The vinyl panel is masonite? I've used it for decades, and it is really bulletproof, way better than melamine. Put contact cement on the back of the plywood, masonite, let dry for a couple of minutes, then put down from one edge to the other, use a hard rubber roller to push down and bend it. I use maple edging over the ply/masonite. if you want a slicker surface, use wax. Waxed masonite is easy to remove glue from.