Coloured MDF is made in a similar way to normal MDF, except that pigments are mixed with the wood fibres before the board is pressed to make it 100% through-coloured. MDF produced using this process offers a uniform coloured piece of wood, equally resistant to daylight and to artificial light.
Articles produced using coloured MDF will only require a clear finish to seal the surface once the panels have been given a finishing sand. This will bring out the full colour, which is integrated into the very fibres of the panel.
Every care is taken to ensure the colour of an individual panel is within internal controls. As is the case with any product manufactured using a dyeing process, variations in colour or hue may occur as the individual wood fibres take up varying amounts of the dye, with some colours more susceptible to colour variations than others. Use of panels from within the same batch of a single thickness along with careful selection before final incorporation will minimize this natural characteristic and offer the best possibility of achieving uniformity of colour throughout your project.
Standard colour range
Special colours can be manufactured to order, subject to the limitations of the dyeing process, e.g. it is not possible to achieve a specific RAL colour or white.
The minimum production quantity for special manufacture is 90m3 per colour:
8mm = 11250m², 12mm = 7500m², 16mm = 5625m², 19mm = 4700m², 22mm = 4090m², 25mm= 3600m², 30mm = 3000m²
Colour Extra (moisture resistant, deep rout coloured MDF):
This coloured MDF is dyed with organic pigments. It is not only moisture resistant, but also has excellent deep rout properties and mechanical resistance around 30% higher than standard MDF panels. It can be cut & shaped in great detail using standard woodworking tools.
The high melamine content in the makeup of the panel acts as a lubricant, and offers an extremely high level of performance, giving this coloured MDF panel excellent machining properties.
Supplied as pallets/single sheets: size 2500x1250mm generally delivered within 2 days - some 3750x1250mm stocked
Items marked * generally available for immediate delivery in less than full pallet quantities in
most colours. Some 3750x1250mm also held in stock.
Non-stock panel sizes available to special order in pallet quantities within a relatively short period of time.
Colour FR-B (fire retardant, moisture resistant, deep rout coloured MDF):
This fire retardant coloured MDF is available to special order in 8mm, 12mm, 16mm & 19mm thickness in most colours. These panels can be bought in minimum single pallets of 8mm & 19mm or manufactured specially in a relatively small minimum production quantity of 10m3 per item (= 526m2 @ 16mm).
This fire resistant coloured MDF product achieves a fire reaction rating of EN 13501 Class B-s2,d0, in addition to offering the normal characteristics of Colour Extra.
NB: The colours may vary slightly from Colour Extra due to the different flame retardant resins used in its production
Colour FRB - minimum four pallets per item: available to special order
8mm & 19mm Black available to special order in single pallet quantities. All other items subject to 10m3 minimum production quantity
All coloured MDF panel types can all be overlaid with our full range of veneers, high pressure laminates (HPL), and other surface coatings, for instance linoleum for use as counter tops.
The possibilities are endless:
CNC and hand controlled routers, spindle moulders or other power tools may be used with Colour Extra in order to produce stunning, colourful products, as can be seen from the images above. These patterns (along with any viable special design you can create) can be supplied pre-machined in their raw state, or we can supply them prefinished if preferred.
Virtually any pattern can be produced from a CAD drawing in single or multiple sheets of this high-grade coloured MDF, and some examples of our range of sculptured panels to show what can be achieved are shown below.
Advantages of Colour Extra & Colour FRB coloured MDF:
- Uniformity of colour throughoutUniformity of colour throughout
- Environmentally friendly
- Non toxic
- Can be fitted without further finishing - maintains its technical and decorative Can be waxed or varnished
- Mechanical resistance 30% higher than standard MDFFce 30% higher than standard MDF
- Moisture resistant
- Excellent for deep and heavily patterned CNC machining
- Colour FRB also fire retardant to EN 13501 Class B,s2-d0
FSC / PEFC Certification:
These certification systems allow you to purchase wood-based products safe in the knowledge that they have been sensibly and sustainably managed all along the supply path from when the tree was cut down from the forest, right to the point they arrive with you.
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Examples of the boards in use:
Technical specification (Colour Extra):
|Formeldehyde level - dry (mg/100g):||≤8||≤8||≤8||≤8||≤8||≤8||≤8||EN 120|
|Bending strength (N/mm²):||42||40||38||38||36||36||36||EN 310|
|Modulus of elasticity (N/mm²):||3400||3200||3100||3100||3000||3000||3000||EN 310|
|Thickness swell (%) - in 24 hours:||12||10||8||8||8||7||7||EN 317|
|Internal bond (N/mm²):||0.80||0.80||0.75||0.75||0.75||0.75||0.75||EN 319|
|Thickness swell (%) - after cyclic test*:||19||16||15||15||15||15||15||EN 321|
|Internal bond (N/mm²) - after cyclic test*:||0.30||0.25||0.20||0.20||0.15||0.15||0.15||EN 321|
|Average density (Kg/m³):||850||820||800||790||770||750||740||EN 323|
|Average weight (Kg/m²):||6.80||9.84||12.80||15.01||16.94||18.75||22.20||EN 323|
*Cyclic test carried out according to BS EN 321
(In water for 70hrs ±1 @ 20°C ±1 ... in freezer for 24hrs ± 1 @ -12 to-25 °C ... in oven for 70hrs ±1 @ 70°C ±2)