ABOUT HIGH PRESSURE LAMINATES IN GENERAL
Decorative laminates are available in a large variety of different surfaces, from solid colours to textures, patterns and finish options. The choice of surface finish is important from a functional as well as from an aesthetic point of view.
In general, textured surfaces and light colours have a better rub and scratch resistance than plane surfaces and dark colours. For this reason, glossy laminates and dark plain colours are not recommended for heavy duty surfaces. On the other hand, plane and lightly textured surfaces are more easily cleaned than deeply textured finishes. Polished aluminium items will have anodised surfaces for improved resistance to oxidisation, scratches, staining, etc.
Other aluminium surfaces, like brushed, will have an epoxy coating, and copper finishes are protected with a polyurethane lacquer. Under certain fluorescent lighting conditions the polished finishes may show an lustrous effect.