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Old 01-23-2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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Matching Laminate

Tried this question earlier with no responses probably because my thread title wasn't too descriptive.

We have a 2009 28' Flying Cloud. The cabinet surfaces have a laminate finish. It is similar in color to a light oak. The pattern looks something like bamboo??

Is there a source for this laminate? Or, are there any ideas about what species wood and finish approach might make a compatable match to the existing "woodwork"?

Have been reading Pahaska's thread on improvements to his 28' Classic and am inspired. Thanks.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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Have you tried the Formica web site? Also, Home Depot and Menards sell laminate, with a few in-stock and many you can special order in various sizes. I'm sure Lowe's does too, although I have no direct expereince with them and laminate.

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Might be a ''Maple " finish. Can be very similar in appearance to Bamboo. Laminate is actually just paper, super compressed, with a picture of wood on the top layer. You may be able to remove a door or small panel, take it in to a custom cabinet shop or kitchen center that does custom work. I'm not exactly familiar with your trailer or it's interior but it is likely a stock laminate that Airstream uses that should be available to anyone that does laminate work, maybe even Lowes/HD. They may have to order it for you from their suppliers but it should be available. Hope this helps. John
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I have believed it is Formica, but can't remember why. Contractors and manufacturers buy Formica in rolls and cut what they need, then glue it to something like wood, MDF, particleboard, etc.

The rolls will probably be far more than you need, though Formica shouldn't be all that expensive. And Formica is a trade name, but there are other similar products, but like Thermos bottles and Kleenex, all brands are usually called by the popular name.

You can contact customer relations at Airstream to find out exactly what was used.

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You are looking for Nevamar WZ0018 Natural Bamboo plastic laminate. Mostly available in 3' x 8' , 4' x 8' , 5' x 12' sheets. Contact a local cabinet shop and they can order for you. Price varies $.75 to $1.50 per square foot.
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Thanks all. Legandwillyg, have you had the laminate you referenced in hand? I note that you have the same year model Flying Cloud. I went to the manufacturer's web site and looked at their sample. The color looked right; but, the "grain" or pattern didn't. Hard to tell though on those little samples.

If you the laminate figured out for sure, I was thinking maple would be a good trim wood and then experiment to get a close finish. If you have done a project in your trailer, would like your thoughts. Thanks.
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sailorii,

I stand corrected! It is Wilsonart 4861K-07 Gold Alchemy (Premium Aeon).
I have both laminate samples without the trailer handy trying to go by memory, oops! I used this for a bedroom tv mount panel. IMO maple/birch would probably look better than the oak (next to refrig)that is used in mine. I have used a local sherwin williams commercial supplier for matching laminates before and they do a great job.

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Matching Laminate

Thanks Bill for the information.
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I called Airstream, they gave me the brand and number to match the laminate in our coach.
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