Rehau Converts any Edgeband into T-Molding
By Bill Esler | Posted: 11/05/2013 1:36PM
Placing pre-glued edgebanding manually using an iron or other hand-held device is the practical route if edgebanding work is more the exception than the rule in your shop projects.
But pre-glued edgebanding can limit options on colors and styles. And manual installation is tough for contoured edges, or round tabletops.
While T-molding works well on curvy edges, choices may be limited because of how the material is extruded. Now Rehau has come up with a way to transform some of its conventional edgebanding lines into T-molding,
offering more design choices. Rehau T-edge has the same functional appearance as edgebanding, but is hammered into place in a slot that is cut into the panel edge. It works on virtually any surface edge, and doesn’t require any edgebanding machinery.
Rehau has long offered T-molding or Bullnose edging, so this extension of T-molding into its FlexEdge line is a natural. With T-edge, Rehau’s entire 3mm FlexEdge semi-rigid edgebanding, offered in more than 200 solids, woodgrains, and patterns, can be retrofitted with the barb to turn it into T-molding material.
FlexEdge 3mm material, described by Rehau as a durable and impact resistant semi-rigid edgeband, handles a radius as small as 12mm and is said to trim easily. Rehau also offers trimming tools speci¬ cally for butting edgeband and cutting it for corners, etc.
T-edge Application Recommendations Rehau provides for T-edge give an indication of how it performs:
• Pre-heat T-edge to a temperature of at least 80°F (27°C) prior to installation
• Slot thickness is between 1/8” and 5/32”
• Minimum bend radius of 2” (50mm)
• Small radius may require notching the barb
• Use standard T-molding methods to trim
Rehau offers T-edge T-molding in quantities as small as one coil. A 300’ coil yields approximately 290’ when converted.
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