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02-03-2021 04:16 PM

I’ve seen some projects online where the plywood/MDF will be laminated to give it a different look and feel. I’ve got some leftover counter top laminate that I got somewhere, but is this the same type? It seems thicker than what I would imagine is on something like a melamine panel, but hard to tell from online videos or shops if it’s the same thing. If it’s different, is there a different search term I should be using? Thanks!

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#1 posted 02-03-2021 04:20 PM

veneered sheet goods, not plywood. you can charge more for veneered sheet goods

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#2 posted 02-03-2021 06:02 PM

veneered sheet goods, not plywood. you can charge more for veneered sheet goods

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I’ll search for veneer as well, thanks! I was thinking more of a non-wood look, almost like a glossy, melamine type finish, for when I don’t want wood grain, etc. Wasn’t sure if that was still veneer or if that only means wood.

I’ll try asking for veneered sheet goods at Home Depot next time, but might get some blank stares…

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#3 posted 02-03-2021 06:14 PM

In short order,
Melamines and Laminates are both made with resin paper. Melamine is pressed onto a substrate using low pressure. Laminate is pressed onto several layers of craft paper making it thicker using higher pressures..
Both made a little different, but because of the process and materials laminate is thicker and more durable than the melamine. You can’t buy melamine that isn’t already laid up on a substrate.
Laminate you can buy separate and put on any substrate you want. (mdf/plywood/particle board…..etc..)

Veneered sheet goods are wood, nothing to do with laminate or melamine.

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#4 posted 02-03-2021 06:37 PM

There are thousands of different types of laminate. Typically the type used for countertops is called plastic laminate. Brands of plastic laminate are Formica, Nevamar, Wilsonart, to name a few.

You can also get metal laminates, either raw, meaning no backer, or with a poly resin back just like the plastic laminates. Chemetal is one such brand of metallic laminates.

You can get PET laminates which are usually 1mm thick and come in high mirror gloss to matte dull in various solid and wood grain colors. Mirlux comes to mind.

There are also high build lacquered panels which look like melamine, only nicer. Innolac comes to mind.

There is also a new breed of melamines that are synchronized melamines — meaning the texture matches the print.
Uniboard, Stevenswood and Cleaf brands come to mind.

In the last few years there have been many new and exciting sheet good products that are now on the market.

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