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Ron D Core

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If I were to build an enclosure with edges with a 3" radius round, how would I form and attach the laminate to it securely, and of course without snapping it. Someone told me to heat it up and it will bend. I live in AZ so heating up black laminate in the sun to about 140 degrees shouldn't be a problem. I want to use the gloss black stuff. I thought about the stainless steel stuff, but not for $15/sq.ft!
 
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If you have large pieces i doubt you can bend it that much without it breaking. Even with the thin stuff. If it breaks then you have real problems.
 

Cam S

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I had General grade, and it was fairly thick stuff, no way could have bent it around any kind of corner. Vertical grade should work with that big of a radius. Ask the counter top pro's in your area, they will know for sure.
 

Pete Mazz

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Get postforming grade if you can. Vertical grade will work as well. Keep the "grain" of the phenolic backer running parallel with the bend. 3" radius should be no problem.

Pete
 

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