Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of our frequently asked questions below to help you with any queries about Surround by Laminex.

Are Surround by Laminex Panels available in a range of colours?

No. Panels are Pre-primed only ready for you to paint with your chosen colour.

Are Surround by Laminex Panels suitable for Bathrooms and Laundries?

Yes. Surround by Laminex is approved for wet area applications. The entire range is now certified Moisture Resistant and suitable for both wet and dry areas, including bathrooms and laundries. Always refer to the Surround by Laminex Installation & Fabrication manual to adhere to splash zones.

Can Surround by Laminex Panels be used on Ceilings?

Surround by Laminex is NOT suitable for any ceiling applications.

Can Surround by Laminex Panels be used as flooring?

Surround by Laminex is NOT suitable for any floor applications.

Why do I need to allow for a 10mm expansion gap?

Surround by Laminex is made from Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF). MDF responds to the humidity and temperature of the surrounding environment, affecting the moisture content of the product, resulting in panel dimensional change.

Is it important to leave the panels to climatise before installation?

Pre-conditioning of Surround by Laminex panels is required in order to achieve moisture content equilibrium (MCE) before fixing, to reduce the likelihood of bowing or shrinkage after installation. Therefore, Surround by Laminex panels must be stored for a minimum period of 48 hours at the same environmental conditions as the subsequent place of use. Failure to condition material may result in product expansion and contraction in response to environmental conditions, particularly with changes in temperature and humidity. This may result in, but is not limited to, bowing or warping of panels, joint failure or build-up of internal stresses that release in the form of cracks.

Can I butt join the panels?

Not without allowing for panel expansion. Claims arising from peaking, movement or any failure of sheets in place due to the use of butt joins will not be covered under warranty.

Can the panels be used outside or in alfresco areas?

Surround by Laminex is NOT suitable for use in any exterior applications.

Can I use Surround by Laminex panels on top of existing plaster board?

Yes, refer to the Fabrication and Installation Manual which can be found on

How do I paint the panels once installed?

Always consult painting manufacturers guidelines.

Do I need to sand the panels prior to painting?

It depends on your desired finish preference. Lightly sand all surfaces to be coated to obtain a smooth and even finish. Use a sanding sponge or progressively use finer grit sandpaper to achieve a smooth edge free of damage, racks, dents or notches. Care must be taken not to abrade the decorative routed areas as this may result in permanent damage of the surface to be painted. Damage to Surround by Laminex panels as a result of surface or panel preparation activities will not be recognised under warranty. Use a soft brush to remove all sanding/processing dust and contamination before painting commences.

Can Surround by Laminex be used as Cabinetry panels?

No - Cabinetry Panels require a thicker substrate. Please view our range of Laminex Profiled Cabinetry Sheets that have been designed to seamlessly integrate with Surround by Laminex Wall Panels.
Click to link: Laminex Profiled Cabinetry Sheets