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Finished ends on melamine carcases10/10
We do not want applied panels, but want to paint finished ends of wall cabinets.
Jobs are frameless, done using eCabinets software.
If you are doing this, what is the preferred makeup of the panels used to cut these ends? We were thinking of specifying one side the hardrock maple melamine, the other side maple veneer.
Is this best laid up with a PB core, MDF, or something else?
Our distributors stock Melamine with a paintable backer.
So does mine but not in maple mel. I just checked for similar reasons. Louis and company offers some options for laid up panels. you could check with them depending on where you are at. You could also run your panels through your belt/drum sander to etch the melamine and prime/paint them. Do not sand all the way through the mel or you will get severe cupping problems when you paint
2K primer sticks to melamine very well. As Jonathon mentioned running them thru a thickness sander is ideal. However, you can also hit them with a random orbit sander.
You just need to get most of the gloss off of it. Try sanding a piece and you will be suprised at how well it sands.
I know a couple of shops that spray 2K directly on top of the melamine. No primer required. They use MDF core melamine for paint grade doors.
Use a 1/2" melamine side and scuff sand the outside then press or use contact adhesive on 1/4" mdf next off to the edgebander.
white one side melamine. white on inside, wood on outside. quite common.