Iris Industries Fabrication and Installation Instructions

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All of Iris Industries Organic line products can be worked using standard woodworking tools with carbide tipped blades.

Once cut, the edges can be finished with a router, or sanded by hand.  For the most professional looking finish, we recommend cutting the material to size, then use a full thickness flush trim router bit to remove saw marks and provide a clean, uniform edge ready for sanding or edge profiles.

Work through a progression of sandpaper grits for best results while sanding edges only, starting with 150 and working up to 360.  You can go to a higher grit – as this material sands similar to wood, but at higher grits, the level of gloss may not last through normal use. 
For surface sanding, use a Gray Scotch Brite pad.

After edges have been cut and sanded, you can use Bioshield Herbal Oil #2 to lightly rub into the sanded edges and surface.  This treatment deepens the color for visual uniformity.  We’ve found this to be the longest wearing and easiest to maintain, and is food safe. 

Occasionally, unsaturated fiber bundles within Iris Industries products occur, and are a result of the fibers not being fully impregnated in the core of the material These may be discovered after you cut into the sheet.  This is normally due to the recycled nature of our raw material, and the fact that there is sometimes foreign textiles or fibers within our mix.  You can use a cyanoacrylate or methacrylate or superglue type low-viscocity adhesive to soak into the cut edge.  The fibers will wick the adhesive in – once dry, you can sand to finish. 

Our ½” material should be fully supported by ¾” plywood or OSB.  Medium density fiberboard (MDF) and particle board are not suitable substrates because of potential swelling under moist conditions.  Silicone caulking can be used for adhesion to the substrate. 

For commercial applications, high use, or flooring, sand surface to 120 grit to help provide mechanical bonding, clean, and use your choice of topical finish – lacquer, polyurethane, epoxy, etc. NOTE: Our Seedwood products MUST be sealed – it behaves more like natural wood.

Edges can be built-up using a lamination method, or a mitered edge.  We recommend 2 part epoxy or 2 part methacrylate for adhesive.  Because the adhesive does not penetrate the material, wood glues are not suitable, with the exception of Seedwood.  After the adhesive has cured, you can cut, route, and sand as in the steps above.

Sink Applications:
Cut and finish edges as noted above for undermount sinks.  Sinks need to be fully supported by cabinet-mounted sink brackets, and sealed at the edge with silicone caulk.

Seams will look similar to those of wood, veneers, stone and solid surface materials. Seams should be displayed where they make design sense.  We recommend using biscuits or a wavy bit for solid surface to prepare your seam edges.  You can use your choice of seaming adhesive.  Note that sanding the surface may create a visible difference from the factory finish, though the entire surface can be sanded to match.

For vertical applications, use standard panel installation methods.  Unlike solid surface material, Iris Industries products have great tensile strength, impact and thermal shock resistance.