Questions & Answers

Are special tools required to fabricate Wilsonart Chemsurf Chemical-Resistant Laminate?

No, just the standard carbide-tipped tools routinely used for high pressure laminates.

Can Chemsurf be handled like standard laminate?

Every sheet of Chemsurf comes with a protective film on the decorative surface. It should be handled carefully because this face has a thick layer of resin, which can crack if the laminate is flexed away from the face.

Are special adhesives required to bond Chemsurf?

Not necessarily. The back of a Chemsurf sheet is just like any other laminate. However, for seams that may be exposed on a horizontal surface, we recommend the use of an epoxy adhesive because epoxy is also chemical-resistant.

Is Chemsurf formable?

Chemsurf product type 390 may be successfully formed with conventional postforming machinery. It can be bent to 9/16" on an outside radius at an optimum forming temperature of 275°F (135°C) and the inside can be bent to 3/16? radius.

Is Chemsurf recommended for exterior use?

Chemsurf is recommended as interior surfacing material only. Prolonged exposure to outside weather conditions could result in some discoloration.

Is Chemsurf ASTM-G22 compliant?

Yes, Chemsurf meets ASTM-G22 requirements for bacterial resistance and bacterial susceptibility.

How does the heat resistance of Chemsurf differ from standard laminate?

Because the face of Chemsurf Laminate has a special resin formulation different than standard laminate with melamine resin, it may be somewhat more susceptible to color change or deformation from high temperature. Wilsonart recommends that Chemsurf Laminate not be subjected to extremes in humidity, or to temperatures of over 275°F (135°C) for sustained periods of time, or to intense, continuous, direct sunlight.

Can Chemsurf be used in photography labs?

Yes. It is particularly good because it resists the attack of silver nitrate, which stains ordinary laminate black.

What chemicals can damage Chemsurf?

Chemsurf can be damaged by high concentrations of sulfuric and nitric acids, when exposed for long periods of time. There may be other chemicals that Chemsurf does not resist. If a customer has a chemical which doesn't show up on our list of over 100 common reagents, call our Product Quality Department (800-433-3222) to find out whether the laminate will withstand it or not. In most cases, Chemsurf will be able to resist the substance in question.

How does Chemsurf compare in cost to standard laminate?

There is an upcharge for Chemsurf due to special resin formulations and manufacturing techniques used to create the chemical-resistant surface.

Are minimum orders required for special order items?

No. One sheet per item is the minimum order.

What is the normal lead time for Chemsurf?

Factory orders typically require two weeks lead time.

What sizes are available?

Type 390 - Widths: 36", 48" and 60". Lengths: 96", 120" and 144".

Can I get Wilsonart Chemsurf Chemical-Resistant Laminate in any Wilsonart Laminate color or pattern?

Chemsurf is available in most Wilsonart Standards Collection designs. Please check Pattern Availability or contact your local rep or call 1.800.433.3222 to confirm availability.

Does the #90 finish improve scratch resistance?

Yes. Type 390-90 offer the added value of improved scratch resistance to a chemical-resistant surface.

What finishes are available on Chemsurf?

Chemsurf is manufactured in both #60 Matte and #90 Crystal finish. The #60 finish, a fine matte texture, is available from stock. The #90 finish, with increased gloss and texture, minimizes finger marks and improves scratch resistance.

What is Wilsonart Chemsurf Chemical-Resistant Laminate used for?

Chemsurf is used in intermediate laboratory applications where resistance to aggressive chemicals is required, such as serology or urology labs, college labs, hospitality bathroom applications, dental offices and beauty salons. Chemsurf is designed to fill specific needs:

Forming Type 390 offers optimum chemical and wear resistance; it is intended for horizontal, vertical and postforming surfaces as well as for applications including those where it is necessary or desirable to roll the laminate on a simple radius over the edge of a substrate. This eliminates seams, which are otherwise vulnerable to chemical attack.

Are SPC panels covered by NEMA standards?

SPC Panels are not specifically covered by industry-wide standards, except for Wilsonart Impact-Resistant Laminate (Type 117). This product, designated by NEMA as HSH, conforms to the relevant standards of the ANSI/NEMA, LD3-2000 for thickness, performance properties and appearance. Wilsonart International maintains internal standards that require all Wilsonart SPC Panels to conform to the standards described for Type HSH.

What finish options are available?

SPC Panels are available in #60 Matte finish in all product types. #95 Chemsurf® Chemical-Resistant finish is available for product types 568, 569, 575 and 590.

What is the size availability?

Panel widths include 30?, 36?, 48? and 60?; lengths are 96?, 120? and 144?.

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