Facts about our new various
materials for laser cut windows/doors and wall laminates.
We offer three different materials for these products with each having
it's own Pro and Con features.
1. Cardstock = 6 ply card 1/64" thick (.020")- PRO: laser
cuts clean, no grain direction. CON: weakest material, susceptible to
warping from heavy painting, will crease if bent too far.
2. RC Board = Above cardstock that has been saturated with resin
plastic .016" thick or .022 thick - PRO laser cuts clean, no grain direction,
strong and stable. CON: can be susceptible to warping with heavy
painting. Our most popular material for windows, doors and laminate wall
3. Plywood = 1/64" and 1/32" thick (.020" and .032"), 3 ply
imported birch plywood - PRO: wood grain, strong, bends readily. CON:
single grain direction, tendency to burn when laser cutting. Thin
mullions tend to be brittle and break easy. i/32" not suitable for
Just what is the difference in the designs of the Cardstock, RC Board
and Plywood windows and doors?
A. They are the same basic designs. I a few cases we have widened the
mullions on windows to better utilize certain materials.
Q. How thick are these materials?
A. The card stock is a 6 ply hot pressed board that is .020" thick.
That's the same thickness as the RC Board and 1/64" plywood.
Q. Are the card stock windows and doors better than the plywood
A. That would depend on your use. The plywood is stronger and
somewhat more flexible than the card stock. RC Board is the most popular
material because it has the best all around properties.
Q. Then what is the advantage of each of these materials?
A. As stated above, each material has it's own advantages and
disadvantages. If the windows or doors are to be painted the RC Board is
your best choice.
Q. Is painting the card stock windows and doors different than the
RC Board or plywood ones?
A. Actually no. It's best that each material should be given a primer coat of a solvent
based paint such as Floquil. Use light coats of pain and build up color
with multiple coats allowing each to dry totally before applying the
next coat of paint. After that water based paints such as Poly
Scale or acrylic craft paints can be used. All painting should be done
before placing on the acetate.
Q. What other advantages might there be to the card stock or RC
Board over the
A. With no grain direction it's easier to cut the stock without it
splintering or breaking. Also, it's easier to do such painting effects
as "peeling paint" because you don't have a wrong grain direction
showing. You can do double sided sashes on windows a little easier with
the card stock because of the self-adhesive backing.
Q. Is the self-adhesive backing permanent or
A. The self-adhesive applied to the back of the these materials is a
strong permanent adhesive and once burnished down should not delaminate
What do these card stock windows and doors look like?
A. Check the photo below for a sample
of D4001 windows.