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The Unique Attributes Of King ColorCore®

Revolutionizing Design

If you're looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind polymer sheet, King ColorCore® is one option. Known for its bright colors, ColorCore is commonly found in children's furniture and carnival games. But, this unique polymer mix has some additional advantages.

Below, you'll learn more about this powerful polymer, why you should consider it, how to customize it, and how it compares to other alternatives.

What is King ColorCore?

King ColorCore is a unique and vibrant plastic-laminate material. It uses a poly-fusion (fusion by heating two plastics) to create rich colors.

Below are some benefits of King ColorCore:

Benefits and Advantages:

  • Vibrant colors and engraving capabilities: King ColorCore is known for its vibrant colors, making it "pop" compared to other plastics. The polyfusion process creates multiple layers of color, making it ideal if you want to engrave letters or shapes.
  • Ease of fabrication and machining: As a sturdy material ideal for engraving, it also is easily machined. This makes King ColorCore an excellent material for molding into whatever shape you once with relative ease.
  • High-impact resistance and durability: King ColorCore is an HDPE(high-density polyethylene) material despite being easy to machine and engrave. This makes it resistant to most impacts and durable over the long term. It can be upgraded into King FlameShield for ASTM E-84 Class A or B Flame Compliance.
  • Resistance to warping, rot, and delamination: King ColorCore is naturally resistant to the elements, including moisture, warping, cracking, and rotting. It can also be upgraded to King MicroShield, which protects algae, bacteria, and fungi.

Applications of King ColorCore

With its list of benefits, King ColorCore is helpful in various applications. Below is a short list.

  • Signage and wayfinding:  The vibrant coloration, easy etching, and above-average durability make ColorCore ideal for creating signs and directions.
  • Furniture and tables: With the potential for bright colors, King ColorCore is a popular choice in furniture, especially for children.
  • Playground and recreational equipment: Because of the long-lasting nature and easy machining of ColorCore, it's great for creating playground equipment. Some enhancements can also help reduce bacteria, which is important in playground equipment.
  • Point-of-Purchase (POP) displays: Bright, colored plastic allows POS (point of sale) displays to stick out, making ColorCore a great choice.

King ColorCore can also be found in some marine applications and architectural features. While it's not the most durable plastic on the market, it's a step above other plastics and competing materials.

King ColorCore: Standard Sizes, Colors, and Customization Options

King ColorCore comes in various sizes and colors. It all depends on what you need.

If you order it outright from Piedmont Plastics, the panels' thickness varies from 1/4" to 3/4". These thicknesses are readily available at the following width and length combinations:

  • 11 x 36"
  • 12 x 12"
  • 12 x 24"
  • 12 x 36"
  • 12 x 48"
  • 24 x 24"
  • 24 x 36"
  • 24 x 38"

You can also request a custom width and length for unique applications.

King ColorCore also comes in a variety of different color combinations. Due to the nature of poly-fusion, these sheets come in two to three colors. These colors combine dull and vibrant colors, creating an excellent contrast.

Here are the colors you might see:

  • Green
  • Tan
  • Red
  • Black
  • White
  • Blue
  • Brown

If you go to our King ColorCore sheet ordering page, you'll find these purchasing options available. For custom orders, click "custom quote" on the right side, and fill out the necessary details. Try to be as detailed as possible, as it helps our plastic experts out.

King ColorCore: Density, Tensile Strength, and Elongation Properties


The density of King ColorCore is 0.955 g/cc (grams per cubic centimeter), which qualifies it as HDPE. This means it's got great durability and qualifies as marine-grade plastic, making it potentially waterproof in some applications.

Tensile Strength

ColorCore has a tensile strength (at yield) greater than 4,100 psi (pounds per square inch), making it quite resistant. This means that if the pressure it receives exceeds 4,100 psi, it won't permanently deform the plastic.

The tensile impact of ColorCore is 115 ft.lbs./in.(2), which indicates it can take a fair bit of impact before it fractures. This makes it more durable than many plastics but not the most durable.

Elongation Properties

Regarding King ColorCore, its elongation at break is greater than 600, while the elongation at yield is 9.8. This means it deforms below average and takes much force to pull apart, which is good.

 The elongation test pulls apart the plastic, testing when it deforms (the "yield) and when it breaks (the "break"). This is important for determining the long-term durability of King ColorCore.

Comparing King ColorCore to Alternative Materials

When comparing King ColorCore to alternative materials, you must consider different criteria such as cost, strength, and more. Let's take a look at some of the differences between King ColorCore and other materials:

  • King MediGrade: A form of ColorCore that implements antimicrobial technology. This makes it ideal for medical environments, including hospital wall panels, nurse stations, and restrooms.
  • King Plasti-Shield: An effective shielding material from King with 5% boring. It's an HDPE great for medical vaults, nuclear reactors, and research applications.
  • King KPC HDPE: An HDPE known for high thickness and approval from the FDA, USDA, and FPA for food containers and equipment. It's ideal for skating rinks, livestock containment, and for use as machined parts.
  • Vycom Playboard: Another HDPE material that is similar in that the inside core and outside layer are different colors. It's protected against UV and ideal for playgrounds, metric boards, and signage as an alternative.
  • Polystone G: Another HDPE is known for its high impact resistance and tensile strength. This strong material is ideal for food cutting boards, heavy-duty tanks, and for use in boat accessories.
  • Polystone P: The alternative to Polystone P is known more for its corrosion resistance and easy fabrication. This makes it ideal for structural tanks, fire truck water tanks, and laboratory surfaces. 

Order King ColorCore from Piedmont Plastics

King ColorCore emerges as an exceptional polymer, distinguished not only by its vibrant coloration but also by its versatility and robust attributes. Whether for specialized projects or general use, this material is undeniably worthy of consideration. Contact Piedmont Plastics today to order your sheet, and take advantage of our local inventory, knowledgeable staff, and many value-added services.