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Marine Plywood Far Eastern BS1088 12mm


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What is marine plywood used for?

Marine plywood is timber cut down into plywood sheets and used in marine environments such as docking areas or on ships. The reason it is preferred is due to the high levels of moisture resistance it offers, allowing it to perform well in wet or moist conditions. This also means it is able to resist warping and bending, unlike many other types of wood, which makes it ideal for use in construction in areas where water and moisture is present.

What is marine plywood made of?

It is comprised of a number of core and face veneers which is used to strengthen the integrity by reducing gaps in-between each of the plywood sheets and preventing water from becoming trapped inside. Each layer is glued together to increase the durability, with weather boil proof (WBP) glue and a coat of water added to increase moisture resistance.

Does marine plywood rot?

Unlike some wood species that have a natural resistance to rot, marine plywood can decay if left untreated. Before it is exposed to moisture it should be protected by a good quality moisture resistant sealant.

How do you seal marine plywood?

There are few steps involved in sealing marine plywood:

  • Use a cloth dipped in acetone to wipe down the sheet material so stains and grease are removed. Allow it to fully dry for 1-2 hours.
  • Sand down the wood before applying the sealant. Use an 80-grit sandpaper and ensure the sides are also sanded down.
  • The amount of sealant you’ll need will depend on grade being used. For example, a clear, penetrating epoxy soaks deep into the wood and requires less sealant. Marine-grade sealers need more coats and need reapplication ever 3-4 years.
  • Always be sure to observe the instructions provided with the sealant as the application instructions may differ from brand to brand.   

What does BS 1088 mean?

BS 1088 is a mark of quality found on the best marine plywood. It is the British Standard specification qualifying that it features untreated tropical hardwood veneers that offer a certain level of resistance to fungal attack. The glue must have been tested and shown to be weatherproof and also resistant to micro-organisms, steam and dry heat and micro-organisms. The standard also ensures the face surface is free of knots (sound pin knots are acceptable) with regular grain. Other elements such as moisture content (6-14% is permitted), manufacturing defects,  

Where can you use marine plywood?

Marine plywood is noted for its use on ships and other marine environments and it can also be used in domestic spaces. It’s ideal for DIY projects on things such as decking, garden furniture, porches and for planters. These are all areas that are more likely to come into contact with moisture and damp on a regular basis and 12mm marine plywood is the perfect product to buy.

Is marine plywood better than regular plywood?

Plywood compromised of many different layers is typically better than timber with fewer, thicker layers because it ensures a thicker, sturdier panel overall. It makes cutting and sanding much easier to manage and produces a better finish overall.



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