How To Apply Melamine Edging
Any surface that the melamine edging is being applied to should be completely stripped of everything including paint, varnish, paper, tiles or other veneer. A clean, sound and heatproof surface is required for good adhesion.
To apply, iron on with a medium to hot setting, using a normal domestic iron (do not use steam). Please bear in mind that irons vary in specification, so, for example medium on one could be hot on another.
A cloth or sheet should be used between the edging and iron for protection. Starting at one end, run the iron up and down the edging several times until it is bonded, then using a cloth covered block rub with some pressure to ensure a good bond. Care should be taken not to damage the edging, so do not use too much pressure. For larger projects it is possible to bond multiple pieces side by side.
It is always a good idea to practice with an off-cut before moving on to the main project.
Edgings are meant to be wider than the panel(s) they are being applied to. Once bonded, there are several ways to clean up the edges. If the edges are only slightly proud, then a sanding block with very fine sandpaper could work quite well. If there is more material overlapping, it can be trimmed with a special edge trimmer, or gently knocked with a block. The idea is for the edging to break off lengthways, only to the point where it is bonded. Once this has been done, the edge should be smoothed with a sanding block and very fine sandpaper. This method does take some practice, so again a trial run is a good idea. It is also essential that a good bond has taken place otherwise the edging could break off on the actual decorative, edged area.
The aforementioned is offered as a general guideline only and is not exhaustive. If you are unsure, have any problems, queries or would just like some advice, please don't hesitate to contact us.