Adhesives for modular kitchen and bathroom furniture

Adhesives are used in a variety of ways to manufacture case furniture. This is the case, for example, for surface or profile laminating processes, edge bonding or carcass gluing. Especially for bathroom or kitchen furniture, the use of the right adhesive is crucial. This is the only way to produce furniture that can withstand external influences for years. These are primarily heat and moisture or steam. Furthermore, the right adhesive is crucial for smooth, economically efficient production. Polyurethane-based adhesives offer by far the best performance. Of course, our reactive PUR hotmelt adhesives are also available in micro-emission quality.

Lamination

2D surface lamination

Adhesives for laminating furniture fronts

Modular bathroom and kitchen furniture is often made of wood-based materials such as MDF or chipboard, which is then coated with decor materials to protect the substrate and to make the product more visually appealing. Popular decors are: paper, hard-wearing laminates (CPL, HPL), PVC, ABS, PP, PMMA and PET films, and real wood veneers. There is a huge choice of decor materials available, giving kitchen designers endless design options. Elements that are commonly laminated are:

  • fronts

  • sides

  • rear panels

  • shelves

Supermatt and high-gloss decors are currently en vogue. The surfaces must be mirror-smooth, also across bonded edges and especially on thin decors, as even the smallest irregularities will impact the apearance. The surfaces must also be very resistant to moisture, heat and steam over the long term.

Our product range includes a series of adhesives specifically for high-gloss surfaces, as well as for other decors. We also offer tried-and-tested inline solutions for effective surface bonding and edge banding in a single run (e.g. the CompleteLine process).

Our engineers have decades of experience in bonding a wide variety of material combinations. They have extensive knowledge of the standard machines and application methods, and are committed to developing customized bonding solutions for and with our customers.

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3D surface lamination

Kitchen and bathroom furniture sometimes has a 3D surface for aesthetic or design reasons. MDF boards are commonly used for shaker panelling, for instance. Durability is a key aspect for kitchen furniture. In kitchens as in bathrooms, the furniture is constantly exposed to heat, moisture and steam. It is therefore essential that the adhesive used to glue the decor and the substrate has the same long-lasting properties as the other materials. 3D coating is most commonly used for kitchen and bathroom fronts.

Typical material combinations are:

  • PVC films and MDF

  • PP films and MDF

  • PET films and MDF

  • ABS films and MDF

  • real wood veneers and MDF

Laminating is usually done with low viscosity, polyurethane-based 1C or 2C dispersions, using membrane or vacuum presses. With the right know-how and the right product – e.g. a PUR dispersion – even high-gloss decors and very sensitive films that do not tolerate high joining temperatures can be perfectly bonded.

Polyurethane dispersions are sprayed to the wood-based boards using a manual gun, a spraying machine, or robot technology. The adhesive is then dried, and the bonding should take place within the next 24 hours. To this purpose, the product is placed in either a vacuum or membrane press, where the decor film is applied. Temperature and pressure reactivate the adhesive, allowing the decor film to adapt to the 3D contours of the product.

PVAc dispersions (white glues) can also be used for gluing veneers. Before being pressed, the veneers are slightly moistened on the surfaces that will later be visible, to prevent any cracks or tears occurring during the pressing process. Both materials are then pressed in a membrane press.

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Edge

Edge banding for kitchen and bathroom furniture

Edge banding gives the finishing touch to coated boards. The visible narrow surfaces are coated with decorative plastic, wood or metal edges, so that the final product looks as if it was cast in a single mould. The joints between the materials are particularly fragile, but must be made as invisible and physically tight as possible. Kitchen and bathroom furniture, in particular, is often exposed to water, steam and heat. If a badly made edge joint comes into contact with these elements, it will begin to swell and, sooner or later, ruin the whole piece of furniture.

There is a huge variety of edge banding materials on the market; plastic, metal or wood are usually used. Edge banding is used for:

  • fronts

  • side panels

  • and occasionally rear panels

The surfaces themselves are generally already laminated before edge banding is done. Typical material combinations for edge banding are:

  • MDF boards with ABS edges

  • chipboards with ABS edges

  • sandwich panels with ABS edges

  • sandwich panels with aluminium edges

  • and many more.

Nowadays, zero bond lines are the standard in high quality furniture. They stand for the highest level of workmanship and offer the best protection against moisture and other elements.

Reactive PUR adhesives are the products of choice for realizing sophisticated edge banding in kitchen and bathroom furniture. With these adhesive systems, chemical cross-linking occurs after physical curing, resulting in very high temperature resistance (-30°C to +150°C) and moisture resistance. This gives reactive PUR adhesives clear benefits over EVA or polyolefin-based adhesives. KLEIBERIT PUR hotmelts are suitable for almost all edge banding purposes.

Do you need advice on which adhesive to use or how to optimize your processes? Our engineers have extensive knowledge of standard edge banding machines. Drawing on 70 years of experience in adhesives and coating machines and methods, we have the expertise to improve your specific edge banding processes. To the products & direct contact links.

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Assembly

Gluing dowels and furniture bodies in kitchens and bathrooms

Dowels are used to join laminated and edge-banded furniture elements, usually for corner joints, and they are often glued in. In mass production, they may be inserted with the aid of dowel insertion machines and using a special dowel glue. Either a very high viscosity or a low viscosity thixotropic dowel glue is used, depending on the intended use of the furniture and the specifics of the production process. Dowel glues are special PVAc-based dispersion adhesives that prevent the application nozzles becoming encrusted.

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Assembly bonding

Drilling and inserting screws is time-consuming and often results in unsightly holes. With the right assembly adhesive at hand, there is no need to drill holes and install rawlplugs and screws. KLEIBERIT offers a comprehensive portfolio of assembly adhesives for:

  • gluing handles to fronts or drawers

  • mounting mirrors onto tiles (mirror gluing according to DIN 1036)

  • installing skirting boards

  • mounting protection strips on doors and walls

  • attaching decor elements

KLEIBERIT’s STP- and PUR-based assembly adhesives offer strong bonding to almost all types of materials.

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Products

New products

1C STP adhesive 605.1.20
  • no foaming
  • wide adhesion spectrum
  • can be applied with a roller or a spatula
Base
STP
Certificates
  • DIN EN 204 D4
  • EC1 plus according to GEV EMICODE classification
Applications
  • surface bonding of different materials such as mineral materials, rigid foams, wood, glass, metals, and many plastics
  • wooden elements that are exposed to high temperatures and moisture, e.g. sauna and bathroom fittings
  • wide variety of assembly bonding applications
Reactive hotmelt 706.4.54
  • high initial strength
  • medium viscosity
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • surface lamination of materials with high recoil strength, e.g. veneers, HPL, CPL
Reactive hotmelt 736.2.00
  • revolutionary, isocyanate-free reactive hotmelt
  • sticks to a very wide range of materials
  • low processing temperature
Base
Reactive polymer
Certificates
Applications
  • general surface lamination
Reactive ME hotmelt 707.9.80
  • no hazard labeling required, contains renewable raw materials
  • for industrial equipment with higher feeding speeds
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • versatile edge banding on furniture boards (fronts, rear and base panels, sides)

Reactive PUR hotmelts

Reactive hotmelt 706.0.00
  • all-round product with long open time
  • high initial strength
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • general surface lamination
Reactive hotmelt 706.0.09
  • monomer-reduced
  • no blistering
Base
PUR
Certificates
  • FDA Guideline 21CFR § 175.105
Applications
  • surface lamination
Reactive hotmelt 706.1.00
  • all-round adhesive with good initial strength
  • sticks to a wide range of materials
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • general surface lamination
  • surface lamination of materials with increased recoil strength (HPL, CPL)
Reactive hotmelt 706.4.00
  • very high initial strength
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • surface lamination of materials with high recoil strength, e.g. veneers, HPL, CPL
Reactive hotmelt 706.7.00
  • very high initial strength
  • excellent adhesion to HPL
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • surface lamination of cover materials such as HPL, CPL
Reactive hotmelt 707.6.00
  • all-round product for edge banding; balanced performance
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • versatile edge banding on furniture boards (fronts, rear and base panels, sides)
Reactive hotmelt 707.6.30
  • overnight hotmelt
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • versatile edge banding on furniture boards (fronts, rear and base panels, sides)
Reactive hotmelt 707.9
  • for industrial equipment with higher feeding speeds
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • versatile edge banding on furniture boards (fronts, rear and base panels, sides)
Reactive hotmelt 707.9.40
  • highest possible initial strength
  • ideal for CNC machines
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • versatile edge banding on furniture boards (fronts, rear and base panels, sides)
Reactive hotmelt 709.1.00
  • excellent adhesion to inorganic materials
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • surface lamination of mineral materials (e.g. stone veneers), metal, and glass
Reactive hotmelt 709.3.00
  • very high surface smoothness and quality
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • high-gloss decors
  • super matt decors
Reactive hotmelt 711.2.00
  • plastics specialist
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • surface lamination of various plastic films
Reactive hotmelt 711.3.00
  • for gluing diffusion-resistant materials
  • high initial strength
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • general surface lamination
Reactive hotmelt 711.9.00
  • long open time
  • extremely high initial strength
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • surface lamination of materials with high recoil strength, e.g. veneers, HPL, etc.
  • honeycomb plate panelling
Reactive hotmelt 711.9.06
  • for porous and pressure-sensitive materials
  • very high initial strength
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • surface lamination of materials with high recoil strength, e.g. veneers, HPL, etc.
  • honeycomb plate panelling
Reactive hotmelt 716.8.00
  • plasticizer stable
  • excellent adhesion to PVC
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • general surface lamination
  • surface lamination of plasticized materials on carrier boards
Reactive ME hotmelt 702.0.03
  • free of labeling
  • suitable for CompleteLine processes
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • profile wrapping
Reactive ME hotmelt 702.5.50
  • free of labeling
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • profile wrapping
Reactive ME hotmelt 706.1.50
  • free of labeling
  • high initial strength
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • general surface lamination
  • high-gloss and super matt decors
Reactive ME hotmelt 706.2.03
  • free of labeling
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • profile wrapping
  • general surface lamination
Reactive ME hotmelt 706.2.50
  • free of labeling
  • excellent high-gloss properties
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • general surface lamination
Reactive ME hotmelt 706.7.50
  • free of labeling
  • high initial strength
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • surface lamination of cover materials such as HPL, CPL
  • impermeable materials, e.g. HPL
Reactive ME hotmelt 707.9.50
  • free of labeling
  • for industrial equipment with higher feeding speeds
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • versatile edge banding on furniture boards (fronts, rear and base panels, sides)
Reactive ME hotmelt 707.9.80
  • no hazard labeling required, contains renewable raw materials
  • for industrial equipment with higher feeding speeds
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • versatile edge banding on furniture boards (fronts, rear and base panels, sides)
Reactive ME hotmelt 709.1.50
  • free of labeling
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • profile wrapping
  • general surface lamination
  • with integrated adhesion promoter for metal surfaces
Reactive ME hotmelt 711.0.52
  • light-fast product
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • surface lamination of transparent plastic films with suitable adhesion promoter on the adhesive side
Reactive ME hotmelt 711.3.37
  • no hazard labeling version of 711.3.00
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • general surface lamination
Reactive ME hotmelt 716.8.50
  • product free of labeling
  • plasticizer stable
  • excellent bonding to plastics
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • general surface lamination
  • surface lamination of plasticized materials on carrier boards

Dispersion adhesives

1C PUR dispersion adhesive 431.7.00
  • THE high-gloss expert
Base
PUR
Certificates
  • FIRA certified according to BS 6222 Part 3 1999
Applications
  • 3D film lamination for high-gloss and thin films
2C PUR dispersion adhesive 433.2.00 Supratherm
  • all-round product for all standard deep-drawing processes
Base
PUR
Certificates
Applications
  • 3D film lamination for all standard films, usable with or without a hardener
dispersion adhesive 464.8.00
Base
EVA
Certificates
Applications
  • wrapping drawer jambs with PVC films
  • surface lamination of PVC furniture films and decor papers
Dowel glue 316.0.00
  • non-blocking PVAc dispersion for use with doweling machines with injection nozzles
Base
PVAc
Certificates
Applications
  • gluing furniture bodies with automatic dowelling machines
  • knot-sealing machines
Film glue 453.0.00
Base
EVA
Certificates
Applications
  • surface lamination with PVC and paper films, with presses and in continuous processes
Lacquer glue 308.0.00
  • dispersion adhesive for varnished surfaces
Base
Synthetic resin dispersion
Certificates
Applications
  • bonding wood-based materials to varnished surfaces
Surface/veneer glue 332.0.00
  • dispersion adhesive with long open time
Base
PVAc
Certificates
  • IMO FTP Code Part 5 & Part 2
  • Minergie Eco (A + P), corresponding to 1st priority ECO-BKP
Applications
  • surface bonding of laminated panels on wood-based boards
White glue 303.0.00
  • dispersion with medium open time (6-10 minutes)
Base
PVAc
Certificates
  • DIN EN 204 D3
  • as a two component glue with 5% KLEIBERIT 303.5.00 DIN EN 204 D4
  • DIN EN 14257 (Watt 91)
  • FDA Guideline 21CFR § 175.105
Applications
  • surface bonding (veneer on wood-based materials)
  • surface bonding of HPL and CPL to wood-based materials
  • gluing furniture bodies
  • gluing mortise joints

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