Panel flexible - Processing and finishing

Processing & Finishing

General processing: For professional processing only, Plexwood is composed of end grain wood and wood with the grain, this means that sanding, filling, cutting, gluing and finishing differs significantly from other wood products, follow the instructions of the products chosen, and the general guidelines below


Acclimatization: Allow Plexwood to acclimatize under the conditions in which it will be used


Sanding: Panel flexible is as standard sanded 80-grit, the veneer layers differ in hardness, sand concentrically/rotating, belt sanding or sanding with an orbital disk is generally not suitable for this product


Filling: Panel flexible is as standard filled, the veneer layers differ in absorption capacity, therefore work with fillers that are suitable for end grain wood, generally, fast-drying fillers are not appropriate, run a test if necessary


Gluing: Use a suitable non-water based construction glue, or a PU glue, generally, white water-based wood glues are not appropriate, run a test if necessary


Fixation: Dependent on the application, t-brads or mini-brads with small heads are usually suitable to fixate the flexible panel with glue to the substrate or batten framework. For sharp curves we advise to pre-form the panels in for instance a vacuum press, or to slowly curve the panel around its base/mold before on-site installation


Battenwork: Install wooden battens in an appropriate manner, with a distance between each batten of at most 400 x 400 or 400 x 600 mm. Using glue and screws/nails, place a thin sheet of plywood against the batten framework. Apply construction glue to thin plywood base, and place bendable Plexwood panel into glue, and secure using for instance t-brads or mini-brads with small heads. Always ensure that panel seams (where 2 panels connect) are joined securely on a shared batten, on all sides. Pre-curve if necessary


Connection: A butt joint (especially suitable when combined with Plexwood on bendable plywood panel), connection with dowels or biscuit joints (lamellos), mitered corner joint and corner joint with corner anchors are the most common connections


Finishing with oil/wax: Plexwood is composed of end grain wood veneer, which has a higher absorption quality than wood with the grain, therefore work with oil and wax that is suitable for this type of wood structure. Generally, very thin or diluted agents are not appropriate. The manufacturer of the product in question can inform you whether their product is suitable, run a test if necessary


Finishing with varnish: Plexwood is composed of end grain wood veneer, which has a higher absorption quality than wood with the grain, always choose an appropriate finish, as not all acrylics and water-based varnishes are suitable for Plexwood. Generally, very thin or diluted agents are not appropriate. The manufacturer of the product in question can inform you whether their product is suitable, and if necessary, run a test

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