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Solid Surface color variation

5/22/15       
Dave Fielder

I do primarily cabinets, but I have one customer that I make furniture for with solid surface tops. And I've always used the Hanex brand of solid surface for their furniture. There can be significant color variation from one sheet to the next (probably variation in manufacturing batches, not individual sheets within a batch). This has created a problem a couple times now where I've needed to make a replacement or add-on counter for a job I did a couple years previously, and the new top color doesn't match well.

My question is whether this is true of solid surface in general, or is the quality control of the Hanex brand just not very good?

5/22/15       #2: Solid Surface color variation ...
Larry

To some extent it is true of all the brands we have used. We use a lot of Corian brand. The made in USA version is considerably poorer in quality than the import version. I think the import is from Korea.

5/22/15       #3: Solid Surface color variation ...
Pat Gilbert

It can even be true of laminate. You need to order the same size sheets from the same batch. You have to check them before you cut them.

5/22/15       #4: Solid Surface color variation ...
JP Member

I have fabricated from Meganite, Polystone, Samsung, Formica SS, and Wilson Art. It's like that with them all. Formica SS being the worst.

5/22/15       #5: Solid Surface color variation ...
Dave Fielder

Thanks guys.

Besides a single Hi-macs job, I've only ever used Hanex, so I wasn't sure. Now I can go back to my client with a disclaimer that they can only expect consistency within a single job and not from job to job.

5/22/15       #6: Solid Surface color variation ...
Larry

I'm not sure who is making Formica brand now. Used to be made in Tennessee. Your right about bad color consistency of it. We had an ongoing job with it and had to be really careful about mixing batches.

5/22/15       #7: Solid Surface color variation ...
cabinetmaker

We run the gambit of the manufacturers in our Corian shop. The lots vary from each manufacturer - from a slight color difference to wtf It's tough.

5/22/15       #8: Solid Surface color variation ...
Alan F.

Glue cutouts and drop inside cabinets to use a few years down the road as patches.

Or you could offer "Attic" stock and for every batch send some portion of a sheet somewhere for them to store and include it in the cost.

5/23/15       #9: Solid Surface color variation ...
james mcgrew Member

You really cannot warranty any match in years to come even with Granite or Quartz, An Initial disclaimer is needed.

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