Two Pack Paint vs High Pressure Laminate
Very popular in recent times due to its perceived low cost is the two pack surface finish which is often written and specified as “2 pac”. Two pack is a specialised two part painted finish originally derived from the automotive industry and generally applied via spray gun to the face and edges of doors and panels. Two pack surface finishes, due to the nature of production environments are difficult to control hence particles such as dust can be wedged under the surface of the paint causing a poor quality finish. This poor finish is made visually worse when a high-gloss finish is required.
The construction industry for some time has been led by a market myth that two pac surfaces are a cheaper option to laminate, which is in most instances not correct. This fact, coupled with the significant cost of ongoing aesthetic repairs for end users/retailers (often requested via shopping centre management) are only two significant factors as to why High Pressure Laminate (HPL) is a far superior commercial material for cupboard doors, benchtops, shelving and internal cladding.
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