TECHNICAL GUIDE 2017-03-31T16:12:29+00:00

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Tips for transport and storage of Zenon sheets: 

The sheets should never bow and always be transported vertically, never horizontally to avoid warping or breaking. The storage should always take place in the original pallet or in a well-leveled base.

Work

  • Adjust the work temperature to (if possible) 18 degrees
  • We recommend the sheets remain at least a few hours in the place where they will be transformed, in the original pallet or upright position, and not to manipulate them below 8 degrees.
  • We will always try to keep the workplace free from dust or residues. 
  • The working table must be completely flat in order to glue the sheets.

Tools needed

The machinery used to transform Zenon is practically the same that is used in carpentry. We will always use the proper tools to transform Zenon with the highest quality assurance.

  • Circular saw with aluminum disc for cutting very hard plastic.
  • Manual milling from 900-2000 w (tungsten carbide burs)
  • Drill
  • Roto-Orbital milling
  • Pliers, clamps and jaws
  • Furnace and membrane press
  • To make the joints, it is necessary to use a gun to apply the glue, sandpaper, polishing sponges and polishing paste (depending on the finish).

Making joints

  • In order to make a joint, we recommend cleaning and sanding after cutting. It is also advisable milling the edges (depending on the kind of cut) to achieve the surface that will be joined.
  • We must make sure that the surfaces to join match correctly.
  • Then, we clean the surface to be joined with alcohol and we do not touch it with our fingers.
  • To glue the pieces, they must be separated about 3 millimeters.
  • Then, we join them and then we press them. We also suggest applying adhesive between 18 and 28 degrees.
  • In order to press the pieces after gluing, we need the following elements:
    • Clamps: Do not exert much pressure in order to keep the adhesive in the inside and not out of the joints.
    • Spring clips (and dowels). In order to place the dowels, we use hot glue or cyano glue and then we fix the spring clips.

 

Cutting

  • In cutting operations, manual machines, such as circular saws or manual millings, can be used occasionally.
  • A squaring machine is generally used and sometimes a numerical control machine (CNC) or pantograph may be needed.
  • The cutting blades must be made of aluminum to cut very hard plastic.

Sanding

Use a roto-orbital sander with the following movements: ascending to descending and left to right.

Always sand after shaping, thus achieving a smooth and soft-touch finish.

We will always begin the sanding process with heavier grain, then medium grain and finish with fine grain.

Do not put too much pressure when sanding to prevent the piece from overheating and its possibly deforming.

Polishing

Polishing is recommended for decorative purposes and each piece to be polished must be cleaned with water and soap before performing the operation.

We must keep the same movements as in sanding (ascending to descending and left to right), in circles and always two cycles. Every time we finish a cycle, we clean the sander.

In order to achieve a fine finish, we must perform a two-circle (8) movement, and diagonally, always with a constant pressure and the same speed. The finish can be: matt, semi-gloss, gloss and high gloss.

 

Thermoforming

The sheets must be heated in electric furnaces.

Using Zenon for covering walls

It is easily applicable to any vertical surface and can be placed firmly on many steady supports.

Plywood, ceramics, cardboard, plaster, gypsum plaster, MDF, etc.

Repair

Zenon can be repaired and, since it is homogeneous throughout all its thickness, small cuts or scratches can be fixed.