Use Laminate on 1/2" Thick Plywood?
Is it okay to put laminate on 1/2" plywood?
These parts are for the back of a four player video arcade machine we are manufacturing. Each panel is about 51" x 25", and the back has three of them. Due to wanting to make it a bit lighter, we are switching over to 1/2" plywood from 3/4" plywood. I was disappointed that on our 3/4" plywood the laminate has bubbled up a bit. We used contact cement per the instructions. The brand was what Home Depot had and the wood was from there as well (I don't remember which type but was the sanded stuff). I am concerned that the 1/2" plywood will have too much flex in it and cause the laminate to bubble up. The 1/2" wood I am using is the Sande plywood from Home Depot. Each machine will have about $150 worth of laminate on it and I will be ordering for about 10 machines so..... I am not wanting to invest all that to find out that the laminate is just going to bubble up. I was going to order Formica glossy white and Formica matte black for laminate. I prefer to not paint the panels due to the amount of labor needed, less quality looking, more cost, and it will scratch and wear off. I am open to other thoughts.
Your advice is appreciated.