Decoflex Veneer - American nut tree
What is it
Decoflex is a real wood veneer that is glued to a special paper backing sheet; thereafter, the fibres are broken along the parallel in such a way that these breaks cannot be seen on the veneer surface. This gives the material an extremely high flexibility along the direction of the fibres and makes it very suitable for work on rounded shapes that would not have been able to be veneered beforehand (minimum radius is about 5 mm). The stiffness at right angles to the fibre of the veneer remains unchanged through this process, as does its resistance to splintering.
Apart from its use on the curved surfaces of diverse materials (see Design Notes) Decoflex is great for use on flat surfaces as well. The best argument for Decoflex veneer being use on flat surfaces is the time and cost savings that are realized because it can be worked with much faster and more efficiently than the classic veneers. On top of being used as veneer, Decoflex can also be applied as a “pure” material (i.e. on its own). Examples include as a book cover, for model making purposes, for producing jewellery and accessories (e.g. place mats) and much more.
The backing of Decoflex is made out of special brown paper whose tones are selected by the manufacturer to approximately match the colour of the veneer (e.g. chamois for maple, dark brown for walnut). The glue between the veneer and the paper corresponds to the E1 norm (ecologically safe) and is waterproof. Decoflex is nonetheless not suitable for outdoor use.
Decoflex can be glued to the most diverse surfaces. The choice of glue depends primarily on the carrier material chosen. If you are working without a veneer press, the manufacturer recommends the use of high quality contact adhesives (e.g. PATTEX). If the Decoflex is being applied with a press, normal PVA glues (e.g. PONAL EXPRESS) or formaldehyde glue can be used. In both cases the manufacturer recommends that you not be sparing with the glue.
Despite the sanding already done at the factory (120 and 150 grit), if you want to achieve a perfect finish you must sand the surface with fine grit again before applying any varnish. Never use a water-soluble varnish; solvent-based varnish is always required.