We manufacture our own exotic veneers in Japan using specialty slicing techniques. The real wood veneers are then hand-laid with heat-activated PVA adhesives onto the paper-backer then heat pressed for a durable, lasting, and inseparable bond. We produce three primary thicknesses of KamiPLY, 10mil, 20mil and 30mil, with the 20mil being our standard product. The final product, KamiPLY, can then be easily adhered to most any other type of substrates such as wood, MDF, vinyl, melamine, etc. using standard PVA (white glue) or cement adhesives. The low weight (~4 lbs per 4x8) and flexibility of the sheets allow them to be rolled and shipped easily around the world using standard air shipping carriers (USPS, FedEX, UPS, etc.).
Performance Features of KamiPLY
* Improves the balancing and dimensional stability of the laminated substrate
* Reduces the risk of panel warping due to climatic changes
* Moisture resistance
* Unlimited shelf life
* Extremely flexible
* The largest and most complete range of performance options
KamiPLY + Polybak — the Sustainable product
* No added formaldehyde (NAF)
* Green Guard Certified
* Meets Controlled Wood Standards
* Can contribute to LEED credit points—MR 4.1, 4.2, EQ 4.4, 4.5
KamiPLY’s backer, PolyBak, is bondable to various substrates, particle board, MDF, etc., using most standard cold and hot setting adhesives such as PVA or contact cement. When laminating, allow the laminate, substrate and PolyBak backer to reach equilibrium moisture before gluing. This usually requires that all materials be exposed to ambient conditions for a minimum of 48 hours (70 F to 75 F; 45-50% RH). Good air circulation in storage and layup areas is highly recommended. Consult your adhesive manufacturer for adhesive open times, spread rates, curing times, and pressure applications.
How is KamiPLY + PolyBak made?
PolyBak is uniquely manufactured by impregnating Kraft liner board with a polymer resin using a proprietary system. This resin system contains no formaldehyde. KamiPLY is the combination of real wood veneer, standard white heat activated adhesive, heat-pressed onto the PolyBak backer. With proper storage, KamiPLY is a stable product with an unlimited shelf life. KamiPLY should be stored in a cool, dry location.
Clicking on the links below will send readers to Richwood Industries' site for more information regarding PolyBak. We also have a page that explained PolyBak veneers.
Richwood Industries PolyBak
Winkler Woods PolyBak