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How to Apply Edgebanding

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

In this month’s blog post we delve into how edgebanding is applied and industry tips on how to achieve the perfect bond.

How is edgebanding applied?

Whether you are working in smaller batches or operating at higher volumes, most edgebanding products today are applied using an automatic edgebander. An automatic edgebander will feed the material, glue the edgebanding to plywood, particle board or MDF panels, and then trim the edges all in one seamless movement.

The back side of Teknaform PVC edgebanding products is treated with a primer which is an integral part of establishing a successful bond with the adhesive.

Hot Melt Glues vs. Polyurethane Hot Melts

Since edgebanding is made from different materials, it is integral to select an adhesive that provides the right bond. Hot melt adhesives are an industry standard for edgebanding application. Ethylene Vinyl Acetate or 90% hot melt adhesive (EVA) is user friendly and cost effective. It is suitable for use with a wide range of edgebanding products including PVC, melamine, ABS, acrylic and wood veneer. It is used for various applications and can be repeatedly re-melted, making it easy to work with.

Polyurethane (PUR) hot melts, on the other hand, harden when dry and cannot be re-melted. This leaves little room for error as it forms a very strong bond. PUR hot melts are a great choice for kitchen and bathroom products as it is resistant to high moisture as well as cleaning agents and is less affected by room temperature which can interfere with the edgebanding bond.

Unsure if you have achieved a perfect bond with your laminate? Teknaform offers a clear tape that can be placed on your board to ensure adequate glue application. Talk to your service representative today for more information.

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