I imagine half the cost of R&D in that field is developing surfaces that
are resistant to Sharpie markers.
Now if you could just get people to install them with the doors opening
out (like the handicapped stalls), so I don't have to back up into the
toilet just to get out.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Santana partitions are pretty good and reasonably priced compared to
competition. The School District I work for has used it extensively as
it does a good job of resisting the efforts of the little bast... er,
little darlings to write on it, carve on it, burn it and otherwise
trash their schools. It also doen't rust (even when regularly peed
upon), doesn't absorb odors, is easily installed, holds well to
fasteners, etc. I have a nice sheet of their stuff in black from when
a renovation was done. Many years old (I think it was in that restroom
for about 25 years) and still in great shape. Have had it for several
years and haven't quite decided what to use it for... For the prior
poster, a decent set of stalls in a reasonably sized public restroom
that are designed to take this kind of abuse for 30 to 40 years will
most definitely cost more than $5,000 when you include hardware and
installation. Material cost differences between a good product like
Santana and some painted steel stalls that will be ready for the
dumpster in 5 years (if they can even last that long) is really
minimal to the overall project cost.
I have installed 3/4" Corian as partitions. Can be refinished,
impervious to acidic fluids,
easy to clean. Mind you, the installations were in a community
college, so the abuse was somewhat less than
the abuse younger, more energetic little snowflakes seem to impart on
No more pricey, at the time, than phenolic. I'm not even sure DuPont
makes 3/4" anymore.
I also installed some smaller partitions at a Holiday Inn. The were
1/2" material and were installed between urinals.
Colour matched to a series of 4-bowl vanities. Looked great years
I found UHMW at a local "rubber & gasket" supply house. I've bought
it in 3/4" and 1/2" cut to order VERY reasonable. I later found that
they offer recycled UHMW it was even cheaper, but it is bright green.
Most of the higher-end washroom I've seen use Corian, which is
absolutely beautiful stuff, if you can afford it. (Runs around $200
square foot for a 3/8" thick piece.)
I am looking into the possibility of carrying phenolic in my store
online, but only if I don't have to cut it. One of my suppliers for
the other materials has Phenolic cut-offs, but I don't know how much,
what size, yada, yada yet and I'm up to my ears in other stuff to do
I would suggest a really good alternative is Delrin, which I do
carry. It's rigid, as slippery as UHMW, and pretty easy to shape.
Another good alternative would by Nylon, although it's a bit more
difficult to work. You have to slow your saw down a bit and there's a
danger of chipping the material instead of cutting it, so use very
sharp bits, but it's within the range of workability for any home
shop. Oil-filled Nylons, like Nylon 6, Nylon GSM, are just about as
slippery as Phenolic.
A last alternative is Acrylic or Lexan. If you go to a thickness of
about 1/4", it's reasonably rigid, and cuts quite well ( especially
Lexan). You can usually find it fairly cheaply at any plastics supply
store ( I don't carry it for online sales because I can't get a
regular enough supply for my wholesale market yet, but I'm working on
For inserts, etc., a polycarbonate such as "lexan" is a very good
alternative. You can usually get scraps from sign shops if you live in a
decent sized city.
And, the solid surface counter top materials, such as corian, also work
well. But, they are a bit more brittle than the polycarbs.
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