ABS Plastic Sheet
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Black ABS Plastic Sheet - Used to laminate to your own locally-purchased plywood thickness of your choice. The sheet is smooth on the side that gets laminated to your plywood, and has a slightly textured haircell finish on the exterior side that helps minimize/camouflage scratches and abrasions. It ships rolled up for economical shipping cost and can be easily cut with a utility knife. We recommend that you make your cuts with the haircell finish side facing up, as this finish helps prevent your blade from straying away from your cut line. The proper adhesive for laminating is of the utmost importance. Contact cement, or multi-purpose adhesives are a definite no-no. The one that we sell is formulated for laminating plastics to wood. However, you must carefully follow all of our instructions in our tutorials. The correct adhesive is only half of the battle for successful laminating in a DIY environment. Also, it's important to make sure that your wood is good and dry . . . dampness can affect the process. Maybe not right away, but after the wood drys completely out later on. The wood should also be smooth and sanded and free from any cracks, crevices, or deformities.
See our laminating tutorial PDF document and video here.
ABS Plastic Sheet Dimensions
7 ft. 11.5 in. (2.426m) x 3 ft. 11.5 in x (1.206m)
NOTE: Regarding the size of the ABS sheet . . . it is made just a bit smaller than actual 4 'x 8', because during sheet-to-sheet laminating between plywood and ABS in the factory you need a little space between the edges of the wood and the ABS to allow for proper alignment of the sheets during the laminating process.
48" X 96" Sheet
No surprises, Great product!
My order included this black ABS textured sheet, 1/2" T&G, medium latches, medium handle. All were expertly packaged to protect against damage/scrapes/shifting. The laminate was rolled up smooth side to the inside. Perfect! It cut okay with a sturdy box cutter, though I ended up using an old pair of EMT shears that worked just as well. The case I built for my 16-channel Peavey mixer with these materials looks as good as if not better than the Anvil cases for my other P.A. and drum equipment. I'll be back!!!
I was originally hesitant to get the laminate, but I am really glad that I did. Easy to work with. Looks great.
Love the ABS plastic laminate - works great, looks great, somewhat simple to cut with the right knife.
Super fast shipping and better than expected
Product shipped same day that I ordered. Product arrived very well packaged and better quality than I expected. I will order again.
The Black Box
This is what I was going for. The look the feel I look like a pro Thank you.
Great quality ABS and packed well
I purchased 3 sheets of this black ABS. It came rolled up in a sturdy box. No shipping damage to mine, but I know this varies widely depending on what kind of mood the UPS Man is in the day your box gets delivered. This ABS cuts easily with a SHARP, NEW utility knife blade. Put a new blade in your knife and you'll have no problems. Do yourself a favor and use the recommended 3M 90 Spray Adhesive. Yes; it's expensive. But you get what you pay for.
The product itself is great!! However, when I removed itfrom the box, there was some small chips out of the side of two of the sheets. This is no doubt shipping damage but I would suggest that the ends of the roll be padded better. It didn't affect my project but it could have if the chip were any deeper. Also, I had to remove about a foot long patch of the gummy residue left from clear tape. It took several tries with different solvents to get it off. I'm in the final construction phase so I'll send photos when complete.
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On the DIY Roadcases store, it doesn't mention that one side of this sheet is textured. The surface is very much like my new JBL speaker cabinets on one side and shiny smooth on the other. This rough surface minimizes the appearance of light surface scratches that happen while moving (It will also make quick work of taking the skin off of a stray knuckle). Also, I ordered two plastic sheets which were neatly rolled up and placed in a box that was about 12 inches square and 48 inches long, saving tons on shipping, but that's not all! When this stuff rolled out, it didn't have the ends trying to curl up. It laid flat out! This made me happy because I didn't have to wait for a warm spell to flatten it out. A little advice that I couldn't find on site...get yourself a straight edge and use a utility knife with a new blade to make your cuts. Cut on the textured side. You don't have to cut all the way through, but MOST of the way through, then you can snap it just like drywall. If you cut the smooth side, the blade leaves a ridge on the side that you need to glue down (If you've never cut drywall before, a youtube video on cutting drywall will give you a visual idea of what I'm saying). You don't want that ridge on the smooth side but it won't harm anything on the textured side. A saw blade will also cut the ABS sheet but it is VERY hard to handle the sheet on a table saw, even for two people, and it makes a rough cut. Last thing, the sheet is not quite 96X48 It was 47-7/16 wide, I imagine the length is also 9/16 short, but I wasn't cutting that direction, so I didn't get an exact measurement. I just noticed it was shorter than 96 inches. Enjoy your project! DIY ROAD CASES® RESPONSE :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Hi John, Thanks very much for your feedback and recommendations. Just FYI regarding the size of the ABS sheet . . . it is made just a bit smaller than 4 x 8, because during sheet-to-sheet laminating in the factory you need a little space between the edges of the wood and the ABS to allow for proper purging of air between the sheets when they pass through the press roller. I guess we never addressed that because we have never had anyone whose case dimensions were such that they needed every bit of the ABS sheet or plywood, but I guess there may always a first time! I have also made changes to the description details for the ABS based on your feedback. Thanks again! Jonathan Beacon Director of Sales & Merchandising DIY Road Cases® 213-341-0026 Ext.707
DON'T USE SUBSTITUTE ADHESIVES!
I had high hopes for my considerable investment in self-laminating numerous sheets of the Black ABS Plastic for three large cases. I was not able to find either of the two adhesives that DIY recommends at my local hardware stores. An employee at one of the stores recommended Scotch 77, so I purchased this. When I was done with the three cases they did in fact look great. Then I rolled them out of the workshop into the sunlight during cleanup and the ABS laminate immediately began to expand, buckle and delaminate over every surface exposed to the sun! I rolled the case back into the garage and the material shrunk as soon as it cooled and I was able to press it back tight onto the plywood surface. I let them sit overnight and the next day the same thing happened when I rolled them out into the sunlight. Now, other than the adhesive I followed all of DIY’s directions for laminating. I even applied as much pressures to the material as possible after pressing the two glue-coated surfaces together and working out any air bubbles. However, because my cases were of such large dimension (80 x 40 x 15), this was difficult. I know that DIY does not recommend full sheet to full sheet application without having access to proper machinery like in the factory, but my case dimensions dictated that some panels were in fact almost full sheet. After I saw the de-lamination for the second time, I drilled out all the rivets holding the components in place, removed everything, stripped the black laminate off and re-coated everything with a liberal coat of different brush-on contact cement, and then re-assembled the cases. Unfortunately the same thing happened again once the cases were moved into the sunlight. Unfortunately, after contacting DIY for help with my problem, I realized that the Scotch 77 adhesive, and the other contact cement, were not proper adhesives for laminating ABS Plastic to wood. DIY also explained some tips regarding the required pressure application for large panels. I had originally given this ABS a 1-star review thinking that the ABS was faulty, but I have changed my rating and review, as there was nothing wrong with my ABS. For anyone doing their own laminating, please be sure to use one of DIY’s recommended adhesives, even if you have to order the adhesive online from somewhere, or risk battling with de-lamination like I did. DIY ROAD CASES® RESPONSE :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Unfortunately, Richard experienced what 99% of customers will experience when substitute adhesives are used outside of the two that we recommend. The two adhesives that we recommend were chosen after much experimentation in a DIY environment. Are there other laminating adhesives that work for laminating ABS and wood? Yes. However, most of those are industrial in nature, or come in liquid form in 1 gallon to 50 gallon containers for spray gun or roll-on use - too much product for the average DIY scenario, and creating application dilemmas as well. Cost, availability, and container quantities all prove to create too much expense for do-it-yourselfers. The two canned spray adhesives that we recommend are perfectly suited for DIY project applications. Regarding Richard’s unique scenario of extremely large case panels, some ingenuity on customers’ part will have to come into play in order to create the applied pressure step. With smaller panels, this is easy. With large panels, especially those that are almost a full 4’ x8’ sheet-to-sheet application, the logistics are not so easy. One recommendation that we have found to work great is this: Follow all of the standard laminating steps. However, you will have to spend extra time and elbow grease working out any potential air bubbles. The next step you may have to do this in separate steps with each large panel, but it is worth the extra days spent (sometimes you can do 2 like-size panels and then stack them for this). Once you have laminated and spent time working out potential air bubbles, lay your panels on the ground wherever you park a vehicle, and cover them with another piece of 3/4" plywood that is the same dimensions, or slightly larger, than your laminated panel(s). Then slowly pull your car/truck on top of the pile, so that either front tire comes to rest as perfectly centered on top of the stack as possible, and leave it for at lease 12-24 hours (the longer the better). It sounds funky, but the weight of the vehicle on top of the 3/4" top sheet of plywood, will disperse the vehicle weight onto the entire surface area of your laminated panel(s).