The brand Merino Laminates hit the market in 1981, later the Merino Group extended its activity to the manufacture of laminates, having entered the segment of the interior with plywood in 1974.
About Merino Group: Founded in 1968, the Merino Group today has done business for US $ 165 million in various business areas including rolled products, Biotechnology (Agriculture and Food Processing) and Information Technology (IT ). We strive constantly to maintain excellence and ethics in all our businesses.
We export to 60 countries around the world, employing 3,000 people through three production centers, 19 offices in India and one office in the USA.
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Chemical Resistant Tops


Product Description:
Merino Chem+ Lab Grade Laminate is intended for application to Horizontal and vertical surfaces where design, appearance, quality, durability and resistance to relatively strong chemicals like acids, alkalis, corrosive salts and other staining substances are required.

A very special acrylic resin formulation is applied over decorative surface paper to achieve highest degree of chemical resistance together with a maximum scratch resistance. The decorative paper is impregnated with several acrylic coating to make the surface free from any porosity and then hardened by electron beam curing. The impregnated decor paper then is assembled with several layers of phenolic resin treated Kraft paper and pressed under 90Kg/sq cm specific pressure and at about 150°C temperature for about 30 to 40 min.



Chemical Resistant – Merino Chem+ Lab Grade Laminate is resistant to large number of relatively strong chemicals used in a laboratory making it ideal to be used in Chemical, Analytical, micro – biological, healthcare, pharmaceuticals & educational laboratories

List of Chemicals: Merino Chem+ Lab Grade Laminate is resistant to :
(** – slight change in gloss level)


  • Glacial Acetic acid 99%
  • Formic Acid 85%
  • Hydrochloric acid 36%
  • Phosphoric Acid 85%
  • Nitric Acid 65%(**)
  • Sulphuric Acid 96% (**)
  • Carbolic Acid (Phenol) 85%
  • Chromic Acid 60%
  • Citric Acid 10%
  • Perchloric Acid 60%


  • Ammonium Hydroxide 28%
  • Potassium Hydroxide 15%
  • Sodium Carbonate (saturated)
  • Sodium Hydroxide 40%
  • Sodium Sulphide 15%

General Reagents:

  • Sodium Hypochlorite 5%
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 3%
  • Trisodium Phosphate 30%
  • Zinc Chloride
  • Sucrose 50%
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Mineral oil
  • Vegetable oils
  • Sodium Chromate
  • Potassium permanganate (**)
  • Silver Nitrate (**)
  • Formalin
  • Copper sulphate
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Ethylene Glycol
  • Benedics solution
  • Pine oil

Stains and Indicators:

  • Bromothymol Blue
  • Phenolphthalein
  • Methyl Red
  • Methyl Orange
  • Gentian violet
  • Methylene Blue
  • Karl Fisher reagent
  • Naphtha
  • Lysol
  • Nigrosine
  • Crystal violet
  • Cresol red
  • Thymol Blue


  • Acetone
  • Amyl Acetate
  • Benzene
  • Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Cresol
  • Ethyl Acetate
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketone
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Toluene
  • Xylene

Hospital & Health Care:

  • Amyl Alcohol
  • Aniline Blue
  • Chloroform
  • Ethyl Alcohol
  • Iodine Tincture (**)
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Mercurochrome
  • Tincture Benzoin compound
  • Zinc Oxide
  • PVP Iodine Swab

House Hold Products:

  • Ceramic Cooktop cleaner
  • Cooktop cleaning cream
  • Chlorine Bleaches
  • Coffeepot Cleaners
  • Crystal Drain Openers
  • Hair colourings
  • Nail polishes
  • Shoe polishes
  • Lime Removers
  • Metal Cleaners
  • Stain remover
  • Oven cleaners
  • Rust Removers
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaners
  • Sani-Flush
  • Pencil
  • Wax Crayon
  • Yellow mustard

Anti Bacterial (Hygienic) – Merino Chem+ Lab Grade Laminate is free from porosity, making it anti bacterial in nature

Durability – Merino Chem+ Lab Grade Laminate provides a highly durable surface in lab conditions and has better abrasion & Scratch Resistance

Application Area:

  • Vertical
  • Horizontal

Ideal for:

  • Sinks
  • Counters
  • Cabinets,
  • Casework fronts
  • Wall panels
  • Lab benches
  • Chemical, scientific, pathogenic laboratories
  • Clinics
  • Photographic laboratories
  • Nursing stations
  • Examination and treatment room etc
FINISH4’x8’  (1220mmX2440mm)4’x10’ (1220mmX3050mm) 5’x12’  (1550mmX3660mm)

1.0 mm & above in Standard Grade

Chem+ Black (27066) / Chem+ Grey (27089) / Chem+ White (27081)


Merino Chem+ Lab Grade Laminate must be bonded to reliable quality of substrate like Industrial grade particle board, Medium density fibre board or cabinet grade plywood. The substrate should be sanded smooth, clean and free from any oil or grease mark on the surface. This laminate should not be pasted on wall plaster, gypsum board or concrete.

Contact adhesives are recommended to be used for pasting with substrate. PVAC or white glue, urea and resorcinol adhesives are suitable for bonding with this laminate.

When Merino Chem+ Lab Grade Laminate will be pasted on one side of the substrate, Care should be taken to ensure proper balancing of the composite by pasting high pressure balancing or high pressure phenolic laminate known as Backer, on the other side of the substrate.

Care should be taken to ensure an appropriate acclimation balance between the laminate and the substrate prior to fabrication. The decor surface, substrate and backing laminate should be conditioned in the same environment for 48 hrs before fabrication.

Recommended conditioning temp is about 24°C and 50% relative Humidity.

Care & Maintenance

Sheets should be stored horizontally with the top sheet turned face down and a thick hard board placed on top to protect the material from possible damage and reduce the chances of getting warped. Stored laminate stock should be rotated such that older sheets will be used first. Laminate sheets should be protected from moisture, and should never be stored where they may come in contact with the floor or outside wall. Always carry the sheets vertically. Never slide the sheet but, lift it while moving it from one place to another. We recommend that ideally two people should carry a full size sheet as carelessness can damage the decorative surface.

Use a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent to clean the surface. Use of abrasive cleaners, powders, scouring pads, steel wool, sandpaper, etc., will damage the finish and can permanently reduce the chemical and stain resistance of the laminate. Good laboratory practice dictates that all chemical spills should be wiped up promptly. Stubborn stains may be removed by use of organic solvent or hypochlorite bleach, followed by wiping with a soft, damp cloth.


  • Abrasives: Abrasive pads, scouring powders or cleansers may permanently damage the laminate surface making it susceptible to staining
  • Hot objects: Even though HPL has high heat resistance, exposure to temperatures greater than 135°C is not recommended. Hence, do not place hot frying pans or dishes directly from the oven or cook top on the laminate surface. As a precaution, protect the surface from heat generating appliances such as pressing irons, toasters, curling irons and electric cookers by using a trivet or insulated pad. Prolonged exposure to temperatures above 65°C may result in separation of the laminate from the substrate
  • Sharp objects: Never use knives or other sharp objects directly on the decorative surface. Use of chopping block or counter saver is recommended
  • Impact: Even though High Pressure Decorative Laminates have excellent impact resistance, chipping or cracking may occur. Do not abuse the High Pressure Decorative Laminate by dropping heavy objects such as cans, dinnerware, or glasses or deliberately hammering directly on the surface
Test Data
Scratch Resistance (N)3.1Rating – 4, >5NN/A
Wear Resistance (Cycle)3.13>400 cycle400 (min)
Boiling Water Resistance3.5No effectNo effect
High Temp Resistance3.6No effectSlight effect
Ball Impact Resistance3.8>60” (1530 mm)50” (1250 mm)
Stain Resistance:
Reagent 1-10
3.43.4No effect
No effect
No effect Moderate effect
Dimensional Change :3.110.3%
0.5% (max)
0.9% (max)
Machine direction
Cross direction
Appearance3.1No ABC defectNo ABC defect
Gloss Level (60* angle)NA11-12NA

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Limited Warranty

Merino Industries Limited & Merino Panel Product Ltd. warrant that, under normal use & service, the material & workmanship of their products shall confirm to the standards set forth on the applicable technical data sheet for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of sale to the first consumer purchaser. Dealers & distributors are provided with the technical data sheets, which contain specific standards of performance of the product. In the event that a Merino Industries Limited or a Merino Panel Product Limited Product does not perform as warranted, the first purchaser’s sole remedy shall be limited to repair or replacement of all or any part of the product, which is defective, at the manufacturer’s sole discretion. This warranty is not transferable, and expires upon resale or transfer by first purchaser. This warranty shall not apply to defects or damage arising from any of the following: Accidents, abuse or misuse, exposure to extreme temperature, improper fabrication or installation, improper maintenance. No other warranties, expressed or implied, are made. Under no circumstances shall the manufacturer be liable for any loss or damage arising from the purchase, use, or inability to use the product, or for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages. No fabricator, installer, dealer, agent or employee of Merino Industries Limited and Merino Panel Product Limited has the authority to modify the obligation or limitation or this warranty.


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