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Mastering Laminate Application: How to Achieve a Bubble-Free Finish on Plywood

To avoid the formation of air bubbles when using a laminate sheet to decorate plywood, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the Surface: Ensure that the plywood surface is clean, dry, and free from any dust or debris. Sand down any irregularities or rough spots to create a smooth surface.

  2. Measure and Cut the Laminate Sheet: Measure the dimensions of the plywood and cut the laminate sheet slightly larger than the size of the plywood. This extra allowance will allow you to trim the edges later. |

  3. Apply Adhesive: Use 'GENBond' adhesive. Apply an, even layer of adhesive to the plywood surface using a paint roller or brush, following the manufacturer's instructions.

  4. Position the Laminate Sheet: Carefully place the laminate sheet onto the plywood, aligning it properly. Start by positioning one edge and gradually press down the rest of the sheet, smoothing it out as you go. Use a laminate roller or a clean, smooth cloth to remove any air bubbles by pressing firmly from the center outward.

  5. Apply Pressure and Allow Curing Time: After trimming, apply pressure on the laminate sheet using clamps/Abro Tape or heavy objects placed evenly across the surface. Maintain this pressure for at least 48 hours to allow the adhesive to fully cure and create a strong bond between the laminate and the plywood.

  6. Trim the Edges: Once the laminate sheet is in place and free from air bubbles, allow the adhesive to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. Then, use a laminate trimmer or a sharp utility knife to carefully trim the excess laminate from the edges of the plywood, following the shape of the plywood.

  7. Apply Edge Banding (Optional): If desired, apply edge banding to cover the exposed edges of the plywood. Use a laminate trimmer or a sharp utility knife to cut the edge banding to size and adhere it using an appropriate adhesive.

By following these steps, using the recommended 'GENBond' adhesive, applying pressure, and allowing for sufficient curing time, you can minimize air bubble formation and achieve a smooth, professional-looking laminate finish on your plywood.


Please note: Genoa Acrylic laminates do not take any responsibility for air bubble formation during the application process. The formation of Air Bubbles is strictly an application issue and beyond the scope of manufacturing faults.

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