FAQ

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Q: What are the best applications when specifying Ornamental Surfaces?

A: Ornamental Surfaces have a wide range of usage. They can be used on any surface where you would use plastic laminates, vinyl wall coverings, wall paper or wood veneers. Applications include vertical wall treatments, elevator interiors, furniture, store fixturing, shelving, doors, cabinetry, ceiling tiles and horizontal surfaces. The Glam Acrylics collection, including the GlamStone Acrylics grouping, of Ornamental Surfaces is overlaid with an abrasion resistant PMMA Acrylic which has a high degree of scratch resistance, and can be used for desk tops, countertops or other high wear horizontal applications.

Q: Do the patterns consistently repeat from panel to panel?

A: Not all Ornamental Surfaces sheets are designed with a pattern repeat – some are more adaptable to pattern repeating than others. Refer to the full-scale detail on each product page to see the entire pattern or Contact an ASI Material Expert for additional information.

Q: Can Ornamental Surfaces be used in curved applications?

A: Yes, most of the Ornamental Surfaces are very flexible and can conform to a radius as small as 6”.

Q: Are Ornamental Surfaces suitable for use in restrooms?

A: Yes, but not where they will be in direct contact with water.

Q: How are corners and edges to be treated?

A: The Ornamental Surfaces collection offers various extruded plastic profiles in 6 finishes. These different profiles are designed to be used as a connecting profile between 2 sheets, a border profile to finish off the edge of a sheet or to finish off and protect a corner.

Q: What substrates are suitable for Ornamental Surfaces?

A: Ornamental Surfaces can be applied to both porous and non-porous materials, however non-porous materials are preferred. Non-porous surfaces include plastic laminates, melamines, vinyl and lacquered surfaces. Porous surfaces include particle board, MDF, sheetrock and masonry. All porous surfaces should be sealed prior to application of Ornamental Surfaces.

Q: How are Ornamental Surfaces installed or applied?

A: Ornamental Surfaces can be installed using a factory applied peel and stick pressure sensitive adhesive backer. There is also a non-adhesive version which can be applied using a water based contact adhesive. A third option is to order the material as “prepared for polyvinyl acetate (PVA) adhesive” for which there is no additional charge.

Q: What are Magnetic Ornamental Surfaces?

Many of the Ornamental Surfaces are now available in a magnetic version, allowing for quick installation and easy switch outs. These can be applied in a variety of different ways. If the desired application is on a wall surface, the wall can be painted with a magnetic paint which will allow the Magnetic Ornamental Surfaces sheet to cling to the wall. If used on Retail Store Fixturing or Merchandising components, the fixtures or displays can be produced with a magnetic laminate also allowing for quick and easy attachment of the Ornamental Surfaces Magnetic sheet, and future fixture updates.

Q: Which trade installs Ornamental Surfaces?

A: When the project calls for an on-site wall surface application, Ornamental Surfaces can be installed by any reputable wall covering contractor. When the material is being applied to millwork, it should be installed by the millwork contractor.

Q: How are Ornamental Surfaces cut?

A: Ornamental Surfaces can be cut with a razor knife or on a table saw with a fine toothed blade. It is important when cutting the material to keep the design patterned surface face up so as to avoid any tear out on the face of the material.

Q: How do I clean Ornamental Surfaces?

A: In the event of light dirt, use a soft cleaning cloth which is dirt and dust free. For heavier dirt use a standard plastic or glass cleaning product. Do not spray the cleaner directly on the material but sparingly onto a soft cloth. Do not use abrasives or products containing abrasives, and do not use products containing solvents or pure alcohol. Leather like surfaces can be cleaned with a standard mild liquid soap, and then removed with a clean damp cloth.

Q: What is the eco-friendly benefit when specifying Ornamental Surfaces, a PVC-free material?

A: Besides the obvious - great aesthetics and ease of installation with self-adhesive backing for a perfect solution to refresh, repurpose or renew a space -  Ornamental Surfaces is PVC-free so no harmful additives are released into the air.

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a plastic that comes from a highly toxic production industry and potentially remains an environmental threat throughout all phases of its life. In addition to the toxic chemical processing required to make PVC, research indicates a tendency for some PVC products to leak harmful chemicals, with a possible link to health risks and environmental contamination.

Additionally, polyvinyl chloride is not biodegradable, so discarded PVC products leads to increased landfill waste. Polyvinyl chloride should not be burned, as it can release harmful gas, and recycling is difficult because of the diverse additives used in various products.

Q: I love the patterns and textures of the The Perla™ Collection, what exactly is a vinyl film and how can it be used?

A: The vinyl films of ASI's The Perla™ Collection are created from a flexible PVC (Polyvinyl chloride), a family of plastic copolymers, also known as vinyl. PVC is used to make products such as pipes, bottles, upholstery, automotive parts, and most importantly, ASI Decorative Surfaces! Through-pattern PVC films appear three-dimensional - with designs that go right through the sheet. This is achieved through a proprietary block process. Large blocks of PVC are hand cast, and thin cross sections are mechanically sliced off of the blocks, creating a truly unique pattern within each piece.

Film size is 24" x 54" (select few in 24" x 49") and standard thicknesses range from .028" to .125", exclusive of lamination in glass or acrylic. A self-adhering backing is available for ease of installation on flat, smooth, vertical substrates. Typical applications would include, but are not limited to: lighting diffusers, counter tops, wall panels, bar fronts, display elements, store fixtures, and even vinyl floor tiles. The film can be used in either transparent or opaque applications.

Q: Can the Perla™ Collection be specified as either transparent or with an opaque backing?

A: With its versatility, how the product is specified and ordered ultimately depends on its usage. For rear illuminated applications the film should be ordered on a translucent or transparent .028 acrylic. The acrylic substrate is approximately as thick as a credit card. As a lighting diffuser the film can be ordered laminated directly onto 1/8” or 1/4” clear or translucent acrylic diffuser sheet. The finish on the film can also be specified as either matte or polished. Where no light transmission is required an opaque backing should be specified. Thin gauge flexible backings, both opaque and translucent are also available when required for curved applications.

Q: What is the best way for a designer to specify the Perla™ Collection and how is it installed and applied?

A: When used as a decorative application for millwork or displays, a water based contact adhesive can be applied to the back of the film and the receiving surface, at which point the material is worked as you would a laminate. There is also available a peel and stick adhesive backing that can be ordered with the pearlescent film. For added durability such as bar tops and tables the film can be laminated to glass.

Q: Is it possible to value-engineer with ASI Decorative Surfaces, if necessary?

A: Value engineering can reduce costs and maintain quality when introduced throughout the phases of a project. Timely evaluation of design decisions - as well as communication with your supplier - ultimately results in the protection of your design intent through the use of material alternates. Value-engineering, by definition, is engineering a product to better match its function, thus creating a desirable ratio of value to cost. It is of primary importance that quality and aesthetic not be compromised as a consequence.

Engineered products can also substitute for materials no longer commonly available. A tortoise shell vinyl film from The Perla™ Collection is used to replicate the appearance of the natural, and now endangered, material.

Case Study: Mohegan Sun Casino

Featuring The Perla™ Collection — DSMDV017, laminated in glass

At the Mohegan Sun Casino, tortoise shell patterned film from The Perla™ Collection was laminated between glass to create panels for a canopy in the aptly named "Turtle Lounge". The result was a stunning gaming setting and an environment that reflected the indigenous materials once used by the Mohegan tribe, which was the mandate given to the designers from the tribe.

Q: How is SWICK™ Natrual Wall Coverings Installed

SWICK™ can be installed with a basic utility knife, hand tools, and appropriate adhesive. The material features optimal edge milling behavior and good edge adhesion on all approved substrate applications. Edging is achieved with a supplied matching colored grout.