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Any questions? Browse our answers to the most frequently asked questions about HONEXT®.

I have a problem with my HONEXT® panels. What should I do?

Contact our team for any questions related with your HONEXT® panels or orders. We are here to help.

How can I recycle my old HONEXT® boards?

At this point, HONEXT® panels can only be recycled as part of our manufacturing process in our production plant in Vacarisses. We are working on a take-back programme for our collaborators to recycle their panels when these reach the end of their natural life.

Does HONEXT® provide help during the installation and processing of the material?

The HONEXT® team will answer all your questions during the installation and processing of the panels, sharing best practices and troubleshooting when needed.

You can also download a copy of our Processing and Handling Manual for detailed instructions on how to work with HONEXT® panels.

Can HONEXT® work on custom solutions for my projects?

Based on the volume of your order, HONEXT® team can work with you from inception to implementation to deliver a custom-built solution that responds to your needs. For smaller and architecture projects, we are unable to offer custom-built panels, but our team will guide you throughout the process with the best ways to use HONEXT®.

Get in touch and let’s start discussing how we can help you.

How should HONEXT® panels be transported, handled and stored?

HONEXT® panels must remain flat during transportation and storage, with the front side always facing up. They must be stacked by dimensions and mounted on supports or chocks that allow the batches to be lifted and handled without damaging the material. We recommend HONEXT® pallets to contain a maximum of 30 panels. The edges must be protected whenever the material is handled, especially when unpacking it.

It is recommended to store HONEXT® panels in a space protected from the elements and without high temperature and relative humidity levels, always avoiding sudden changes in these conditions.

Can HONEXT® be laminated?

Yes. HONEXT® can be laminated like any other type of wood-based panels. It can only be recycled if separated from the bonded sheets.

The material withstands well the use of a hot plate press with common industrial adhesives, of a cold plate press with aqueous dispersion adhesive based on polyvinyl acetate (white glue), and of hand lamination with solvent-based polychloroprene contact adhesive (contact adhesive).

You can find more details on how to laminate HONEXT® in our Processing and Handling Manual.

How can I repair HONEXT® panels?

To repair bumps or deep scratches on installed and processed HONEXT® panels, the use of wood putty is recommended.

The panel should be painted with plastic, enamelled or thixotropic paint to obtain a homogeneous colouration both on the original surface and on the areas covered by putty. If the material has not been previously sanded, caulking makes it lose its texture, making repairs slightly visible.

These wood putties allow for the recycling of the material as long as they are applied in small quantities.

How should HONEXT® panels be cleaned?

For regular, everyday maintenance of HONEXT® panels, use a dry cloth or vacuum. For more thorough cleaning, use a moistened cloth with a soft degreaser, then wipe it with a dry cloth. As HONEXT® is a porous material, contact with oily substances must be avoided.

– Avoid using sponges made of steel or other abrasive materials that would scratch the surface
– Avoid banging or cutting the surface with blunt objects which could scratch it and remove its protective layer
– Do not use alcohol, stain removers, thinners, acetone, trichloroethylene, ammonia, bleach, vinegar, anti-limescale cleaners or any other fluid containing these substances
– Do not use abrasive powder cleaners or detergents which could ruin the aesthetic appearance and surface finish of the product
– Do not drag objects across the surface to avoid scratching
– Do not concentrate on one area when cleaning the surface, as this may alter its appearance.

What varnishes, paints, dyes and primers should be used with HONEXT®?

HONEXT® panels can be treated with the most common coating products for wood-based materials, but there are certain recommendations that should be followed to achieve best results.

We recommend the use of water-based products as they align with the sustainability standards of HONEXT®. Any water-based product used must be fast-drying and not be diluted.

Natural products based on waxes and oils commonly used on wood materials also deliver excellent results when applied on HONEXT® panels, respecting the aesthetics of the material while protecting it.

To help the paint cover the natural colour of the panels, a white primer is recommended. Bear in mind that some neutral-colour varnishes might accentuate the natural pigments found in the material, causing darker stains on the panel’s surface.

When applied in small percentages, the below products, also used in natural wood and wood-based materials, do not affect the recyclability of HONEXT®:

– Water-based acrylic paints and varnishes (e.g. FA1019 by ICA Iberia)
– Oil-based paints and dyes (e.g. Naturoil by ICA Iberia)
– Polyurethane or enamel water-based varnishes
– Any primer specified for wood

You can find more about the recommended coating products and how they should be used in our Processing and Handling Manual.

How should HONEXT® be nailed and screwed?

Pinning is a clean and easy way to install HONEXT® with good results. The panels can be pinned on grid structures using a pneumatic nail gun. When installing HONEXT® on a wooden structure, we recommend using PVA glue to minimise the use of pins and avoid the natural bending of the panel.

Wood screws can be used on HONEXT® panels, although untapered sheet-metal or production screws can give even better results. HONEXT® panels can hold screws as well as most softwoods, but it is advisable to drill a pilot hole before inserting the screw to ensure maximum performance.

What adhesives are recommended for HONEXT®?

In general, wood glues offer great bonding results with HONEXT®, as the material absorbs the adhesive better than most wood and wood-based panels. It can be glued without using pins or screws.

Standard industry glues work perfectly, although they may impact the panel’s recyclability. That’s why we suggest using only non-toxic glues.

For optimum performance, we recommend using polyvinyl acetate (PVA or white glue) and methyl cellulose glues.

Check out our Processing and Handling Manual for details on how to apply these glues and ensure the later recyclability of the material.

Can tools and fastening systems for wood be used in HONEXT®?

Yes. Most commonly used tools for wood and wood-based materials can be used to process and transform HONEXT® panels.

Refer to our Processing and Handling Manual for instructions on which tools to use and their mode of employment.

How should HONEXT® be sawed, drilled, sanded, machined or engraved?

HONEXT® panels can be transformed like most common wood-based construction materials.

You can find detailed instructions on how to saw, drill, sand, machine and engrave HONEXT® in our Processing and Handling Manual.

In what projects has HONEXT® already been used?

To get a better sense of what our collaborators have been building with HONEXT®, you can visit our collection of case studies and the testimonials in our blog.

What can HONEXT® panels be used for?

HONEXT® panels have a wide range of construction and design applications for interior built environments. The material’s many potential uses include panels for decorative uses, wall and ceiling applications, as well as acoustic and furniture products.

You can get ideas for specific applications by exploring our previous collaborations.