Not even close:
Etymology of the name
The mineral mica was commonly used at that time
for electrical insulation. Because the new product
acted as a substitute “for mica”, Faber used the
Regardless, on the Formica site it indicates all of their high
pressure laminate products are postformable.
I had heard it was named Formica because unlike mineral mica
insulation, it was "formable" mica insulation.. Looks like I was
probably misinformed on that count.
My assertion that it was a melamine resin finish is however supported.
PostFormable laminate is flat laminate sheets that can be "post
formed" into things like countertops with the anti-drip round edge,
and the low back-splash like found on most kitchen and bath
countertops, among many other things.. It is heathed and formed to
shape and glued to a (usually manufactured lumber) substrrate.
I last worked with plastic laminate on an airplane model display
cabinet. The panels were 3/4" thick and covered on all 6 sides/edges
including beveled edges. There were 8 main panels and 2 posts, so 58
separate glue ups on a project about half the size of a refrigerator.
The job was very tedious.
Apply contact cement to the surface, of the substrate and formica, and
wait for them to dry to the touch.
Then apply ... it will straigten out.
So seriously, I doubt rolling the other way will remove the set not
without time. I think it has been that way for a while and you need heat
(hot garage summer day ) to help. You might try your attic for a while
after rolling it the other way.
If it's not ridiculous, use 1/4 or 3/8 ply to cover it while trying to
apply it, the weight of it will keep the curl down while you work your
hands underneath and apply it.
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