Compact Laminate

Recommended Uses: Compact Laminate Chemical-Resistant Laminate is produced for work
tops and cabinet surfacing in intermediate-type laboratories where weight or cost constraints rule
out slate, epoxy or stainless steel; the possibility of chemical spills rules out conventional high pressure decorative laminate; or where a trendy colored or patterned surface is desired.

Chemical resistant compact laminate is also utilized in areas where indiscriminate use of a variety of cleaning agents may be used.

Specific applications include laboratory cabinets, casework, counters and tabletops in hospitals,
photographers’ darkrooms, beauty salons and product testing facilities. Chemical resistant laminate is ideal for nurses’ stations, physicians’ and dentists’ examining and treatment rooms and pathologists’ work rooms where budgetary constraints limit the higher cost of Epoxy resin or Solid Phenolic counter Tops.  It is also practical and attractive surfacing for wainscoting in any of these areas.

Product Composition: A special resin formulation is applied over the decorative surface paper to
achieve chemical resistance. The decorative paper is treated with melamine resin; and the core
is composed of kraft papers impregnated with phenolic resin. These sheets are then bonded at
pressures greater than 1000 pounds per square inch at temperatures approaching 300°F
(149°C). Finished sheets are trimmed and the backs sanded to facilitate bonding.

Basic Limitations:
Chemical resistant laminates are intended for interior surfacing only, and not as structural materials. Laminates must be bonded to suitable substrates with edge banding applied over the substrate core material.
Do not subject these laminates to extremes in humidity or to temperatures over 275°F (135°C) for sustained periods of time.
Laminates should not be exposed to flame, molten metal, metallic sparks or intense, direct sunlight.  They should not be used as cutting surfaces.
Laminate materials  should be protected from damage caused by high heat, such as heat created by Bunsen burners. The burners should be placed on a trivet to protect the laminate surface.