Q: What is prefinished
plywood / what are the advantages of using
Our prefinished plywood from Columbia
Forest Products is a domestically manufactured
material. The UV finish has to be factory applied
where the epoxy acrylate finish is cured using
ultra violet light. This produces a very tough
finish that resists scrapes, chips and is easy
Q: Do you carry "Green" Plywood,
Flake, or MDF that has no formaldehyde?
Yes we do. While there are trace amounts
of naturally occurring Formaldehyde in most
living things, all of our plywood from Columbia
Forest Products is manufactured with "Purebond" adhesive,
which has No Urea Formaldehyde. The plywood
can also be ordered prefinished using a NO VOC
(Volatile Organic Compound) Finish. Our Flake
and MDF can also be ordered as NAUF (No Added
Urea Formaldehyde) and FSC certified as well.
Q: What adhesive is recommended to use when
laminating a veneer to a substrate?
Depends what type of backing is used
on the veneer. If 10m, 20m or 2ply veneer a
white PVA glue is recommended. On phenolic backed
veneer contact cement is acceptable as well as
a PVA glue. A veneer manufacturer does not warranty
a contact cement application for veneer to a
Q: What is the difference between natural
veneers and composite veneers?
Composite veneers are a machined
product that will ensure consistency across every
sheet. This is a viable option for an area that
may be high traffic or high use and will sometimes
need to be replaced down the line. Natural veneers
are exactly that. They come from the specific
tree mentioned and usually there is some differentiation
between each log. Also with composite veneers
you have the ability to get looks of species
that are currently not available or have a high
Q: Does Atlantic Plywood stock custom veneers?
Yes we do, in any species and in
any backer. 10 mil, 20 mil, 2 ply wood backer,
and poly backer. Also to go along with the custom
veneers we can manufacture custom panels to your
specifications. Cut to size or full panels as
well as Blueprint match panels.
Q: What are my delivery fees and minimum
We ask for a minimum of $250.00 for
free delivery on our trucks. Orders of $150 to
$249 are charged a $15.00 handling charge.
Q: If certain products aren't in stock at
my local branch, when can I expect to see them?
If the product is in stock at one
of the other Atlantic Plywood branches we use
a transfer system to ship stock between branches
to make as much stock as possible available to
our customer base, usually within a week. When
it is an urgent time issue, Atlantic Plywood
also uses LTL methods to ship product to our
customers as quickly as possible. If the product
needs to be ordered from the manufacturer we
give as accurate a lead time that can be established
by that company.
Q: I am an architect and need sample chips,
how do I order them?
Our specification reps can arrange
to have these sent to you free of charge by simply
calling your local branch.
Q: How long will it take to get a custom
match stain / finish color made?
Generally within 3 - 5 days
Q: What are the causes and solutions of the
top five problems in finishing?
1. Orange Peel; the principal cause
of this problem is related to poor thinning,
to solve this problem adding correct amount
of solvent by mean is the solution. Call the
Atlantic Plywood lacquer specialist to show you
how to spray ML Campbell products at the correct
2. Blushing; the principal causes of this problem
are; low temperature; humid weather, poor thinner
and moisture in spray equipment; to solve this
problem adding 10% of slow retarder like ML Campbell
c1611 Lacquer Retarder and bring the lacquer
to room temperature is recommended.
3. Poor Adhesion of Film; incompatibility between
primers or sealers with topcoats and wood sanded
too smooth are the principal causes of this problem,
so call the Atlantic Plywood lacquer specialist
to help you select the correct system.
4. Printing; insufficient drying time, too heavy
coat and improper catalization are the principal
causes of this problem, so allow longer air drying,
apply lighter coats and follow up manufacturer
recommendation for catalization.
5. Cracking; excessive coating can cause cracks,
call your Atlantic Plywood lacquer specialist
to work with your finisher in number of coats
and wet mill application per coat.