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Phenolic Toilet Partitions – Black Core vs. Color Thru

What are solid phenolic toilet partitions made of?

Phenolic is a unique material designed especially for full water contact, high traffic, and vandal-prone environments. It is ideal for high humidity areas, or where hose-down cleaning methods are used. The material is composed of melamine impregnated decorative surface papers superimposed over a varying number of Kraft phenolic core sheets to achieve a desired thickness, forming a one-piece solid and compact core panel, which will not delaminate. The exterior surface finish is available in many designer color and wood grain texture options to appeal to any decorating taste.

What is the difference between black core and color thru phenolic toilet partitions?

Toilet partition manufacturers offer phenolic toilet partitions in two material type choices. The first is black core and the second is color thru or also known as color core phenolic.

The black core material has a black core and black edges. The color thru has a homogenous color through the edges. Color thru phenolic toilet partitions are a slight premium over their black core toilet partition counterpart. Many architects and designers prefer to have a continuous color on the surfaces and edges, as compared to black core whereby their is a color contrast with the surface color and black edges.

Nonetheless, phenolic in both black core and color core come in a variety of designer finishes from Formica and Wilsonart. The edge color (back core or color thru) have no affect on the material performance, and is solely a design ad aesthetic choice.

The image below in gray illustrates color thru phenolic toilet partitions. The image below in blue illustrates phenolic black core toilet partitions.