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Chicago, IL 60631

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Q: What sizes of pvc edgebanding do you carry?

A: Most of the pvc edge banding tape we stock at Collins Supply in Chicago is 15/16 x .018 and 15/16 x 3MM. Our downloadable cataloge only lists a fraction of the pvc colors and edge banding thicknesses that Collins Supply stocks. We also stock both white and black pvc in 1MM x .018 and some commonly used edge banding colors in 15/16 x .020, 15/16 x .024 and 15/16 x 2MM.  

 

 

Q: If I want a color in a different pvc width or edge banding thickness what do I do?

A: In this case, you would need to place a production order. Normally a production run is a minimum of 20 rolls in either the thin or thick edge banding. The lead time will typically take 2-3 weeks for a custom pvc width or edge banding thickness.  We can sometimes do a smaller production run with an up charge.

 

 

Q: What is your range of widths and thicknesses for pvc tape production runs?

A: We can run any pvc tape width from 5/8” to 2&¼” and any thickness from .018 to 3MM. Generic edging colors (white, black, almond) can be run up to 7 ½” in the .018 thickness. Minimum quantities will apply.


Q: I have a specific color that I need in two different widths. Can I combine these two sizes to reach the 20 roll minimum?

A: No. All production runs need to be of the same width, thickness or color. So, for example, if you needed 15/16 x .018 and 1&3/4 x .020 in Wilsonart 7928 Castle Oak, you would need to order 20 rolls of each. However, you can look into a smaller production run with an up charge.  


Q: I need a roll of a color that I do not see on your list. Is it available?

A: Almost any pvc color is available in production run quantities. If you need 15/16 x .018 in smaller quantities, we can usually supply that to you, although there may be an up charge for the hard-to-find colors.

 
Q: I only need 50 feet of a color. Can you cut this off a roll and send it to me?

A: No. Our minimum order as a supplier is one roll. A single edge banding roll of 15/16 x .018 is 600 feet, and for the 3MM that is 300 feet.


Q: Do you carry pre-glued PVC edge banding tape?

A: Yes. Any of our .018 thick pvc edge banding or wood veneer edge banding can be preglued. There is a $20 up charge for this service. Since we apply the hot melt adhesive at the time of order, please allow an extra 24-48 hours for this service.  We also sell pre-glued Polyester edgebanding or Iron-on edge banding in 13/16" x 250'.

Q: Many veneer species and sizes are listed in the price list. Are all wood veneer sheets stocked?
A: In our warehouse we stock the standard species in 4' x 8's in both the 10 mil and 2Ply or WOW(wood on wood) backers. Depending on availability, other species may take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks to arrive.

 

Q: Are there any other backers available besides the 10 mil and 2Ply?

A: Yes. Other backers available through special order are 20 mil, 30 mil and Pressure Sensitive Adhesive(PSA), also called Peel-N-Stick.

 

Q: What is the difference between the 10mil and the 2Ply?

A : The difference is strictly in the backer. The 10 mil product has a 10 mil paper backer apply to the veneer and has a total thickness of approximately 20 mils. The 2Ply has a wood backer (approximately 30 mils thick and usually made of Okume or Obeche veneer) applied to the veneer, for a total thickness of approximately 40 mils. Total thickness on all veneers varies slightly from wood to wood. The face veneer is the same in both. 

 

Q: What sizes are available?

A: Sizes include: 4'x8', 4'x10', 4'x12', 8'x4', 10'x4', 12'x4', 5'x8', 5'x10', 5'x12', 8'x5' and 10'x5'.

 

Q: Are the sheets exactly 4’ x 8’, 4’ x 10’, etc.

A: The sheets are generally 1/8” to 1/4” oversized across both the width and length.

 

Q: What do the letters FC and QC stand for?

A: FC stands for Flat Cut (same as Plain Sliced) and QC stands for Quarter Cut.

 

Q: What does sequencing mean?

A : Sequencing refers to a set of veneer sheets that have been produced in a specific order and from the same log. The number of sheets in a sequence is limited by species and cut. Some woods and cuts, such as rotary veneers or burls, Birdseye Maple and Lacewood cannot be sequenced. Please call us with specific requests.

 

Q: Can any of the veneers be sanded?

A: For a more complete answer please refer to our Application instructions. However, when sanding please sand only with 80 grit sandpaper and be sure veneer and substrate are free of paint, grease, dirt, dust, oil or any other foreign matter. Hand sanding only.  Remember that you have only a thin veneer of wood that you are working with, and any mechanical sander may cause you to sand through the wood.

 

Q: Can the veneer be applied to drywall or metals?

A : Any of the backed veneers should not be applied directly to drywall. Apply to another substrate first, and then apply to the drywall. Backed veneers have been successfully applied to metals, but only with great care. Experiment first with the particular metal, and remember that it is a non-porous surface and some adhesives may not work with it. Contact your adhesive supplier with specific questions. Pressure sensitive adhesives are not recommended for work with metals. 

 

Q: Can heat loosen the bond between the backer and the veneer?

A : A thermosetting adhesive is used to bond the veneer and the backer. It will resist temperatures up to 280 degrees F.

 

Q: What are some naturally occurring characteristics that may show up in my veneer sheets?

A: There may be any number of markings that show up in your veneer, depending on the species, that are not defects, but rather add to the natural beauty of the wood. Some of these are: Bark Pocket, a small area of bark around which normal wood has grown. Gum, black spots that can occur in Black Cherry veneer. These can be very irregular in pattern across the veneer. Mineral, dark patches the are in the wood. Pin Knot, small knots found throughout the veneer sheet. These are generally less than ¼” in diameter and do not contain a dark center.

 

Q: What is difference between the cuts of veneer?

A: The primary decorative veneer cutting methods are Rotary, Flat Cut (also called Plain Sliced) Quartered, Rift, and Half-Round. Click to download an illustration of cutting methods. 

 

Q: One of my customers used the term bloodline. What is this?

A: A "bloodline" is a grain patterns of dark red streaks that may occur in mahogany species.

 

Q: What is flake? Is it the same as fleck?

A:  Flake and fleck are generally the same thing. It is the portion of the medulary ray as it appears on a quartered surface. Flake can often dominate the surface in a quartered cut.

PVC EDGE BANDING
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VENEER WOOD SHEETS

Q: What widths do you stock in wood edge banding?

A: Mainly 7/8” x 500' (automatic), but some standard species in 15/16" x 500'(automatic) and 13/16” x 250' (pre-glued). Pre-finished wood banding species are also available to order from our Chicago warehouse.  

 

Q: What other sizes are available?

A: We can slit any width from ½” to 4”, however this normally takes 24 hours from the time of order. However, if you call us with an order early in the day (before 11:00 a.m. CST) we can sometimes ship a special width edge banding out the same day.


Q: What thicknesses are available?

A: Regular thicknesses are .020(1/2MM), 1MM, 1.6MM, 2MM and 3MM. All are available in rolls. We normally do not stock strips of edgebanding.


Q: I have been told that your wood edgebanding has a fleece backer. What does that mean?

A: Our wood edge banding is produced utilizing a 25-gram fleece with a reinforced nylon as a backer. This helps maintain the stability and moisture content of the wood, and helps with the edge gluing process. The veneer is joined with staggered finger joints leaving a virtually invisible joint.


Q: I am looking for a wood edgebanding that I do not see on your list. What is the availability of special orders?

A: Almost all available veneers can be made into edgebanding. However, lead times and minimum orders may apply.


Q: Can you produce edgebanding to match my existing stain?

A: Yes. With a sample we can match virtually any stain. Minimums and lead times may apply.

If you still have questions after reading our edge banding FAQ section, please contact us! Whether you have a question about pressure sensitive adhesives or deciding between peel & stick wood tape or pre-glued edge banding, we can help. Our digital catalog offers a variety of pvc, wood edgebanding, veneers sheets and hot melt adhesives to best fit your projects needs. Email or call Collins Supply for your specific project questions.