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Metalam Laminates

  • Product Description:
    Combining the durability of metal with the versatility of laminates, Merino presents Metalam range of High Pressure Metallic Laminates designed for vertical interior or ceiling applications where a special accent is required or a special mood is desired. Metallic laminates are manufactured by pressing metallic foils along with kraft paper core sheets impregnated with phenolic resin. An assembly of these papers is then placed in a press and bonded under heat and pressure into a thermosetting plastic sheet. Finished sheets are trimmed and the backs sanded to facilitate bonding. The bright reflective face of these laminates lends a modern decorative appeal to the interiors and renders the ambience with a modern, sleek and an urban look.


    Metalam Metal Foil Laminates are durable & strong to give your interiors varying levels of depth
    Metalams are recommended for use only on vertical surfaces of your interiors. When used on any horizontal surface, they should be protected under glass or other equivalent materials
    It doesn’t allow dust particles to accumulate on surface, resulting in a clean and healthy place

    Application Area:

    Vertical Only

    Ideal For:

    Hospitality Sector
    Gaming & Entertainment Industry
    Interior & Set designing
    Retail Segment
    Signage& display
    Cruise and furniture industry
  • SIZE
    FINISH4’x8’ (1220mm X 2440mm)4’x10’(1220mm X 3050mm)

    0.8mm, 0.9mm & 1.0mm

    Stainless steel, Aluminum, White Metal, Gold & bronze
  • Optimum conditions for use:
    High Pressure Laminates should be properly conditioned to the ambient conditions of the surroundings before they are used. For example, High Pressure Decorative Laminates and the substrate need at least 48 hours to get acclimatized. Provisions should be made for the circulation of air around the components.

    Recommended conditioning temperature is about 24¼°C. Laminates should be conditioned at 45% to 55% relative humidity.

    Sawing: To avoid chipping, it is important that the saw blade teeth cut into the decorative face.

    Circular sawing:
    Always provide support to the material near the point of blade contact to avoid vibration that causes chipping. Blades with trapezoid tooth configuration, and both tungsten carbide and diamond tip blades have proved to be excellent tools for sawing high pressure decorative laminates.

    Routing may be done with electric or air powered carbide tip routers. Router speed should be maintained at 16000 to 22000 rpm. It is important to use a router having adequate horsepower to maintain cutting speeds (based on the type and amount of material to be cut). For special edge trimming, very high speed routers are available which produce smooth-edge chip-free work. Sharpness of the router cutters should be maintained.

    Edge finishing:
    Belt sanders may be used to flush the self-edge before the laminate top is applied. However, care should be taken to direct the sanding operation away from or parallel to the decorative surface.

    A variety of adhesives have been found satisfactory for bonding decorative laminates to core materials. The choice of adhesive should be based on the service for which the assembly is intended and upon the bonding facilities available. In all cases, the adhesive manufacturer's instructions for use should be followed closely.

    Contact Adhesives:
    Contact adhesives may be used for bonding laminates to a variety of substrates. Contact adhesives do not restrict the movement of the laminate caused by varying humidity conditions to the same extent as thermosetting adhesives. They are particularly useful for application to metal or other impervious surfaces. There are two primary types of contact adhesives; solvent based and water based. Water-based adhesives are not suitable for bonding laminates to non porous substrates. The solvent or the water must be evaporated before satisfactory bonding can be accomplished.

    Polyvinyl Acetate Types (White glue):
    Polyvinyl acetate (PVA) emulsion adhesives may be used for bonding laminates to wood substrates where resistance to moisture and high heat are not required in the application (e.g. furniture, kitchen cabinets and office partitions).

    They may be both room temperature and hot pressed setting adhesives requiring only that the water in the emulsion be absorbed by the components. Catalyzed PVA offers improved moisture and heat resistance.

    Thermosetting Types:
    Urea-formaldehyde adhesives are satisfactory for most applications. Resorcinol and phenol-resorcinol adhesives are recommended for use when moisture resistance and heat resistance are required. Epoxy adhesives are liquids with no volatile components. They have good gap-filling and low shrinkage properties and are used mainly for bonding laminates to impervious cores such as steel.

    Hot melt Types:
    Hot melt adhesives are suitable for use only in edge banding operations because of their low heat resistance.

    Urethane Types:
    Urethane adhesives are liquids with 100% solids and no volatile components. They have good gap filling and low shrinkage properties. These are used mainly for bonding laminates to impervious cores such as metal, glass etc.

    Protective Film:
    The protective film where applied should be removed as soon as the application is complete. If the film is left in place after fabrication, exposure to strong lights for a period may cause a pale residue and make it difficult to remove the protective film.

    Proper bonding recommendations:

    The surfaces should be clean, dry, and free of oils or other contaminants, such as dust, synthetic particles, and so forth. The adhesive film should have full contact with the surface to which it is applied in order to give maximum adhesion
    The adhesive should always be stirred or agitated before use. Sufficient amount of adhesive should be applied on either or both the surfaces to be bonded. When ready for bonding, the spread film of most contact adhesives will exhibit a uniform semi-gloss appearance over the entire surface of the materials to be bonded. Marked variation in appearance will generally indicate an improper or non-uniform adhesive spread. The substrate can generally be seen more readily through those areas where insufficient adhesive has been applied. If this occurs, re-coating the surfaces should achieve a uniform coating. Double coating the edges with adhesive is advisable because of the higher porosity of the substrate edge
    Sufficient bonding pressure to ensure intimate contact is necessary for an adequate bond. Sufficient pressure should be applied over the entire area using as much pressure as possible without damaging the assembly. Pinch rollers (rotary press) and heavy weight rollers are ideal for such purposes. Hand rolling should be done from the center to the edges to ensure the removal of all air bubbles. The edges should be rolled twice
    Care should be taken to follow the manufacturer's recommendations concerning the allowable tack range of the adhesive. If assembly is made before the adhesive is dry or after the allowable open time is exceeded, the bond may not have satisfactory results
    Unless otherwise indicated by the manufacturer, the temperature of the gluing area and all materials should be maintained around 21°C (70°F) or above
    Experience has shown that when the relative humidity is above 80% at temperatures of 21°C (70°F) or lower, moisture may condense on the surface during drying (known as blushing) and this will prevent an acceptable bond. Hot spray or forced air drying may be used to help prevent this condition
    It is recommended that the maximum sheet size used for vertical field application be limited to 610x2440 mm (2 x 8 ft). If larger panels are required, these should be fabricated in the shop
    A gap of minimum 2 mm should be maintained between two laminates while pasting side by side

  • Storage:

    The laminates should be stored face-up in a cool, dry area and in a completely supported flat position. Protect material from twist and edge damage. To prevent surface distortion, large sheets should be handled by two people and transported face up. Use the top sheet of chipboard or similar materials to hold the sheets in flat positions. Do not compress coils and avoid bending while rolling the material. Material with a backer must have the face out. Rolling with the face-in will crack the backing material so roll loosely to a minimum diameter of 18 inches.


    Merino Metal Laminates should be cleaned with glass cleaner or warm water with mild soap. After cleaning always wipe the surface with a soft cloth
    Do not use cleaners that contain abrasive acids, alkalis, solvents, paint thinner or adhesive remover

    In all cutting, machining and finishing procedures safety goggles, gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirts must be worn and precautions must be taken to protect eyes from metal particles. Caution should be exercised in handling sheets since burred edges can cause cuts.


    Abrasives: Abrasive pads, scouring powders or cleansers may permanently damage the laminate surface making it susceptible to staining
    Harsh chemicals: Harsh chemicals such as oven cleaner, toilet cleaner, or drain cleaner will etch and discolour the decorative surface. High Pressure Decorative Laminates are not designed to resist continual contact with these chemicals. If any of these products spill over the surface remove immediately, rinse thoroughly, and wipe dry
    Hot objects: Even though HPL has high heat resistance, exposure to temperatures greater than 135°C is not recommended. Hence, do not place hot frying pans or dishes directly from the oven or cook top on the laminate surface. As a precaution, protect the surface from heat generating appliances such as pressing irons, toasters, curling irons and electric cookers by using a trivet or insulated pad. Prolonged exposure to temperatures above 65°C may result in separation of the laminate from the substrate
    Sharp objects: Never use knives or other sharp objects directly on the decorative surface. Use of chopping block or counter saver is recommended
    Impact: Even though High Pressure Decorative Laminates have excellent impact resistance, chipping or cracking may occur. Do not abuse the High Pressure Decorative Laminate by dropping heavy objects such as cans, dinnerware, or glasses or deliberately hammering directly on the surface
  • Currently there are no NEMA standards or tests for decorative metal surfacing
  • Merino Industries Limited & Merino Panel Product Ltd. warrant that, under normal use & service, the material & workmanship of their products shall confirm to the standards set forth on the applicable technical data sheet for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of sale to the first consumer purchaser. Dealers & distributors are provided with the technical data sheets, which contain specific standards of performance of the product. In the event that a Merino Industries Limited or a Merino Panel Product Limited Product does not perform as warranted, the first purchaser's sole remedy shall be limited to repair or replacement of all or any part of the product, which is defective, at the manufacturer's sole discretion. This warranty is not transferable, and expires upon resale or transfer by first purchaser. This warranty shall not apply to defects or damage arising from any of the following: Accidents, abuse or misuse, exposure to extreme temperature, improper fabrication or installation, improper maintenance. No other warranties, expressed or implied, are made. Under no circumstances shall the manufacturer be liable for any loss or damage arising from the purchase, use, or inability to use the product, or for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages. No fabricator, installer, dealer, agent or employee of Merino Industries Limited and Merino Panel Product Limited has the authority to modify the obligation or limitation or this warranty.
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