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Solid Plastic (HDPE) vs. Phenolic Toilet Partitions

What is the difference between Solid Plastic (HDPE) and Phenolic toilet partitions?

Both Solid Plastic and Phenolic toilet partitions are ideal choices for high traffic and vandalism-prone commercial restrooms where low maintenance and durability are a necessity. The materials will not delaminate, are completely moisture resistant, low maintenance, and are extremely heavy duty. However, there are differences between solid plastic and phenolic toilet partitions, which we will itemize below:



  • Solid Plastic toilet partitions are made from solid sheets of high density polyethylene (HDPE) resins and have homogeneous coloring throughout the material and smooth, machined edges.
  • Phenolic toilet partitions are made from 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. The material is available in black core (black edges) and color thru (solid color throughout).


  • Phenolic toilet partitions cost more than solid plastic toilet partitions. Average price of $655 per stall.
  • Solid Plastic toilet partitions cost less than phenolic toilet partitions. Average price of $643 per stall. This average includes the NFPA 286 Fire Rated material. If no fire rating is required, the price would be around $580 per stall.


  • Solid Plastic: Panels, Doors, and Pilasters are 1″ thick.
  • Phenolic: Doors & Pilasters are 3/4″ thick. Panels are 1/2″ thick.

Color Selection:

  • Phenolic toilet partitions have many textures and finishes available (from Wilsonart and Formica). Black Core has more color offerings than Color Thru.
  • Solid Plastic toilet partitions have a limited color offering as compared to phenolic toilet partitions.

Repairing Scratches:

  • It is easier to repair scratches on solid plastic toilet partitions as compared to phenolic toilet partitions. This is because the material is solid HDPE throughout and scratches can be melted and blended in with the surface.
  • Repairing scratches on phenolic toilet partitions is more difficult because the surface color is not always the same color as the core, providing a color contrast and making the blemish/scratch more visible.


  • Phenolic toilet partitions weigh more than solid plastic toilet partitions.


If you are looking for professional looking yet low maintenance toilet partitions in a high-traffic commercial restroom, then solid plastic or phenolic bathroom partitions would be the most appropriate toilet partition material for your project.