HOW IS HIGH-PRESSURE DECORATIVE LAMINATE MANUFACTURED?
Laminart brand high-pressure decorative laminate is manufactured by laminating phenolic resin-impregnated kraft sheets with melamine resin-impregnated decorative and overlay sheets. The lamination is performed under a minimum pressure of 1,000 psi (2,068 kPa) and at a temperature of approximately 300°F (149°C). The pressed laminate is trimmed to various sizes, and the back is sanded to provide uniform thickness, and to facilitate adhesive bonding.
WHAT IS PEARLESCENCE?
For years, cosmetic companies have incorporated eye-catching, subtle sparkles in their products to capture attention. Taking cues from the cosmetics industry, Laminart first employed pearlized inks to create decorative laminates in 1984. Unlike standard solid color or patterned decorative laminates, Pearlescence products are fluid, full of movement and pulsing with rhythmic vitality. Pearlized products refract light, making surfaces appear more expressive while adding visual depth. With their eye-catching luster, Pearlescence products are perfect for a broad range of commercial applications including retail, exhibit displays, hotels, casinos, restaurants and institutional designs such as schools and libraries.
HOW IS PEARLESCENCE MANUFACTURED?
Pearlescence is achieved in two steps: First, special inks that incorporate pearlized particles are used on the printed decorative paper. Second, a reduced amount of melamine is used in the manufacturing process to allow the inks to reflect and refract light for maximum visual impact. Consequently, since the melamine resin gives high-pressure laminate its wear resistance, Pearlescence products do not meet NEMA standards for abrasion/scratch resistance (the NEMA standard is 400 revolutions on a Taber Abrader; Pearlescence products achieve 100-300 cycles). Therefore, we DO NOT recommend specifying Pearlescence laminates for high-wear horizontal applications. If you would like to specify a Pearlescence product for a horizontal application, we suggest specifying it in Textured or Velva-Tex finish with the addition of the Oyster Shield High-Wear Protection option.
WHAT IS OYSTER SHIELD HIGH-WEAR PROTECTION?
Oyster Shield High-Wear Protection is the result of a manufacturing process exclusive to Laminart that enhances the durability and versatility of our Pearlescence laminates. With the addition of Oyster Shield High-Wear Protection, Pearlescence items may be safely specified for any interior horizontal or vertical application regardless of the amount of wear the end product will face. The option of Oyster Shield High-Wear Protection is only available for items ordered in Textured or Velva-Tex finish. Items identified with an O in our Stock List, library binder swatch cards and website are available for specification with Oyster Shield High-Wear Protection.
CAN OYSTER SHIELD HIGH-WEAR PROTECTION BE SPECIFIED FOR OTHER FINISHES BESIDES TEXTURED OR VELVA-TEX?
Although not a part of our standard product offering, Laminart can manufacture many of products in special or custom finish options. Please contact us for more information.
HOW DO I IDENTIFY WHICH ITEMS ARE PEARLESCENCE ITEMS?
Pearlescence items can be found in our Pearlescence, Premium Wood Prints, and Abstracts collections. All Pearlescence items are identified with a P in our Stock List, on our library binder swatch cards, and on our website.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN SHEETS OF A DESIGN THAT HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED?
There may be limited availability of sheets for an item that has been discontinued. If you are considering a recently discontinued item for a project or have a pending specification for an item that has been discontinued, please contact your local Architectural Representative or our Customer Service Department for availability.
CAN LAMINART DESIGN A CUSTOM LAMINATE?
Many of our products can be manufactured in different thicknesses, sizes and surface finishes. For larger projects, we can also design made-to-order laminates to meet your special requirements. In both cases, we would be able to provide samples for your approval prior to placing an order. Please contact us for more information.
ARE LAMINART PRODUCTS SUITABLE FOR FOOD SERVICE APPLICATIONS?
Yes, NSF International has certified Laminart high-pressure decorative laminate as a safe surfacing material for food preparation areas in commercial applications. The NSF #35 "Laminated Plastic for Surfacing for Food Service Equipment" certificate is available upon request.
ARE LAMINART PRODUCTS SUITABLE FOR MARITIME VEHICLES SUCH AS SHIPS OR YACHTS?
Yes, Laminart high-pressure decorative laminates pass IMO Res. A 653 (16) for maritime usage. Maritime certificates are available upon request.
DOES LAMINART OFFER MATCHING EDGE BANDING?