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Melamine Slatwall Panels vs. Veneer Slatwall Panels Explained…

One of the most common questions about slatwall that we answer is, “What is melamine? What does that mean?” It’s simple, melamine (pronounced [mel – uh – meen]) is a strong, hard plastic compound used in the production of material coverings. In slatwall, it’s the sheet material that’s Hardrock Maple Melamine Slatwall Panelsadhered to the face of the core panel (MDF – Medium Density Fiberboard), which gives the panel it’s look. This low pressure laminate is paper thin, and available in all types of different looking finishes. Woodgrain melamine slatwall finishes however, are pre-finished, and are not real wood surfaces. They’re just designed to look real and are not meant to be sanded or painted.

Red Oak Veneer Slatwall Panels

Veneer slatwall panels on the other hand, are panels that have a real wood or real aluminum face. The Stainable Red Oak (above), and Maple Veneer slatwall panels can be sanded and stained to achieve the look that you need.  They’re a great option if you’re trying to match an existing wood tone, giving you control over the resulting woodgrain color.Brushed Aluminum Veneer Slatwall Panels

Brushed Aluminum Veneer Slatwall panels (above), offer the “no doubt about it” look and feel of real aluminum sheeting which simply can’t be duplicated without some loss of authenticity.

It’s important to note that some finishes are offered in both real veneer and melamine laminate finishes. While they’re similar in name, the visible differences are obvious. Take a look below.mel-vs-veneer

Make sure you have a clear understanding of the available finish types of slatwall panels before you order your slatwall panels so that you get exactly what you need. Next, consider adding the aluminum channel inserts to your panels to increase weight bearing capacity. You’ll be glad you did. Don’t forget about Textured Slatwall Panels. They offer a whole new world of retail store fixture and display panel looks. We’ve also published a slatwall panels installation guide that will answer any questions you have about how to hang your new panels. Lastly, we’re always here to answer any additional questions you may have about your store fixtures and displays. Call us at 866-421-0961 and see for yourself!

Feasel’s Home & Garden Center Adds Beautiful New Maple Veneer Slatwall Displays!

Feasel's Home and Garden Center

Feasel’s Home and Garden Center

When Greg at Feasel’s Home & Garden Center in Findlay Ohio decided it was time to upgrade his retail space, he knew exactly what he wanted and how he wanted it to look. Our Maple Veneer Slatwall with Black Aluminum Groove inserts would look fantastic with a Cabot Semi-Transparent Stain in Bark color. Finished with a Minwax Satin Polyurethane, his panels would be both durable and beautiful. Greg had a plan and knew exactly what he needed to do to get the job done.

Black Slatwall Accessories Compliment the Black Aluminum Inserts

Black Slatwall Accessories Compliment the Black Aluminum Inserts

Maple Veneer slatwall panels feature a Medium Density Fiberboard core panel with a real wood veneer surface. This is ideal for sanding and staining to match an existing finish or creating a new wood tone that you need for your retail display. Standard woodgrain melamine slatwall panels are available in many wood tones but may not match the color that you’re looking for. Low pressure laminate panels also cannot accept a protective polyurethane barrier for added durability.

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