UV STABILIZER AND COLOR STABILITY OF KING STARBOARD®, KING STARBOARD® AS, KING STARBOARD® ST, KING COLORCORE® AND KING COLORBOARD® PRODUCTS

The purpose of this memorandum is to address some general questions concerning the life span of our “King StarBoard®, King StarBoard® AS, King StarBoard® ST, King ColorCore® and King ColorBoard®” products. The use of special polymers and additives in these products yield the very best combination of appearance, toughness, rigidity, chemical resistance, environmental stress crack performance and overall longevity to our products.

One of the most common questions asked is, “ How long will “King StarBoard®, King StarBoard® AS, King StarBoard® ST, King ColorCore® or King ColorBoard®” last?” This inquiry probably should be broken down into two questions: (1) How long will the color hold up before fading? and (2) How long will the polymer retain its physical properties? Unfortunately, due to the many variables that affect these outcomes, such as product color, thickness, application, or climate it is impossible to give definite answers. In the following paragraphs, we will explain why and what you should be able to expect from our products.

In order to answer the first question as to how long the color will last before fading, it should first be understood that the color stability of a product is primarily dependent on the type, quality and color of the pigment used (not the UV stabilizers used). The only impact that a UV stabilizer has upon the color stability of a product is that by protecting the base material from degradation, it helps maintain color. That being said, King Plastic Corporation uses the finest color pigments available for applications of long term outdoor exposure. All of our standard colors use pigments that are FDA approved (heavy metal free) as are our UV Stabilizers. Each color we offer will perform with a slight difference from each other in regard to color stability. It is impossible to determine exactly how long any given color will “last”, due to the many variables affecting each application use.

We continually monitor the color stability of our products by testing samples at our plant utilizing a QUV weather accelerator. These accelerated weather tests are quite long in nature and the results are checked at three, six, nine and twelve month intervals.
By performing these tests on an ongoing basis, we can determine how a new color is going to hold up when compared to other established colors.
The second question, as to the length of time the polymer can retain its physical properties is the reason why UV stabilizer additives are used. The sole purpose of the
UV stabilizer is to bond molecularly with the base polymer and prevent the polymers molecular chains from breaking down due to UV exposure. The type and amount of UV stabilizers used and the amount of UV exposure are the main variables that affect polymer life. As with our pigments, King Plastic Corporation uses only the finest UV stabilizers available.

King Plastic Corporation also randomly sends samples of our products to independent labs for UV content analysis. This testing procedure is performed to ensure correct loadings of the UV additives. Without exception, every one of these tests has shown having the correct amount of UV stabilizer present. As stated before, due to the many variables beyond our control, it is impossible to give an exact life expectancy. Based upon the information available from our suppliers and from our many years experience in producing these products, we feel eight to ten years should be a conservative figure.

We do not publish copies of the test results mentioned above, because they contain information about our products that are proprietary. Please be assured that we are using the finest products available to us and that King Plastic Corporation is committed to monitoring our products to ensure that you receive the finest quality material on the market.

UPGRADE TO KING FLAMESHIELD FOR ASTM E-84 CLASS A OR CLASS B FLAME COMPLIANCE AND CAN/ULC-S102 FOR CANADIAN COMPLIANCE

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Upgrade to King FlameShield ASTM E-84 Class A or Class B Flame Compliance and CAN/ULC-S102 for Canadian Compliance.

The upgrade is available for select King Plastic Products and is used in a broad range of product applications from marine components to indoor/outdoor cabinetry, structures, bathroom partitions, healthcare facilities and furnishings.

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Class A Interior Finish:

Flame Spread Index 0-25, Smoke Developed Index 0-450. Includes any material classified at 25 or less on the flame spread test scale and 450 or less on the smoke developed test scale. Any element thereof when so tested shall not continue to propagate fire.

Class B Interior Finish:
Flame Spread Index 26-75, Smoke Developed Index 0-450. Includes any material classified at 25 but not more than 76 on the flame spread test scale and 450 or less on the smoke developed test scale.

ELITE OUTDOOR KITCHENS

Elite Outdoor Kitchens and Design is a company that creates, designs and installs outdoor cabinets and products using the best alternative to wood, King StarBoard® ST.   It is a marine-grade polymer that has been used in the manufacturing of cabinets on yachts and cruise ships for over 50 years.  King StarBoard ST is produced locally in North Port, FL.  King StarBoard ST allows Elite Outdoor Kitchens the flexibility to do almost anything that can be done with wood.  The application possibilities of KingStarBoard ST ranges from cabinetry, to furniture, planters and storage units.

King StarBoard ST makes it possible for companies such as Elite Outdoor Kitchens and Designs, to build the most environmentally friendly and durable line of outdoor products.

BOAT OUTFITTERS

The Marine Industry’s Plastic Transformation

By Boat Outfitters
As most of you are probably aware, our parent company is ironically named Teak Isle Mfg. With the introduction of marine grade plastics in the early 90’s, specifically King Starboard®, the marine industry underwent a dramatic shift away from wood component parts towards plastic component parts.

In 1990, 90%+ of Teak Isle’s fabricated parts were composed of Wood. By 1995, 90%+ were plastic. The first and obvious answer is durability. King Starboard® will last the lifetime of your boat with essentially zero maintenance. Teak requires regular oiling to keep the wood from discoloring and breaking down.

King Starboard® is a UV stabilized homogeneous sheet that will never discolor or require any oiling or refinishing. King Starboard® is easily fabricated using standard woodworking materials and for the most part works just like wood.

The advantage when working with Starboard is that the sheets are perfectly consistent. You do not have to accommodate for grain direction, color inconsistencies, and knots in the wood. You also are not limited by board width and therefore you avoid gluing up boards to create wider products.We stock over 10 different colors of King Starboard®. Largely these are different shades of white to match gel coat colors and give boats a clean flush look.

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When King Starboard® was first introduced it was very comparable in cost to teak wood. Now, because of environmental restrictions as well as new political restrictions in Burma (which accounts for nearly 1/3 of the world’s total teak production), Teak prices have skyrocketed.

CUSTOM HOME BUILDER RECOMMENDS KING STARBOARD® ST

Being a custom home builder of waterfront homes for over twenty years, we are constantly trying to come up with products that will withstand the elements better for our outdoor kitchens.  I have tried all types of wood and plywood and have since determined that King Starboard ST will withstand the elements and is far superior to any other material I have tried.  You can use this material for all your outdoor cabinetry needs with the utmost of confidence.  Your callbacks will be over.

Gary Graber, President
GNG Construction, Inc.

NEW ARTISTIC ASPECTS OF KING STARBOARD®

Michael Servet, a sculptor in the Washington D.C. area, is producing sculptural art forms using King StarBoard®, hardwoods and a variety of other materials.

Here are a few of his many creations using King StarBoard® and King StarBoard® ST.

art Arabesque 1 and 2 Commissioned by US Embasy in Dubai by Michael Enn Sirvet. Made with King StarBoard® ST Dolphin Gray, Sanshade and Black Outdoor Wall Panels by Michael Enn Sirvet Made with King StarBoard® ST Mocha Brown

KING PLASTIC CORPORATION OPENS NEW WEST COAST DISTRIBUTION CENTER

MEDFORD, Ore., April 19, 2011 — King Plastic Corporation, worldwide supplier of polymer sheet, slab and massive shape products in a broad range of materials, has opened a new warehouse facility in Medford, OR, to better service its commercial customers in the western United States.

“The new warehouse lets us take advantage of our ability to deliver products quicker to customers in western states. Now we can reduce both freight costs and shipping times, while providing our commercial customers more immediate access to our products,” said Jeff King, president of King Plastic Corp.

“Storing products and palletizing inventory in Medford, Oregon will allows us to provide next-day service – if not same day service – which will be a great benefit to our west coast customers,” added manager, Steven King.

All orders will still be placed through our corporate office in North Port, FL  34288.

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About King Plastic Corporation
Founded in 1968, King Plastic Corporation is a leading manufacturer of quality polymer sheets, slabs and massive shapes—including several products pioneered by the company. Its polymers are sold worldwide through a network of top plastics distributors to customers who fabricate products for the marine industry (King StarBoard® brand), signage, food service, neutron shielding, construction, industrial and other applications. The company headquarters is a state-of-the-art, 150,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in North Port, Florida. Visit www.kingplastic.com for more information.

KING PLASTIC POLYMER SHEETS WORK LIKE WOOD

This video will demonstrate the ease of working with King Plastic polymer sheets. From cutting to routing, welding, bending, fasteners and cleaning, this video tells the whole story.

GOING GREEN WITH KING PLASTIC POLYMER SHEETS

green in every color logoWhen producing our products, King Plastic uses processes that are non-polluting and conserve energy and natural resources, making it economically sound and safe for employees, communities and consumers. The polymers are completely recyclable and left over materials are recycled back into our products. When cutting or fabricating, there is no harmful dust, but instead small shavings that are recyclable. It contains no known harmful substances, including carcinogens or toxins. Off-gassing does not occur when the sheets are cut and fabricated. It is not necessary to use acids or harsh chemicals for finishing, cleaning, or maintenance. The outstanding durability of products made using our sheets maximizes product life cycles thus reducing the overall impact on our environment.

King Colorfast Environmentally Friendly Polymer Sheets

King’s polymer sheets stand up to thousands of uses and keep your bright ideas looking bright for years.  King ColorCore® and King ColorBoard® polymer sheets are the versatile, durable and colorfast to provide that competitive edge in your business you’re looking for. Both polymer brands are UV stabilized and waterproof for a lifetime of worry-free use in harsh outdoor environments. King ColorCore® and King ColorBoard® are also available in several gauges and a variety of matched colors. King ColorCore® unique PolyFusion™ process is a state-of-the-art technology that fuses contrasting layers of colors into a single homogeneous sheet. It is ideal for engraving to make indoor and outdoor signs, as a building sheet for playgrounds, and other recreational and industrial applications.

Using King products may qualify you for LEED Green building rate points.

For additional information, details and technical information please call King Plastic Corporation at 941-493-5502 or send us an email.

SUPPORT TECHNIQUES FOR KING STARBOARD®

Does King StarBoard® require support when bearing a load?

The King StarBoard® Family of Marine Grade Polymers are strong, but they are not a structural material. When using these products, they must be supported by a load bearing framework.

Use King StarBoard® itself to brace your work.

A reinforcing rib of King StarBoard® can be attached under a spanning application such as a shelf or seat to add the necessary stiffness.

How can I add stiffness to my project?

To add stiffness to a King StarBoard® step tread or canoe seat, cut grooves under the King StarBoard® and install a U channel support brace.

Reinforcing pads of King StarBoard® can be attached under a spanning applications such as a swim platform to add the necessary stiffness.

To add stiffness to a King StarBoard® hatch or table, install reinforcing ribs on the bottom.

Is there any way to reverse sheet “pinking” or discoloration?

Reversing Sheet “Pinking” or Discoloration

Pinking, yellowing, discoloring, and gas fading are different names that describe color changes in polyethylene. The condition is strictly cosmetic and does not adversely affect the physical properties of the material. To reverse and remove the pinking condition, expose the material to U.V. for approximately 40 minutes. See Pinking Bulletin for details and prevention instructions.

ELITE OUTDOOR KITCHENS USES KING STARBOARD® ST

By Jennifer Briggs

The Ultimate Experience in Outdoor Living!

Being outdoors is part of our lifestyle, and what better way to spend a relaxing weekend than having hors d’oeuvres or barbeque made in a beautiful kitchen on your outside patio! “Elite Outdoor Kitchens and Design can create this outdoor experience and lifestyle for you,” says Rita Pogany, co-owner of the company for the last four years. (more…)