Decorative surfaces come in a variety of different styles and patterns. These surfaces are applied to many products for use, such as medium density fiberboard (MDF), hardboard, or particleboard.

Decorative surfaces are separated into two categories. They are:

• Overlays
• Coatings

Below is a brief look at the types of overlays available.

Different Overlays and What They Do

Thermally fused laminate, or TFL for short, is a material you can use to create beautiful pieces of furniture. It's made by applying the resin-infused sheets directly onto your chosen surface and then bonding them together with heat.

The surface textures of TFL decorative panels are created with steel press plates that emboss the design to heighten its realism. It is essential for wood grain, stone, or abstract designs.

Rigid thermoformable foils (RTF), also known as 2D laminates and 3D laminates, are a type of thermoplastic film, created using vacuum forming or membrane pressing around edges seamlessly. With patterns on both sides, these products offer an easy way to create various shapes without using metal dies for welding.

3DL can be used to create various types of fixtures, such as storefronts or POP displays. It's also great for the hospitality and healthcare industries because it offers inexpensive materials.

2DLs are a popular material and can be solid-colored, top-printed, or reverse printed with overlays. 2DLs go on vertical surfaces like:

• RV roofs
• Cabinets
• Flooring
• Retail fixtures

The versatility of decorative foils is what makes them so popular. You can use these papers in many different ways. Give your designs an extra touch, especially if you're looking for a durable product that will last through wear and tear or water damage without losing its visual appeal.

Decorative foils are for a variety of things such as:

• Cabinets
• Doors
• Furniture surfaces

Decorative papers are an excellent choice for printing decorative patterns. They can produce high-fidelity and quality images with various colors, designs, or text layouts that other paper types can't achieve.

Although the embossing of a paper is optional, it can significantly enhance your wood grain and natural patterns. Specialty papers with lightweight bases get used in higher levels of engineering for cabinets or store fixtures. However, they're also commonly used on other applications such as paneling and shelving.

One of the most durable decorative materials is high-pressure laminate. It has special performance properties, including chemical and fire-resistant coatings.

Higher grades of HPL are used to form around curves and edges by applying heat and restraint. Because of its durability, this plastic is the first choice for horizontal surfaces like countertops, flooring, and desks.

The product was designed to meet the diverse needs of a variety of industries.
You can use it for high traffic areas like:

• Hospitality
• Office furniture
• Healthcare facilities

Wood veneer is a beautiful and practical material that you can use in many different ways. You can choose from domestic or imported species, depending on your taste. In addition, wood composite panels offer an excellent surface quality due to their flatness, smooth finish, and uniformity across their entirety.

Wood veneers are a type of material that you can use for many purposes. They range in thickness from 1/50th inch to 1/25mm and come plain or with an attached backing, which provides stability and strength when applied as edge banding on furniture such as:

• RTA ( Rattan / Wicker ) chairs
• Cabinetry
• Store fixtures