Duoprime enables a new generation of Laminate Flooring and Furniture Panels
The next generation flooring laminate
The next generation flooring laminate is destined to revolutionize laminate flooring, similar to when LVT revolutionized vinyl flooring. This revolution is enabled by Duoprime M1814, with its covalent binding between melamine surface and acrylate top coatings.
For the first time, perfect mimicking of wood parquet is possible using laminate floor panels and a thin coating of a UV-laquer chemically bonded to the melamine surface. Color contrast as in wetted wood and identical surface feel and gloss are guaranteed thanks to the use of modified wood UV-top coats as the final layer. Grooves and other surface structures are perfectly retained when a very thin coating is applied, making it possible to produce super matte open structures replicating high end wood parquet flooring.
Technically, the surface is 50-100% better than wood parquet flooring in Hamberger Hobel and Pull-off tests, and better than melamine in terms of micro scratch and water resistance, making these floors a formidable competitor to LVT and designed wood parquet floors.
Similar to flooring laminate, furniture panels get many benefits from Duoprime M1814.
Panels are an excellent material, cost-efficient, robust and with high design flexibility. But there are situations when the surface needs to be tuned post press, eg. to modify gloss levels, achieve anti-fingerprinting properties, removing the gray haze of uncoated dark colored laminates, or adding desired tactile properties.
Furniture laminates are indeed coated already today, but mainly for vertical surfaces or low-wear applications. Duoprime M1814 ensures excellent wear resilience over time and water resistance irrespective of variations in melamine surface properties. This is true for any application, including high wear applications.
Duoprime M1814 covalent bonds to melamine enable the strong adhesion required for thick high gloss systems or very thin two-layer coatings for matte surfaces.