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Product FAQ’s

Adhesives & Sealants

How far will a tube of Color Caulk cover?

The most common application is a 1/8" bead that would run about 53 linear feet. The chart below tells how many feet you can expect to cover with a 5.5oz tube of caulk in various bead widths:

How long does Seamfil take to set?

Seamfil will cure in approximately one hour, but we recommend 24 hours for total cure. Learn more about Seamfil here.

What adhesive do you recommend for installing the backsplash?

You will need two different products for installing Backsplash.

  1. Titebond #7471 construction adhesive for attaching backsplash to your wall. This can be found in our installation section here and is easily applied with a standard caulking gun.
  2. Color matched caulk is an adhesive and sealant for attaching to your countertop. This makes a moisture resistant bond with your countertop and should not be substituted. Available in squeeze tubes.

Cabinet Hinges

How do I determine my Cabinet Door Overlay?

An overlay door lays on top of the cabinet frame or panel. You will need to look on the hinged side of the door to determine the overlay. Overlays can be a variety of sizes, with 1/4" - 3/4" being very common. Your door will overlap the frame by a specific dimension.

  1. Place a piece of tape (or make a pencil mark) along the back edge of the cabinet door (where the door meets the frame/panel).
  2. Open or remove the door & measure from your mark to the inner edge of the cabinet frame to determine your overlay. The result will be your door overlay measurement.

How do I know whether I need a Face Frame or Frameless hinge?

Face frame cabinets have a frame (usually 1-1/2″ to 2″ wide solid wood) that is attached to the front edges, or face, of the cabinet case. Hinges mount to this face frame. This is the most common style in American cabinets.

Frameless cabinets are essentially four-sided boxes with the hinges mounted to the cabinet interior. Frameless cabinets also are sometimes referred to as European Style.

There are adapter plates available that allow you to 'go frameless' if you are looking for that aesthetic.

What is the difference between Screw in & Press in (knock in) hinges?

The difference between screw in hinges & press in, or knock in, hinges is that the press in hinges have plastic dowels pre-screwed to the hinge and require a special knock-in tool for insertion. Most all cabinet doors accommodate both types of hinge.  You can find all our selection of hinges here and our offering of wood screws here.

 

Edgebanding

What are the differences among Non-Glued, Peel-N-Stick & Pre-Glued Edgebanding?

Non-Glued: Comes in a 600' roll, does not have any sort of adhesive backing, allowing you to choose just the right adhesive for your project.

Peel-N-Stick: Is a ready-to-go 300' roll with adhesive already applied. Simply peel the backing off and attach to your surface.

Pre-Glued: This is for machine application only, this is not an iron-on product. PVC comes in 2 x 300' rolls. Wood comes in 2 x 250' rolls.

Laminate Profile Edges

Can I bend the edge molding around radius corners?

The quick answer is no. All of the edge molding profiles are manufactured from medium density fiberboard with decorative laminate adhered to the face. Depending upon the edge profile, some are slightly more flexible than others. The Ogee profile, being 3/4 ” thick, is very rigid and difficult to bend. The Bullnose and Bevel profiles are 3/8” thick & thus may be bent slightly over a long arc, for example; a long side of an island countertop.

How long are the laminate profile edge trims and backsplashes?

All Bevel-Edge, Backsplash, Ogee Edge and Bullnose Edge profiles are manufactured and shipped in 8' lengths. Some patterns may be available in 12' lengths but these must ship freight and are only cost effective for orders consisting more than 15 pieces. Please call for availability.

Should I use the Color Caulk to attach the laminate trim to my countertop?

Simply put, no. The color matched caulk is intended for the area where the countertop and the backsplash are joined. It can also be used to touch up seams and miters. It is too thick to use as an installation adhesive for the edge trim. For edge trim installation, we recommend using Wilsonart Lokweld II Wood Glue.

What adhesive do you recommend for installing the backsplash?

You will need two different products for installing Backsplash.

  1. Titebond #7471 construction adhesive for attaching backsplash to your wall. This can be found in our installation section here and is easily applied with a standard caulking gun.
  2. Color matched caulk is an adhesive and sealant for attaching to your countertop. This makes a moisture resistant bond with your countertop and should not be substituted. Available in squeeze tubes.

Sheet Laminate

Do you offer any other patterns than the ones listed on your site?

We offer all current patterns of Wilsonart and Formica brand products. Please Contact Us with any inquiries.

How can I view the finishes available in each pattern?

Laminate patterns are often available in multiple finishes. Our SKU's are broken down to specify the pattern code followed by the finish code and finally the sheet size. For example: in the SKU# 7732-58-4x8, the first set of numbers (7732) represent the pattern "Butterum Granite". The second set of digits (58) are Formica's code for "Matte" Finish. The final sequence represents the size (4' x 8' sheet).

To view the appearance of Formica finishes, click on any of the following: Scovato (34)Crystal (42), Artisan (43), Etchings (46), Matte (58), Gloss (90), MicroDot (MC), Natural Grain (NG)Naturelle (NT), Radiance (RD), Sculpted (SP), Woodbrush, (WR).

To view the appearance of Wilsonart finishes, click on any of the following: High Gloss (01), Textured Gloss (07), SoftGrain (12), Casual Rustic (16)Linearity (18)Antique (22)Gloss Line (28)Mirage (35), Fine Velvet Texture (38), Facet (45), Quarry (52), Glaze (55), Matte (60), FineGrain (78), Sculpted Wood (88).

How does Thermal Healing Formica Infiniti work?

Formica Infiniti™, the next generation of surfacing, has many great qualities. While Formica Infiniti is very durable, occasionally in high traffic areas, the surface can become burnished. A unique and transformable property of Formica Infiniti is its thermal healing capabilities. Using a paper towel, water and an iron, the burnished surface can be easily healed with a few passes.

Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to learn how to thermal heal Formica Infiniti. What you need:

• Iron
• Paper towel
• Spray bottle with water

Steps to thermal heal:

1. Turn the iron to the highest heat setting.
2. Place a paper towel over the burnished area.
3. Spray the paper towel with water.
4. Press the iron over the wet paper towel and burnished area 4 to 5 times.
5. Wipe off excess water with paper towel.
6. If necessary, repeat the steps above.

While thermal healing can be used to restore burnished areas, thermal healing cannot repair gouges or scratches within the surface of Formica Infiniti. Learn more about all the benefits of Formica Infiniti here.

How thick is a sheet of laminate?

Laminate thickness typically ranges from .028” to .048” depending on the purpose and material.

What are the benefits of Formica Infiniti?

Formica Infiniti™ is created by combining ultra-fine embossing with a manufacturing process that produces a soft-to-the-touch, fingerprint & chemical resistant, antibacterial surface.

Formica Infiniti is the next generation of surfacing, offering a super matte, soft-to-the-touch finish that provides a beautiful look and feel that is impossible to resist. Envision hard-working low-gloss tables and countertops in cafes and casual diners, effortlessly stunning at first glance, but with state-of-the-art functionality and surprisingly little maintenance required. A game changer in surfacing, Formica Infiniti is a new offering for any space calling for a tactile yet durable and matte surface. It doesn’t stop there; with the added benefit of thermal healing capabilities, Formica Infiniti has a home in every space!

Formica Infiniti is ideal for high traffic areas such as restaurants, hotels, healthcare and retail spaces, commercial offices or any setting that calls for countertops, tables, doors, partitions, cabinets and furniture. Formica Infiniti pushes the boundaries of surfacing, combining state-of-the-art functionality with a surprisingly low level of maintenance. As beautiful as it is durable, Formica Infiniti features a wide array of product benefits.

1) Soft-to-the-touch, super matte finish

Current trends for interiors feature super matte looks that are visually appealing as well as pleasant to the touch. This satisfying surface is also resistant to fingerprints and smudging.

2) Antibacterial

While effortlessly stunning at first glance, this innovative product is constantly working. Formica Infiniti has antibacterial properties created from a silver-based system to keep bacteria from reproducing.

3) Easy to clean, chemical resistant

With its state-of-the-art functionality, Formica Infiniti is chemical resistant and will withstand rigorous cleaning protocols for worry-free maintenance.

4) Post-formable

Formica Infiniti can be used for both vertical and horizontal applications and is post-formable.

5) Thermal Healing of burnished areas

A unique property of Formica Infiniti is its thermal healing capabilities. In three simple steps, the surface can be renewed, learn more here.

What is the difference between Vertical Grade and Standard Grade laminate?

Laminate is made in many different grades intended for specific uses. For practical purposes we've narrowed this down to two categories; Vertical and Standard Grade.

Vertical Grade is ideal for use on low wear surfaces such as cabinet faces and sides, doors, furniture, etc. It is a little thinner than standard grade and thus, a thinner line will be visible at the edges. Vertical Grade laminate is not recommended for countertops or any surface that will likely see a lot of use. Thickness' can range from .027" (0.7mm) nominal to .029" (.7mm) nominal.

Standard Grade, or Horizontal Grade, is a little thicker and typically is used for higher wear areas like countertops and desktops. This material is less flexible and slightly more difficult to work with but is the standard for making most laminate countertops. Thickness' can range from .035" (0.9mm) nominal to .045" (1.1mm) nominal.

What’s the difference between Formica and Wilsonart

Formica and Wilsonart manufacture various sheet goods, decorative edges and other products. Each offers a unique variety of differing color choices, patterns and finishes but they are very similar products of equal quality, construction and cost.

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