TopGloss

The Highest Edgebanding Quality

Canplast TopGloss™ (previously KLEAR-VU) adds lightness to any design or space.  If you are looking to create an upper end high value look, then Canplast TopGloss™ is worth the investment, and it will be an investment as the cost matches the look.

Canplast TopGloss™ is a clever alternative to genuine glass. It has the visual advantage of glass, without the disadvantages that arise during the processing, transportation and use of glass.

Canplast TopGloss™ Edgebanding provides the highest Edgebanding quality with an environmentally-friendly smile.  Canplast TopGloss™ Edgebanding is made from transparent acrylic and is printed from the reverse providing a solid protection against external damage. The product can easily substitute real metal Edgebanding solutions because it looks identical to metal but offers higher scratch and impact resistance.  Canplast TopGloss™ acrylic Edgebanding is chlorine-free and may be incinerated with general waste.

EDGEBANDING DESIGNS:

Solid Colors

Canplast TopGloss™ solid colors are extremely vivid pronouncing the detail on any furniture.Canplast TopGloss™ solid colors can enhance and compliment any thermofused melamine and high-pressure laminate perfectly. Canplast offers a variety of standard solid colors from stock.

Woodgrain Prints

Canplast TopGloss™ woodgrains are rich in color matching or complimenting elegant furniture. The printing on the back remains fully intact, even on the milled radius. This eliminates picture-frame effects and provides a continuous and harmonious transition from the Edgebanding to the board surface.

Designer Prints

Canplast TopGloss™ designer prints follow the trend for more urban-looking designs. The design opportunities are virtually endless.

Metallic Prints

A growing trend has emerged in the woodworking industry for metallics in combination with other materials such as glass, plastic and wood. Canplast has met this demand with its innovative TopGloss™ metallic line. In contrast to real metallic surfaces, Canplast TopGloss™  withstands scratches, dents and marring since the design is applied on the reverse of an acrylic Edgebanding material. This makes it a perfect choice for applications on table or countertops.

2-in-1 High Gloss

Canplast  2-in-1 Edgebanding is a clever alternative to genuine glass. It consists of two high-gloss colors running in parallel. When 2-in-1 is applied to a high-gloss board, an amazing three dimensional effect is created. It appears as if the high gloss surface is thick and substantial giving the board a higher value appearance.

Iridescent

This appealing design contains a specially formulated ink that reflects light in different colors depending on the angle of the viewer.

Frosted

This Canplast TopGloss™ design impresses through its satinised finish matching frosted glass cabinet door inserts.

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Benefits

  • Sophisticated high-gloss look

  • Durable and long-lasting design

  • Clever alternative to glass

  • Lightweight material

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Materials

Canplast is committed to using only top grade polymers. All materials used are extensively tested prior to initial production using special test procedures that are based on the strict specifications and quality standards of the furniture industry. For this reason, Canplast customers can be confident that our products are made from the very best materials available on the market.

Acrylic (PMMA = PolyMethyl MethAcrylate)

Acrylic (PMMA = Polymethylmethacrylate) is an established high grade thermoplastic, setting new technical and aesthetic furniture edging standards in in the form of the Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding. The transparency of Acrylic furthermore exceeds that of glass.

Machine Processing

Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding is easy to process both  by machine and manually because of it’s unique formulation of materials and excellent processing characteristics

Through-feed

Straight processing of Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding does not problems on conventional Edgebanding gluing machines. However it best to make sure to that neither Edgebanding conveyor nor feed roller will damage the Edgebanding of the machines you are using. Rubberized rollers for Edgebanding feed through have proven their merit in these machines. TopGloss Edgebanding requires meticulous milling of the joints.

Work station processing

Canplast TopGloss is suited especially for processing of curved moldings on CNC controlled machining centers (BAZ) or on semi-automatic Edgebanding processing machines.

TopGloss is particularly suitable for machining, especially for processing of tight radii. As with every thermoplastic material, it is essential to ensure that the material is warm throughout when machining a radius. The surface print color of the CanplastTopGloss Edgebanding is a significant factor in this case. Standard colors such as plain colors or wood finishes easily absorb heat via infrared radiation of the processing machines. Metallic colors, on the other hand, tend to reflect much of this infrared radiation. Additional sources of heat should therefore be available during machining. Hot air units and/or Edgebanding preparation ovens can offer excellent support to processing.

For work station Edgebanding processing, many machine manufacturers (e.g. IMA or HOMAG) recommend applying hot melt Adhesive onto the Edgebanding directly. To prevent damage to the Edgebanding finish, Canplast and the machine manufacturers have together developed special adhesive application rollers. These gluing rollers are modifications of conventional steel rollers. Processing of Edgebanding (including all primed Edgebanding materials) using these special Adhesive application rollers has been tried and tested. Machining centers which apply hot melt Adhesive to the board (such as BIESSE or MORBIDELLI) do not need special rollers for adhesive application.

Rubberized rollers should always be used for conveyance and feeding of Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding through the processing machines

Bonding

Canplast TopGloss is consistently coated with a universal primer to assure perfect bonding to all suitable hot melt adhesives. Special dispersion Adhesive may be used for manual gluing, provided the given pressing time is adhered to (see manual processing). Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding may be glued using most EVA, PA, APAO or PUR5 based hot melt Adhesive.

Adhesion quality is generally best using unfilled or partially filled Adhesive. As with highly heat-resistant types of Adhesive such as PUR6, APAO or PA hot melt Adhesive, the low-shrink material formulation of Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding deliver reliable adhesion, even at higher application temperatures.

This feature is especially advantageous near hobs and ovens in kitchens or for export of furniture in containers.

Free shrinkage of Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding is excellent already even before gluing. The dimensional stability of Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding is another advantage here: Vicat B 50 testing shows that softening of the material only starts at temperatures over 90 (± 3)°C.

It should be ensured with machine gluing that the glue hopper always has sufficient Adhesive available. Apply the Adhesive evenly and in sufficient quantities for beads of Adhesive to be pressed out along the edges of the freshly glued Edgebanding, ensuring that the spaces between chips will be filled and gluing is full-surface. The amount of glue applied depends, among other things, on the density of the chipboard: the lower the density, the hotter the hot melt Adhesive will be required.

The Adhesive manufacturers recommended processing guidelines must be heeded. Depending on the adhesive type and base, the application temperature specified by the manufacturer may vary from 90°C to 210°C. Please note that the thermostats in the hot melt hopper are often inaccurate and may vary considerably from the actual temperature on the application roller. On request, we will gladly provide a list of hot melt Adhesive types suitable for use in machining centers.

Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding cannot be glued using PVAC glues and the cold activation method.

Application temperature

For best results fitting Edgebanding, work with boards and Edgebanding at room temperature (not below 18°C). Material stored outdoors should be warmed up overnight. If the boards or Edgebanding are too cold, the hot melt adhesive will cure before edgeband application. Draughts should for this reason also be avoided.

Wood moisture

The optimal moisture content for further processing of the boards is between 7 and 10%.

Feed rate

Speeds up to 30 m/min. are easily achieved.

Press rollers

Considering machine parameters, the correct number and adjustment of the press rollers is paramount to achieving optimal appearance of the joint. To prevent gaps or cavities from appearing, the pressure of the rollers should be set high enough to ensure full-surface Edgebanding adhesion to the boards. The pressure rollers as such must be clean to prevent pressure marks on the Edgebanding.

Cross-cut blades

Cross-cut blades should be sharp enough to cut the Edgebanding material cleanly, leaving a minimum overhang for cross-cut milling to facilitate final trim by milling.

Cross-cut saw

Cross-cut saws should have their feed rate adjusted to allow clean cutting of the Edgebanding. Single-edged fine-toothed “ES” type saw teeth are advantageous, since they produce a neater cut through the Edgebanding than cross-cut saw blades with “WS” type alternating teeth, for instance.

Flush or radius milling

The overhang for cutting should be the same on both sides and not exceed 1.5 mm. The Edgebanding overhang should preferably not exceed the Edgebanding thickness. Too much overhang will increase the risk of chipping. Special design effects may be achieved by using chamfer bits on Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding. As a rule, multi-blade tools with at least 4 to 6 blades and an operating speed of 12 000 – 18 000 rpm are recommended for chamfering.

Scraping

Scraping of Canplast Edgebanding will yield excellent results with no stress whitening. To prevent stress whitening, plastic scrapings should not exceed 0.1 mm in thickness.

Polishing

After machining, the material may be polished with a soft buffing wheel to achieve virtually any desired gloss. A high gloss is easily achieved with polishing paste. We will gladly provide a list of suitable types on request. Some machine manufacturers are offering mechanical polishing units. Please contact your machine manufacturer in this regard. Adhesive residuals may also be removed using electronically controlled release agent spray guns. It is essential when using auxiliary process agents (such as release agents) to ensure that they do not contain solvents and alcohols, since PMMA should not come into contact with these.

Extraction

Thermoplastic Edgebanding generally require higher extraction power than duroplastic or melamine Edgebanding. Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding have an advantage of lower electrostatic charging compared to other thermoplastic Edgebanding materials.

Manual Processing

Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding may also easily be applied manually, at room temperature. Gluing jigs or Edgebanding clamps would be useful accessories. Adhesive manufacturers can offer special dispersion glues for application without any aids. We will gladly provide a list of suitable types on request.

No contact Adhesive containing solvents should in principle be used!

PUR7 Adhesive or systems with similar characteristics are preferred for special requirements such as kitchen worktops (waterproof and resistant to warping under heat). Chipboards should be masked at the joint during manual application, to prevent staining due to excess glue.

Warming the material at radii

The areas to form should be carefully heated to thermoelastic temperatures (100 – 120 °C), using hot air or infrared heaters. The softened Edgebanding should then be molded using a wooden block to match the shape of the board and fixated using a jig. Be careful not to excessively stretch the material. The edgeband must be clamped in its shape until it cools down. Once fully cooled down, it may be glued as usual (press-on time per Adhesive manufacturer’s instructions). This method applies to both BAZ and standard material.

The Edgebanding overhang may be trimmed using a manual router, for instance. For high durability, diamond-tipped or carbide cutters are recommended. Should smearing occur, the speed of rotation often requires adjusting or the direction of rotation of the router may need to change. Best results are generally achieved by cutting against the feed.

Any chatter marks remaining after milling can be removed or smoothed out with emery paper or abrasive sponge (240 to 400 grain). Top results may be achieved by buffing the material with a buffing wheel and also using polishing agents as required. This facilitates creating the desired level of gloss both on the milled edge and on the face.

Mechanical Characteristics

Resistance to abrasion

Because the surface prints are applied to the back of the Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding, they will be protected against external mechanical stress (such as abrasion and scratches).

Ball indentation hardness/Shore hardness D

Canplast TopGloss Edgebanding achieve excellent surface hardness pursuant to DIN EN ISO 2039-1 or DIN EN ISO 868. Surface damage to the base material (such as scratches or abrasion) may simply be polished away.

Resistance to warpage under heat

Sporting a value of 90 (± 3)°C (pursuant to DIN EN ISO 306), Doellken 3D Edgebanding are superbly suited to applications in the furniture industry and interior finishes.