Melamine Paper

Yodean melamine paper is a kind of decorative paper for furniture wood-like plate, with advantages of waterproof, thousands of designs, anti-scratch, divided into impregnated melamine paper and pre-impregnated melamine paper, the difference is only whether has the step of impregnated, and the impregnated melamine paper is more soft, easy to ship. Both of them are used for wood-like surface decoration, pressed on the surface of MDF, plywood, plastic board, chipboard, etc under the high-temperature function, this step is always operated by a pressing machine.

Impregnated Melamine Paper

Pre Impreganted Melamine Paper

Melamine Paper Ultimate FAQ Guide

If you have ever desired to design, renovate, or change how your living space looks at low costs while upholding environmental concerns, you should give melamine paper a thought. Melamine paper, also known as medium density laminate, is an amino melamine resin-coated paper mainly used for interior design work.

It is an ideal surfacing material that can be applied horizontally and vertically on flooring, bathroom surfaces, furniture fronts, wall claddings, windowsills, ceilings, wardrobes, and shelves to give quality finishes. The product has an average weight of 70-100 gsm and is available in abstract designs and various patterns such as stone, metals, wood grains, and solid colors.

At a glance, the types of melamine paper available include papers for high-pressure laminates, papers for low-pressure laminates, pre-impregnated papers, parchment paper for processing, and inkjet printable décor paper.

This melamine paper is manufactured by saturating many kraft paper layers, the synthetic resin known as phenolic resin. Prior to pressing, a layer of printed décor paper is placed on top of the kraft paper. After that, the two layers are then fused under intense heat and pressure of more than 1000 psi.

During the curing process, the paper sheet becomes rigid and laminated. This product’s preferred substrate is the particleboard or MDF, as they are both durable, stable, and economical. Still, the melamine paper is quite durable, hence, suitable for interior decoration in areas such as flooring, desktops, cabinetry, and countertops. At the same time, the high-pressure laminate has a high resistance to moisture, scratches, and friction due to the melamine resin used.

· Thickness

High-pressure laminates vary in terms of thickness. In this segment, you can choose from laminate sheets and compact laminates. To begin with, laminate sheets are commonly used as a surfacing material for wall panels, furniture, and cabinets. They have a varied thickness of about 0.6mm to 1.5mm hence can be glued to a wide choice of substrates using high-strength adhesives.

On the other hand, compact laminates are usually made using several layers of top-notch quality kraft papers, which are placed in a tub of resin. Afterward, they are compressed and baked to reveal a single sheet of durable surfacing material. Besides, both the top and bottom sides of the material have laminate surfacing.

· Usage

High-pressure laminates can be used as decorative laminates and industrial laminates. Essentially, decorative laminates are used to decorate and protect your furniture. These high-pressure laminates are accentuated by a wide variety of colors, textures, and designs, hence suitable to adorn furniture, giving them a classy and luxurious look.

Such surfacing materials are commonly found in homes, residential properties, boutiques, malls, photoshoot studios, showrooms, and other plush commercial interior spaces. Industrial laminates do not possess decorative intricacies. This is because they are mainly used in spaces with specific needs, such as schools, industries, offices, and hospitals.

· Surface Finish

There are various looks, ambiance, and vibes that we go for when using surfacing materials. Fortunately, when using melamine paper, you can choose finishes such as metal, wood, abstract, and chalk, and marker.

Metal finishes are often chosen for minimalistic spaces such as offices and some homes to give off a slick metal look. Wood finishes give spaces an unmatched appeal due to their luxurious, classy, and premium look. However, wood finishes are susceptible to factors such as moisture and termites. Therefore, when choosing melamine papers with a wood finish, opt for premium quality ones.

When decorating, people often desired to give their spaces an upgraded vibe that is not boring. They seek to elevate more than the décor as they also target to upgrade the room’s ambiance. Abstract designs allow them to do so as they give off not only a modern and luxurious look but also a unique one. You can choose from various abstract finishes such as granite, stone, marble, and many more.

Official spaces such as schools, universities, corporate establishments, hospitals, and hotels often go for the chalk and marker laminates.

  • They are resistant to scratches and cigarette burns
  • Excellent surface flatness
  • Rapid resin penetration
  • High laminate strength
  • High-pressure laminates can withstand boiling water of tem0peratures of up to 100 degrees Celsius.
  • Still, they are resistant to high temperatures of up to 180 degrees Celsius
  • Such papers do not stain.
  • The papers are resistant to solvents, oil, and acids.
  • Have first-class printability and impregnation capabilities.

Typically, low-pressure laminates subjected to a maximum pressure of 500 psi or 30 Kg/cm2 for approximately one minute. It is formed when melamine resin is thermally heated to melt the solid paper sheet and is bonded to particleboard or an MDF. The main difference between a low-pressure laminate and a high-pressure laminate is that the low-pressure laminate has no protection film. Therefore, the decorative paper is protected by resin only.

On the other hand, the high-pressure laminate has a film of protection/ overlay that offers resistance to the paper’s surface ten times more than the coated panels. Other than that, there are several reasons why you should go for low-pressure laminates:

  • The papers are resistant to solvents, oil, and acids.
  • High laminate strength
  • Optimum appearance due to first-class printability and impregnation capabilities.
  • They are resistant to scratches and cigarette burns
  • Low-pressure laminates rarely get stained or have spots of dirt
  • Excellent surface flatness
  • Rapid resin penetration
  • You can select from wide choices of finishes, colors, and designs.

This decorative paper is made using rotating gravure cylinders with a weight that ranges 40 g/m² – 120 g/m². Typically, most of them don’t need you to use an adhesive when attaching them to a substrate. To that end, it is pressed on substrates by hot press machines.

Besides, they are also formaldehyde-free and possess a high ply bond strength. Another beneficial aspect of this decorative paper is that it has good product consistency, good printability and high lightfastness. Preimpregnated papers can be used on vast substrates, including furniture, panels, profiles, and flooring.

They are available in various designs such as wood grain, marble, solid color, fancy, cotton, and many more.

The Parchment paper for processing of decorative laminates is usually used in the construction industry for post-forming, soft forming, profiles, edges, flat laminates, and the furniture industry in areas such as kitchen surfaces and bathroom units.

One of this melamine paper’s features is that it suitable for bonding in Continuous Pressure and High-Pressure Laminates processes. As a result, it has higher flexibility which is essential for tight post-forming.

The inkjet printable decor paper is a melamine paper that possesses high-resolution print quality. As a result, it can be printed with a broad range of inkjet printers and ink systems without losing its ability to be impregnated using normal methods and resin systems.

This paper can be further transformed into a normal decor paper in the inkjet process and later on pressed onto a substrate. When printed, the inkjet printable décor paper possesses the features of conventional decor papers such as resin absorbing, lightfastness, temperature stability, and opacity.

When renovating or designing your new home, you may use melamine décor papers. Since the 1930s, melamine has been used in interior décor as it is a reliable and cost-effective material with numerous benefits such as:

· Durable

Melamine has proven to be a valuable décor material, especially in the kitchen. The kitchen is a high-traffic, heavy-use area; therefore, the doors and cabinets can be susceptible to wear and tear.

Besides, melamine has a tough outer coating, making it unsusceptible to excessive moisture, heat, and stains. Again, the décor material has hardened resin. That being the case, melamine doors and cabinets can withstand dents, chips, and scratches.

Other than that, you will not need to worry about the doors and cabinets looking shabby in a short amount of time, as melamine can resist fading.

· Budget-Friendly

Renovating or designing your home can be such a costly venture. Melamine paper is relatively cost-effective when compared to other decorating materials. Courtesy of the metal surface finish on specific melamine papers, you can achieve a high-class look of steel at low costs.

· Range of Colors and Finishes

When choosing melamine as your décor go to, you get to enjoy the luxury of selecting from many choices and possibilities regarding colors and finishes. Therefore, you can completely customize your spaces to suit your taste.

Cleaning can be such a cumbersome task. Fortunately, melamine surfaces fit the bill as they are simple to clean. All you should do is wipe your surfaces using soapy water on a regular basis. Afterward, you can dry them with a soft cloth.

Nevertheless, you have to remember to avoid cleaning your melamine surfaces with abrasive cleaners as they can bring about micro-scratches. Remember to wipe spills as soon as possible and use a streak-free glass cleaner in case of stains.

There are four essential processes in the manufacture of melamine paper. This process has been refined to ensure the paper is not only durable but also versatile in its usage.

· Impregnation of The Paper Layers

Melamine paper can be made from approximately 7 to 18 layers of paper to make a final product. The first process of making the melamine paper is impregnating it. The process involves soaking pieces of alpha-cellulose-based papers varying widths and lengths in thermosetting synthetic resins such as urea-formaldehyde(UF) and melamine formaldehyde. Typically, the bottom layers of melamine paper consist of Kraft paper.

The Kraft paper is put in a bathtub, also known as a vat that contains phenolic resins. Afterward, the top layer of paper is placed in a vat that contains melamine resin. Under the top layer, a decorative paper with the color or design chosen is placed.

· Drying

The second process of manufacturing the product is drying. The previously resin-impregnated sheets are put in a drying chamber, and after that, they are cut and placed in layers—first the Kraft papers, the decorative paper, and finally the clear layer.

· Thermosetting

Thermosetting involves the curing of the paper. In this process, the layers of paper are put in a flat-bed hydraulic press. The machine works by compressing the resin-soaked papers at approximately 1400 psi. At the same time, the paper will be heated to a high temperature to catalyze the reactions with the resins.

The resins will flow together in an alternating chain fashion. Through thermosetting, the layers of paper sheets are combined into one rigid sheet. The final product will be dry insoluble and cannot be altered even at high temperatures.

· Finishing

The last process involves cutting the paper into the desired size and shape. Afterward, it may be bonded to any material such as metal, plywood, or fiberboard.

Yes, Yodean Décor has refined the manufacture of melamine paper and observes the highest quality standards in the process.

With over 2,000 designs curated daily, the company is constantly renovating new ideas and constantly becoming a one-stop shop for international clients.

If you have any decorative paper needs, do not hesitate to contact us today.

· Are Melamine Surfaces Long Lasting?

If you are looking to decorate your spaces with surfaces that can withstand wear and tear, you should consider melamine. Melamine paper can withstand high temperatures and resist moisture.

Aside from that, the surfacing material is resistant to scratches and abrasions.

· Is Melamine Easy to Care for?

Melamine is effortless to keep clean. All you have to do when cleaning is wipe your surfaces over with soapy water on a regular basis. Afterward, you can dry them with a soft cloth.

· What Type of Décor Can I Achieve with Melamine Paper?

Fortunately, melamine paper can allow you to achieve the vision you have for your spaces. There are many colors and finishes that you can apply to your home. You can achieve minimalist, classic, contemporary, French, eclectic, mid-century modern and many more.

· How Does Melamine Paper Compare to Plastic Laminate?

Melamine paper is worth your coin when compared to plastic laminate. To begin with, plastic laminate costs a bit more than melamine. Besides, plastic laminate requires a bit of skill and more specialized machinery than building with melamine. Melamine is quite suitable for DIY decors.