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Laminating advice needed12/3
I find myself needing to laminate at least 300 and maybe a couple of thousand panels.
I just finished doing about 200 using spray applied contact cement and hand rolling them. Needless to say, I don't want to do that again.
I don't think a glue spreader is in the budget, but a pinch roller might be if it makes sense.
Any and all comments re process, equipment and adhesives would be appreciated.
If possible have someone laminate the panels for you. Here there are plenty of laminators who will sell you sheet stock laminated with laminate however you want it laminated. This will cost you less than what you are paying for the material now.
The only way you cannot do this is if you are laminating after assembly. In which case redesign what you are doing so that it can be prelaminated.
I don't do a lot of laminate so take this for what it's worth!
I would say there's significantly more labor and time in rolling the laminate than applying the glue.....therefore if you can save time by using a pinch roller to press the panels you'll save quite a bit of time and effort. I also seem to see more pinch rollers on the used market in my area than glue rollers. So another possible advantage to picking up a pinch press.
What R you using for trimming the laminate? I borrowed a Beaver set of trim router and file for a large restaurant bar job and they work very nicely. I still had some hand filing to do, but it was a lot less than what I usually do trimming with a PC trim router. If I was doing more laminate, (cringe), I'd seriously consider shelling out the cash for the set.
I second the vote for getting them laid up. Just the materials cost us more than having the panel laid up and delivered let alone the labor to do it ourselves.
you can not buy the materials for what buying laid up panels will cost. if you must then a pinch roller is in order.
Wilsonart 3000 and a pinch roller. Can be sprayed on. That amount of panels- are you sure you don't want to outsource ?