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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 adhered 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, stained, or painted.
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 (above), feature a real layer of brushed aluminum on the panel face. These panels offer the "no doubt about it" look and feel of real aluminum sheeting which simply
can't be duplicated without some loss of authenticity.
We currently offer Brushed Aluminum Veneer Slatwall as a special order item.
Make sure you have a clear understanding of the types of
slatwall panel finishes
available, before you order your slatwall panels, so you get the best product for your needs.
Ordering slatwall samples
to see finishes first hand can be helpful in making a choice about your slatwall purchase.
Next, consider adding the
aluminum groove inserts
to your panels to increase weight bearing capacity.
If your slatwall application is for displaying heavy items, you'll be glad you did!
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