STORAGE It should be stored in closed rooms, ventilated and dry, protected from the sun, rain, frost and splash of chemical products, in compact piles. The packages will be placed on a level and flat surface, and the boards will be kept packed in conditions similar to those of the original packaging for the proper maintenance of their properties. When the packages are stacked, vertical alignment of the supports is recommended to avoid deformation. Avoid that the board is subjected to differentiated humidity and temperature conditions for each of its faces. Storage is especially critical in the case of Fibracolour Negro Ignifugo, so it is very important to keep the original packaging or very similar and avoid any humid environment to preserve its physical-mechanical properties in optimal conditions. It is recommended to pay special attention to dry and lateral blows, and handle the board with care to avoid damage. Especially in case of Greenpanel, given its characteristics, it can be damaged in the corners and edges, as well as inside it, and the top board will preferably be protected by a lid for proper storage and transport.
ACLIMATATION. Wood and any board derived from it, for its hygroscopic properties, captures and gives moisture from the surrounding environment, depending on the temperature and humidity conditions of said environment, which causes dimensional variations. The pre-conditioning of the boards is recommended. Before processing, it is recommended to acclimate it to the environment for at least 2 days before use. In the case of commissioning (coatings, etc.), they must be stabilized at the installation site to achieve balance and minimize dimensional variations once installed. HANDLING The product must be handled with due precautions, avoiding intense friction between the faces that may cause damage to the decorative surface.
MACHINING AND CUTTING For the cutting and machining of the board, the tools commonly used for other boards derived from wood can be used. It is important to assure a good result a correct sharpening and maintenance of the cutting tools, as well as the elimination of vibrations in the machine, and to follow other good practices recommended in carpentry works. It is recommended to consult your usual tool provider for more information and advice. It is recommended to mechanize the edge of the board avoiding the straight edges, especially with decorative melamine.
CLEANING. Previously finished surfaces should be free of dust or dirt and sanding marks. Pre-sanding of fine grain is recommended before the application of any surface treatment such as lacquer, varnish or oils. The melamine board can be cleaned with a damp cloth and a neutral cleaning agent in small doses. Avoid abrasive elements and excessively acidic or basic solutions. Long exposures with damp surfaces and / or direct contact with water should be avoided.
INSTALLATION. The method of installation and fixation is critical when it comes to ensuring adequate behavior of the boards placed on site. The boards, due to their hygroscopic behavior, yield and absorb moisture from the surrounding air or nearby elements, which is why it is very important to acclimatize before installation and leave expansion joints in the perimeter of the panel once installed on site, in the case of paneling.
SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS. Because of the manufacturing process, the boards colored in mass can present variations of tonality, not guaranteeing a uniformity in the color between boards. For that reason it is recommended: Preferably use boards from the same manufacturing lot. Prior to its use, make a comparison between the boards of the same or different thicknesses to check their tonality. The color must always comply with the range of colorimetry parameters specified in the technical sheet. When applying a surface treatment (varnish, oil, wax, ...) we recommend carrying out a preliminary test on a representative sample to check the compatibility of the coating with the board. It must be taken into account that transparent finishes can modify the initial tone of the board obscuring it. We recommend the use of a sealant product before applying the surface treatment. Edge sealing is recommended to ensure good board performance. In the case of pigmented transparent finishes, there may be slight variation in shade between the surface of the board and the edges due to a greater absorption in the latter. The sealing of the edges mitigates this effect. High strength natural pigments are used in its manufacture, however direct exposure to sunlight should be avoided to avoid discoloration. These recommendations are also valid for the Fibracolour TEX EZ, whose tonality can also vary superficially after the pressing process.