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Offline Blues

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3mm plastic edge banding questions
« on: March 08, 2022, 04:15 PM »
I have never used 3mm edgebanding. So here are some questions.. I appreciate your inputs / advice
1. Best place to source them?
2. Plastic 3mm edge banding.. is it easy to work with (bendable?)?
3. Do 3mm edgebanding use the same heat activated glue?
4. Do i need any special equipment like the conturo? Or can i just use good old iron on techniques?
5. If they dont come with glue.. how do i apply them? Contact cement? Too time consuming?
6. Compared to hardwood (real wood)edgebanding do these have any significant benefit?

Thanks.. much for your inputs.

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Offline Packard

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Re: 3mm plastic edge banding questions
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2022, 04:36 PM »
I knew nothing about this, but I am learning.

This company sells the edgebanding as a "raw material" to other manufacturers who apply the adhesive. (If I am reading this correctly).

And this furniture manufacturer writes:

When it comes to PVC, we recommend 3mm edging in general because it goes on cleaner, quicker, and with better adhesion. Another advantage is that you get a graceful radius and a nice soft-looking finish. In general, we avoid .5mm edging because the corners tend to be too sharp.

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: 3mm plastic edge banding questions
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2022, 05:05 PM »
I use 3mm. It is applied using the Conturo, I warmed it in an oven before applying it (set @ 200ºF). I find warming it helps the banding lay down better.

I don’t think you’ll be able to iron on 3mm without distorting the face.

3mm must be router trimmed.


Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: 3mm plastic edge banding questions
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2022, 06:57 PM »
It is stiffer and much harder to work with than the typical 1mm.
You are not likely to find it as an "iron on" because it is really intended for commercial use, where it is applied with huge, expensive machinery.
It is much more durable than nearly anything else available. That is it's normal intent. Hospitals, commercial kitchens, high use areas, etc. are common places. Most of the time, it gets the full 1/8" round-over too.
In a home shop, it would have to be done with contact cement. This works well, though the stiffness of the material itself is a bit of a challenge. It will have to be router trimmed too, probably in 2 passes. Flush trimmed first and then rounded over.

There is a company called Charter Industries that also sells it, but I don't know if the sell direct to consumers?
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