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Old 06-09-2015, 10:40 AM   #41
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Good choice with not getting gloss black laminate. It will show wear very quickly and because it is applied to a fairly low grade of plywood it will not have a perfectly flat appearance. Often the plywood will "telegraph" through.
Formica used to have an "SP #42" finish that was applied to many of their general purpose (GP) laminates. This was an addition layer that was bonded to the colour layer and is very durable. It did increase the sheen but only slightly.
Having been a profesional cabinetmaker specializing in commercial millwork for well over 20 years seeing gloss black laminate spec'd on jobs makes me shake my head!!!!

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Old 06-09-2015, 11:21 AM   #42
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Thanks for the good information!!! Great to have input from a pro!

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Having been a profesional cabinetmaker specializing in commercial millwork for well over 20 years seeing gloss black laminate spec'd on jobs makes me shake my head!!!!

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Old 06-09-2015, 01:23 PM   #43
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Good choice with not getting gloss black laminate. (snip) Having been a profesional cabinetmaker specializing in commercial millwork for well over 20 years seeing gloss black laminate spec'd on jobs makes me shake my head!!!
Thanks for this info, Paul. Even though I wasn't going to get glossy, it might help others with their decisions.

Also, I just sent you a PM about this subject.
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I still like the Radiance finish for the darker laminates. It's not smooth, but textured. Just provides a higher sheen than the matte, and lends itself well to darker colors, providing more depth.
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:18 PM   #45
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We've ordered the Mineral Jet radiance. I hear what you're saying about it not holding up. But a lot has to do with how you take care of things. I didn't find any other Formica that went well with the fabrics I chose for our trailer, so we're thinking we'll be fine. YMMV.
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:26 PM   #46
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Actually, in looking at some of the darker finishes I am having remorse at having blown the option off....sets off the whole interior so much nicer than the standard Formica, in my opinion anyway....Karen
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I've usually got so much stuff on the counters that I can't see much Formica anyway.
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Good point Glenn!....Karen
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:55 PM   #49
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I've usually got so much stuff on the counters that I can't see much Formica anyway.
Same here
We have 4 people using the 17B. Even the table stays as bed whenever the weather is nice enough outside.

We chose dark counter top to match the stove. I was actually leaning towards some "gold" (glorified yellow?) Formica when I thought we are getting the white stove.
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I've usually got so much stuff on the counters that I can't see much Formica anyway.

Time for a 21!?!
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