to hang the map. The width of the wrapped Gatorboard is approximately ¼ inch.

The result: a light-weight map that's durable and easy to take on and off the wall. This format is perfect for RV travel maps. The map can be placed on a table to work with and hung on a wall to feature your travels.   


Hanging Weight:

36x24 inch = 3 lbs.

30x20 inch = 2.5 lbs.

24x18 inch =  1.8 lbs.


What is a Framed Push Pin Map?


Framed Push Pin Map
Framed Push Pin Map

Our Framed Push Pin Maps are printed on photo-satin paper. The paper is professional mounted to Gatorboard - ideal for map pins, durability, and longevity. The push pin map is then rolled through a huge press to make a superior bond to the pin board. The push pin map is then framed with a frame of your choice.

The result: a formal display of the map that you can feature in your home or business.

Our Framed Push Pin Maps are printed on photo-satin paper. The paper is professional mounted to Gatorboard - ideal for map pins, durability, and longevity. The push pin map is then rolled through a huge press to make a superior bond to the pin board. The push pin map is then framed with a frame of your choice.

The result: a formal display of the map that you can feature in your home or business.


What is a Framed Canvas Map?


Framed Canvas Map
Framed Canvas Map

Our Framed Canvas Maps are printed on a cotton blend canvas using premium inks. The canvas is mounted on Gatorboard - ideal for map pins, durability, and longevity. The map is then framed with an exterior frame of your choice.

The result: a formal display of the map that you can feature in your home or business.

Our Framed Canvas Maps are printed on a cotton blend canvas using premium inks. The canvas is mounted on Gatorboard - ideal for map pins, durability, and longevity. The map is then framed with an exterior frame of your choice.  

The result: a formal display of the map that you can feature in your home or business.


What is a Gallery Canvas Wrap Map?


Canvas Map
Gallery Wrap Canvas Map

Our Canvas Gallery Wrap Maps feature a hidden frame. The canvas wraps around the interior frame. We use premium canvas and archival inks that are designed to last a lifetime. The canvas is mounted on Gatorboard - ideal for map pins, durability, and longevity. The canvas is then wrapped around a sturdy hand-crafted 1+1/2 inch deep hidden frame. The map is ready to hang with coated wire.

Canvas Wrap bonus - the map wraps fully to the back revealing more of the world.

The result: a museum quality display of the map.  

Our Canvas Gallery Wrap Maps feature a hidden frame. The canvas wraps around the interior frame. We use premium canvas and archival inks that are designed to last a lifetime. The canvas is mounted on Gatorboard - ideal for map pins, durability, and longevity. The canvas is then wrapped around a sturdy hand-crafted 1+1/2 inch deep hidden frame. The map is ready to hang with coated wire.

Canvas Wrap bonus - the map wraps fully to the back revealing more of the world.


The result: a museum quality display of the map.   


Frame Options



You can select between various framing options when designing your map. If you want to preview a specific frame with your map, click here.

You can select between various framing options when designing your map. If you want to preview a specific frame with your map, click here.



Now that you're an expert on map materials and finishes, you can head over to our catalog of World Travel Maps or US Travel Maps and begin searching for your perfect map.

Now that you're an expert on map materials and finishes, you can head over to our map catalog and begin searching for your perfect map.

Still have questions? You can send us a message through our contact page and we'll respond to you shortly.  

Still have questions? You can send us a message through our contact page and we'll respond to you shortly.