2 Mil VS. 3 Mil Edgebanding


From original questioner:

I've pretty much always been set up for running 3MIL edgebanding. I've recently bought a new bander and the tech is recommending a setup for 2MIL banding. Does anyone have any recommendations or experience on one or the other?

From contributor La

We run both. Leave the 3mm radius knives in and just don't run to full radius for 2mm.
All commercial work. Run the banding specified.

From contributor ca

What Larry said

From contributor ha

We just switched our 3mm radius blades to 2mm as running the 3mm blades gave us an oval shape that we did not like. I see from your site that you do not have any commercial work posted, so why bother with 3mm banding? We use 2mm for closets and textured melamine cabinetry where the banding looks better in the 2mm or even 1mm. In the textured melamines the 1mm edge is extremely durable and it disappears if you have a thin glue line. The 3mm banding is not available for most of these products anyway.Harold.

From contributor Da

Thanks everyone for your responses. We've always found the 3Mil to be very durable, and though not in the widest of colors, suitable to our needs.

Apparently the technician was recommending a 1 and 2mil setup because the "3mil is going to be phased out in a few years." Got us a little worried.

We kept the 1 & 3 setup to keep the durable edge. The new bander should get us a much nicer 1mil edge so maybe we can go back to using that. The 3 has been so good to us for many years.

We use this on our frameless cabinets application for a color matched case.

From contributor La

"3mil is going to be phased out in a few years." New to me. We use a lot of it. PVC might be phased out and replaced by ABS like it has been in Europe.

From contributor Al

The heat activated (laser, air) banding is polypropylene, they are also adding the fusion/adhesive layer to ABS and PVC.

I would guess in a few years as more companies buy the technology we will see more polypropylene. The quality of the heat fused edge is so much better than typical adhesion and the visual appearance is what designers and architects want to see.