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Laminate to Melamine5/19
I've never tried this but tested it on a small sample. I'd like to laminate plastic laminate to black melamine. Should I be concerned about gluing with contact cement the plastic laminate to the melamine surface?
I'll be cutting out some doors and drawer fronts on the CNC machine after gluing and then edge banding them.
I don't work with laminate any longer but did plenty 20 years ago. I would scuff sand the melamine a little and spray the contact on. Never had a failure that I know of.
Bad idea, it is likely to warp.
Why not just lay up a balanced panel with black HPL on one face and your other HPL on the other face? Less risk of warp
Scuffed up melamine and HPL will bond successfully. As said for doors, a balanced is the way to go.
I agree with David Egnoski, I have done this for years and never have had a problem. I do not do a balanced board on melamine.
Interesting, in the early 1990's we had contact glue failure with a non-flammable glue made by Wilsonart. But, where we had glued laminate onto melamine with this glue, we did not have any failures. I think the melamine is a balance board.
In this area I might even be trouble with backer or 020 instead of equal thickness laminate.
I suspect that if Nick is in a dryer climate it may be more trouble.
Also melamine won't meet specs for AWI.
Thanks for all the ideas. I can see there's a difference of opinion and outcomes experienced by different guys. I decided to go with no laminate. I'll just use black melamine for the doors and drawer fronts. I was looking for an easy way to get a more durable front face. I don't want to risk warping. These cabinets are being installed in a drag line at the coal mine. The last set I did they had requested white paint. This set they wanted black and something more durable than paint.
Yes, with Wilsonart® RE-COVER™ Laminate, this application is now simple and achievable.
- No sanding of melamine required
- No adhesive applied by fabricator
- No VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) created by adhesive application
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Above all, keep it balanced. I watched a lawsuit where the shop had laminated one side of melamine doors on a large job. Ended up looking like potato chips. Very expensive lesson!
So by balanced I would need the same laminate on both sides correct? Or some way to prevent the uneven absorption of moisture. There has to be a better way than having laminate on the inside of the doors and drawer fronts.
Technically it should be the same thickness material.
If not exposed you can accomplish this with regrind or a discontinued color.
Realistically you are going to have to use cabinet liner on the back of the doors.