Kinon Surface Panels

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MasterFormat Number: 06 42 19

Kinon Uses

Traditional uses

  • Innovative surface designs used as walls, flooring, cabinetry, furniture and doors.
  • Commonly used in Commercial spaces (backdrops), hospitality design, retail spaces, museums, etc.
Kinon Uses

Emerging uses / trends

  • Expanded from just wall panelling to include the following applications:
  • furniture (tables, worstations, cabinets, chairs, beds); artwork; detailing (light fixtures, reveals, back splashes)
  • kitchen and retail fixtures, applications in residentail, retail, hospitality, commercial
  • Projects to date include stores and boutiques; hotels and casinos; bars and nightclubs; spas and fitness centers; offices; residences; restaurants and bars.
Kinon Uses

Finish and aesthetic qualities

  • Kinon is made of a proprietary hard cast resin, with various applied decorative effects.
  • This material is layered onto a flat MDF surface, curing and resulting in a structural bond with the MDF
  • Finishes are either a smooth glossy surface, matte or metallic - there are at least 85 types of finihses.
  • Product can be applied in the following formats:
    • MDF
    • PVC
    • Acrylic
    • 1" Acrlic
    • Planed Down Board (for curved surfaces)
    • Edge Material
Kinon Uses

Surface forms / shapes

  • Kinon material is cast in several different layering processes onto a flat MDF surface, resulting in a stable composite material.
  • MDF's of 1/2" - 3/4" result in rectangular panels; Curved surfaces are offered as'Planed Down Boards' that are 1/8" - 1/4" thick.

Cost analysis

  • The Price will vary depending on the following:
    • Pattern
    • Product (MDF, PVC, Acrylic, 1" Acrylic, Planed Down Board, Edge)
    • Finish or Size type e.g. metal or large sizes
  • Price / SqFt averages from $30/ sq ft - 130/ sq ft

Material properties

Primary structural use

  • Walls, flooring, cabinetry, furniture, doors

Material performance

  • Kinon is basically classified as a hard plastic
  • It is easy to fabricate with
  • It cuts cleanly with regular woodwrking tools
  • It is a tough chemically resistant material
  • It is flame retardent
  • it is abrasion resistant
  • it is stain resitant [1]

Dimensional and opening restriction

  • Dimensions are classed according to the application type: [2]
  • MDF sizes: 4'x10'; 4'x12'; 4'x6'; 5'x12'
    • Thickness 3/4"
  • Edges: 1'x12'
    • Thickness 1/16" (+/- 1/32")
  • Acrylic: 4'x10'; 4'x8'
    • Thickness 1/4"
  • Aluminum: 4'x8'; 4'x10'
    • Thickness 1/8"
  • PDB: 4'x10'; 4'x12'; 5'x12'
    • Thickness 1/4" or 1/8"
  • PVC Foam Board: 5'x10'; 5'x12'
    • Thickness 1/8" or 3/4"
      • Kinon Material Layer Thickness is approx 1/16"
      • Maximum product size is 5'x12'

Acoustic property

  • Unknown

Manufacturing process and assembly

  • Kinon material is cast in several different layering processes onto a flat MDF surface, resulting in a stable composite material.
  • it is easily fabricated using regular woodworking tools
  • More on fabrication can be found at the Kinon website

Environmental impact

Kinon is made of a very durable plastic.


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Life Safety & Rating Standards

Flammability rating

  • The Flame test per ASTM E84-07 was applied
  • Results of a Flame Spread and Smoke Developed Values during a 10 minute fire experience resulted in numbers of 65 and 275 respectively
  • These numbers met the parameters of a Class B Interior wall and Ceiling Finish Category
  • Results were satisfactory

Coefficient of friction

  • A sample of the Kinon product was test or static coefficient of friction in accordance with procedures in ASTM D 2047-04
  • Results under wet conditions (0.72) under dry (0.62) and were satisfactory





Student contributions

  • Lillian Kiwanuka, Spring 2010

See also

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Building references

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External links

Additional resources

Leading manufacturers

  • Kinon Inc

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