Phenolic Laminate

Instruction Details

Temperature:
400°F / 204.44°C
Time:
45 seconds
Pressure:
Medium
Prepress:
15 seconds
Substrate:
U4446, U5550, U5551, U5611, U5612, U8513, U8514, U8636 (Part numbers may vary by distributor)

Additional Items Needed

Heat Press Method Instructions

Phenolic is a material that is .050" thick and is used in wide format applications for table tops, counter tops and signage. Instructions for use are based on hardboard. Cutting is done with a saw or a router (no laser) and the edges have to be finished with a sander or the piece has to be framed. Phenolic is usually glued to the final substrate base and the edges are finished from there.

1. Cover the press with a piece of protective paper.

2. Remove the peel coat film from the insert, if it is present (some have it, some do not).

3. Place the phenolic laminate face down on the protective sheet and cover with another sheet of paper.

4. Prepress for 15 seconds.

5) Place a protective sheet of paper on top of the hardboard and allow to cool fully. After cooling, dry any remaining moisture with protective paper.

6. Product presses face-up with image face down and should be affixed using heat tape or Adhesive Spray. Ensure the transfer does not buckle around the edges. Also, any portion of heat tape touching the image will inhibit image transfer in that area and will communicate an impression of the tape in that area.
Should the item warp after pressing, reheat it and place a protective sheet of paper on top of the hardboard and cover with (at least) a 5 lb. weight and allow to cool fully. After cooling, dry any remaining moisture on the hardboard with protective paper.

OUR INSTRUCTIONS ARE BASED ON USING A DK20S, DK3110 AND/OR A COUNTER TOP CONVECTION OVEN. TIMES AND TEMPERATURES WILL VARY DEPENDING ON WHICH EQUIPMENT YOU USE.

Heat Press Pressure Cheat Sheet

Level
PSI
Press Dial Level
Average Human Resistance Felt
Contact Pressure
10-15 psi
1 on press dial
Where the platen just makes physical contact with product
Light Pressure
20 psi
2 on press dial
Resistant with one arm pressing down, easy with two arms
Medium Pressure
40-60 psi
3-5 on press dial
Resistant with two arms pressing down, doesn't require usage of shoulders
Heavy Pressure
80 psi
6 and up on dial
Very resistant with two arms pressing down, requires lifting of elbows and shoulders to lock in place

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