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Old 04-23-2016, 01:00 PM   #1
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Vertical Vs Horizontal Grade Laminate.


I've done a little laminate in my career, not much. Couple of countertops, dozens of doors and panels, but I certainly don't make my living off of it.

So the question is....

On standard (horizontal) laminate as for countertops, is the "wear" layer thicker then it is on a vertical grade of laminate? Or is it just the high pressure sub layer (dark) that is thicker?

I noticed while using vertical (Grade 20, 0.026") that the dark line that is on the edge is very much less noticeable then it is on the standard grade (Grade 20, 0.45").

So whats the issue with using a vertical grade on a horizontal surface?
Is it just the workability of the thicker material, less chance of breakage or is there a better wear surface on it?
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Re: Vertical Vs Horizontal Grade Laminate.


Wear grade is much thinner
Breakage would not matter once it is glued on, much more bendable. Vertical grade is/was used on curved front edges because it can be radiused much tighter than horizontal grade. It was used in the 80s for some furniture when laminate was at it's peak, because of a much thinner sub layer line.

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Re: Vertical Vs Horizontal Grade Laminate.


You should use Grade 12 postform for bending, it's in between for thickness.

But you answered my question of the wear layer. It's so thin to begin with I can't see the difference by eye. I can definitely see the difference in the substrate thickness.

Grade 10 (HGS) .044" (1.1mm) .043" - .053" (1.08mm - 1.32mm)
Grade 12 (HGP) .035" (0.9mm) .034" - .044" (0.88mm - 1.12mm)
Grade 20 ( VGP) .027" (0.7mm) .024" - .032" (0.6mm - 0.8mm)
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