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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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Finguard Laminate

PRODUCTS RANGE
DETAILED DESCRIPTION
INTRO

A range of world class surfaces with the style that compliments your lifestyle. Years of research and fine manufacturing has resulted in a masterpiece we call Finguard. It is a range of surfaces unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Crafted with the latest technology, it is anti-bacterial and hygienic, extra resistant to scratch & UV rays, and comes with a finishing touch that reflects a soft and warm feel.A range of world class surfaces with the style that compliments your lifestyle. Years of research and fine manufacturing has resulted in a masterpiece we call Finguard. It is a range of surfaces unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Crafted with the latest technology, it is anti-bacterial and hygienic, extra resistant to scratch & UV rays, and comes with a finishing touch that reflects a soft and warm feel.

1. Crafted with precision, smoothened for perfection. These surfaces have been crafted to curve at the edges, giving your surface a clean and classy finish. Our post-forming technology allows the laminate to bend in a streamlined manner, keeping the design as beautiful as ever.

2. Resistant to fingerprints, not memories. Coated with a layer of anti-finger-print material, the Finguard surfaces are resistant to smudges and maintain their class throughout, helping you make memories for lifetime.

3. Softness that lasts a lifetime. Finguard surfaces have an ingrained moleskin like texture that is not only smooth but has the strength to last for lifetime. These surfaces are the perfect blend of great engineering and artistic design that will add the perfect touch of class to your life.

4. Anti Bacterial. Anti Mundane. Finguard surfaces have been perfected for every kind of use. We’ve been fearless in making it resistant to spills, scratches and even bacteria, making it the perfect canvas for all things interesting.

SPECIFICATION

Available sizes

  • 1220mm X 2440mm
  • 1220mm X 3050mm
  • 1300mm X 2440mm
  • 1300mm X 3050mm

Thickness available
(Thin laminate in single side)

  • 8mm
  • 0mm
  • 2mm
  • 5mm

Compact in double side

  • 3.0mm to 25mm
FABRICATION

High pressure laminates(HPL) should be properly conditioned to their ambient surroundings before they are used. HPL and the substrate need at least 48 hours to get acclimatized. Provision should be made for the circulation of air around the component. The recommended conditioning temperature is about 24°C. Laminates should be conditioned at 45% to 55% relative humidity.

Sawing: To avoid chipping, it is important that the saw blade teeth cut into the decorative face.

Circular sawing: Always provide support to the material near the point of blade contact to avoid vibration that causes chipping. Blades with trapezoid tooth configuration and both tungsten carbide and diamond tip blades have proved to be excellent tools for sawing high pressure decorative laminates.

Routing: Routing may be done with electric or air powered carbide tip routers. Router speed should be maintained at 16000 to 22000 rpm. It is important to use a router having adequate horsepower to maintain cutting speeds (based on the type and amount of material to be cut). For special edge trimming, very high speed routers are available which produce smooth-edge chip-free work. Sharpness of the router cutters should be maintained.

Polyvinyl acetate types (White glue): Polyvinyl acetate (PVA) emulsion adhesives may be used for bonding laminates to wood substrates where resistance to moisture and high heat are not required in the application (e.g. furniture, kitchen cabinets and office partitions). They may be both room temperature and hot pressed setting adhesives requiring only that the water in the emulsion be absorbed by the components. Catalyzed PVA offers improved moisture and heat resistance.

Care & Maintenance

Maintenance:

  • Abrasives: Abrasive pads, scouring powders or cleansers may permanently damage the laminate surface making it susceptible to staining
  • Harsh chemicals: Harsh chemicals such as oven cleaner, toilet cleaner, or drain cleaner will etch and discolour the decorative surface. High Pressure Decorative Laminates are not designed to resist continual contact with these chemicals. If any of these products spill over the surface, remove immediately, rinse thoroughly, and wipe dry
  • Hot objects: Even though HPL is high heat resistance, exposure to temperatures greater than 135°C (275°F) 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

Cleaning:

  • To clean the surface, use a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent
  • Stains belonging to group 2 such as coffee or tea can be removed using a mild household cleaner/detergent and a soft bristle brush
  • If a stain persists, apply a paste of baking soda and water with a soft bristled brush. Light scrubbing, 10 to 20 strokes should remove most stains. Although baking soda is a low abrasive, excessive scrubbing or exerting too much force may damage the decorative surface, especially if it has a gloss finish
  • Stubborn stains belonging to Group 3 and 4, which resist any of the above cleaning methods, may require the use of undiluted household bleach or nail polish remover. Apply the bleach or nail polish remover to the stain and let it stand no longer than two minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry. This step may be repeated if the stain appears to be going away and the colour of the laminate has not been affected

Warning:

  • Prolonged exposure of the laminate surface to bleach will cause discoloration. Acid based cleaners will permanently damage the laminates. Never allow these cleaners, or bottles, rags or other items contaminated with these cleaners, to come in contact with the laminates. Wipe such areas immediately and rinse thoroughly with water.
Test Data
PropertiesTest Method
(EN438-2005)
UnitValues as per
EN 438-2005
Merino Value
DensityEN ISO
1183:1987
kgm³Greater & equal to 1350>1400
Resistant to surface wearEN 438-2.10RevolutionGreater & equal to 350>500
Micro Scratch ResistantASTM: D6037-96
Reapproved 2008
%Retain >%95 GlossClass-1
Resistant to scratchingEN 438-2.25Rating3>3
Resistant to stainingEN 438-2.26Rating Group
-2&1 Group-3
Greater & equal to 5
Greater & equal to 4
>5 >4
Resistant to impact by small diameter ballEN 438-2.20N(min)20>22
Resistant to dry heat at 180°CEN 438-2.16Rating45
Dimensional stability at elevation temperaturesEN 438-2.17%Long
%Cross
Greater & equal to .55
Greater & equal to 1.05
<0.45
<0.90
Resistant to immersion in boiling waterEN 438-2.12Rating4>4
Gloss at 60° AngleGloss MeterLevelNA2-4
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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