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Using FRP in cabinet12/30
I have a client looking to use FRP inside of the cabinet over the laminate and corners caulked. Has anyone done this or have any other ideas. Looking for a water proof interior for sink cabinets.
Also can FRP be applied with contacted adhesve to a moisture resistant MDF.
Explain more in detail what the are the clients needs. frp is fibreglass reinforces plastic. Itís typically applied with dry fibres and wet resin. Like on a boat.
Went to the local box store and lined the bottom first. Then added the back and sides.
Used 3.0 quick grab (I think). Glued right to melamine.
Did not come off. Soda cabinets. Cut around the hinges.
Wouldn't HPL provide the same moisture resistance? The difference isin the caulked joints. It would be a whole lot easier to work with.
They want to make sure to stay water tight. They have been back to some jobs that have had the bottoms damaged. Not my cabinets so i want to make sure I do a good job and make this not get water logged. Its a restaurant and they will put buckets of water under there and enything you can think of. I thought about using a thru color laminate. I looks like it has a different backing. If the FRP sticks to the laminate i think i would rather do that. I found I can get it layid up but that makes it pretty thick on 3/4" material with only being able to get it double sided. The FRP is used a lot in restaurants in the back and areas of high wear. Where possible water could be. When I was doing countertops for MCDS it was all over the whole kitchen and under the countertops.
Tom- I did mention that to the contractor that its possible they also used a cheap melamine and with it not being caulked it would just run down and the partical board would just suck it up. I am trying to get more info on how the thru color laminates are made and if they would be more moisture resistant with it looking like it has a different backer and then put on a medex. Then caulk the sides with a good caulk.
Why not make the decks out of Starboard? Or even PVC sheet stock, Azek, Permatrim, Royal?
I think Mark is really on the right track with some sort of solid core. You can use as much FRP and caulking as you want, as soon as someone punches a hole for plumbing you've got a problem. Of course, the cost may be prohibitive. But to answer your question, in my experience yes FRP can be contacted to a moisture resistant MDF. I've done it before and not had it fail.
We see this in commercial cabinets in kitchens and break rooms with lots us use, usually at open sink cabinets and appliance bays. We have it cold pressed like laminate.
Generally the specs use the same stuff on the cabinet back that is going on the walls.
If you want to build a water resistant cabinet use metal or compact laminate.
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as an alternative we use medex with VG PL pressed with interior color but it's all the same, clients letting maintenance lapse due to failure of scheduling inspections
Seems that more sink bases here in the Midwest are leaning to sloped panels with no floor
We started making them as unit as the carpenters would lose the false fronts and not hold the dimensions for a top properly