King Starboard – The Ultimate Recreational Plastic

18 Jul

If there’s one plastic that I absolutely LUV it’s King Starboard, made by King Plastics out of Florida. As a hack woodworker and cabinet maker I have tools… lots and lots of tools… in fact my nephews gave me a portrait with the caption… Shawn “I Got A Tool For That” Chambers. King Starboard is that magic product that cuts and machines brilliantly with every tool I have in my personal arsenal to battle the evil honey-do list.

Rail & Style I Made From King Starboard
(I used Acrylite Crystal Ice for the pane insert)

Developed for the marine industry, King Starboard is a high density polyethylene (HDPE) that’s been modified to withstand the forces of nature – sun, wind-swept grit, and salt. Originally intended to replace teak and marine plywood (it doesn’t absorb any water and it floats!), I’m pretty sure its usefulness has transcended anything the original engineers ever envisioned. I’ve worked with hundreds of do-it-yourselfer’s who have rebuilt their entire boat interiors from galley cabinetry to head and the results are stunning – to the point where most of the major boat and yacht builders have accepted King Starboard as the material of the future – no maintenance, no polishing, no painting.


Cockpit Table Made From King Starboard

With lots of standard gel coat colours, King Starboard can be integrated into just about any make or model boat.

There’s a utility grade called King Starlite which is 30% lighter than it’s big brother, King Starboard. It’s filled with tiny air bubbles so it doesn’t finish well on the sides but its purpose really isn’t cosmetic. Its big advantage over King Starboard is that King Starlite will take a staple so it’s PERFECT for vinyl covered seat bottoms. King Starlite makes an excellent liner for the bottom of your Zodiac, too.

Now, Starboard won’t take paint and you can’t glue it – by nature, HDPE is resilient to chemicals so things don’t stick well to it. You have to mechanically fasten it down, but like HDPE cutting board, you can use silicone to adhere it to other surfaces BUT IT WON’T BE A STRUCTURAL SEAL meaning it will tear off but it’s good enough for a counter, seat, or table top.

Warehoused Plastic Sales carries the full line of King Starboard products so give us a call when you’re about to pursue your next project.

PS This is a SUPER PRODUCT for building outdoor furniture and cabinetry for your cottage or home deck, too!


Posted by on July 18, 2007 in Recreation


2 responses to “King Starboard – The Ultimate Recreational Plastic

  1. MorganLighter

    July 21, 2007 at 10:22 am

    What an interesting article on King Starboard. What caught my eye was the fact that paint won’t adhere to this product. Perhaps KS could apply this phenomena as a deterrent to graffiti? Just might have another niche market from which to increase sales. Thanks for the post.

  2. plasticguy

    July 24, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a note…

    HDPE (high density polyethylene) is promoted as a graffiti-resistant material and there a number of sign-grade versions of it available used on golf courses, public spaces, and playgrounds.

    You could look up King Colorcore as one example.


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