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Architraves and Skirtings

What size architrave/skirting should I use?

It is an individual choice but tends to be proportional to the height of the rooms ceilings. Large skirtings work well with higher ceilings. To create contrast select an architrave one size down.

USEFUL PORTA HOW TO VIDEO – How to install an architrave & How to install skirting.

Custom Mouldings

Can Porta match any profile?

Yes, if your profile isn’t one of our existing moulding profiles, we can match it (or take it from your drawings) and make it to your requiremnets. The cost depends on the profile size and required species and any additional surface finishes . Your profile can be taken from an existing shape, a sketch, drawing or CAD model.

Dressed Boards & Panels

Can Laminated Panels be used for a Vanity in the Bathroom?

Yes, Porta’s Pine Panels (laminated) can be successfully used for your cabinet. Porta Pine Panels can be successfully used for a bathroom vanity cabinet.  The panel should be fully coated to protect it against moisture, humidity and any oils.

There is a huge array of paint and coating products available for such a purpose and it would be best to contact the manufacturers themselves who will be able to advise the best finish method for your particular use.

FAQ

What safety gear should I use when working with timber?

It is recommended that safety glasses and masks are worn when working with any timber product, especially when cutting or sanding. Some people prefer to wear disposable gloves when using adhesives to minimise the exposure to their skin.

What angles do I need for the mitres?

For square corners, 45 degree mitres are required. The method of cutting mitres depends on your application. For flat surface s/walls, and applying a skirting or a chair rail moulding then a use a 45 degree mitre across the width. For two different surfaces at 90 degrees (wall, ceiling) and applying a crown, cornice or scotia moulding a different method using a mitre box will be required to cut the corners.

Useful Porta How To videos – How to install skirting boards and How to install cornice

What angles do I need for the mitres?

For square corners, 45 degree mitres are required, however the method used depends on your application Ð whether the moulding is to be affixed to a flat surface or wall as in the case of, for example, skirting or chair rail, or whether the moulding is to be affixed to two different surfaces at 90 degrees to one another e.g. wall and ceiling, as in the case of crown, cornice or scotia.
Useful Porta DIY video – How to Mitre

What safety gear should I use?

It is recommended that safety glasses and masks are worn when working with any timber product, especially when cutting or sanding. Some people prefer to wear disposable gloves when using adhesives to minimise the exposure to their skin.

FORESCOLOR

Can FORESCOLOR be veneered together or onto other timber?

FORESCOLOR can be laminated with other layers of FORESCOLOR using standard PVA or Urethane adhesive and pressing techniques. By layering FORESCOLOR and machining (routing) through these layers, a multi-color effect can be achieved. For examples click here. Also FORESCOLOR can be veneered with a decorative layer of fine wood, if required, using standard veneering processes.

Can FORESCOLOR be cut with laser cutting process?

The preferred method to cut FORESCOLOR is with CNC routing equipment. This will produce an accurate and clean edge. The laser cutting process will produce and black, inaccurate and burnt edge. Porta have FORESCOLOR fabrication partenrs in each state who can help you with your routing or laminatng requirements – click here for their details

Is FORESCOLOR suitable for a floor?

FORESCOLOR is not suitable as a hard wearing surface such as a floor or high wear surface.

Is FORESCOLOR treated against attack by termites or white ants?

FORESCOLOR is a non-toxic board and is not treated against attack by termites or white ants. It is recommend for use where there is no a threat by termites or white ant.

What are the benefits of using FORESCOLOR?

FORESCOLOR offers the designer a unique opportunity to provide colour, texture and durability for areas where high visual impact is required. Specially formulated organic resin within the board which means it fits somewhere between a standard wood fibre board (MDF) and a solid surface, specifically prepared for modern applications, laminating, routing machining and high-quality finishing.

FORESCOLOR benefits include;

  • solid colour throughout the board,
  • non-toxic and low formaldehyde emission – E0 rated,
  • less effort to coat and finish than plain MDF (reducing labour and material costs significantly),
  • laminate and route for 3D designs,
  • colour stability (UV and artificial light resistant),
  • increased moisture stability in humid environments,
  • greater internal cohesion and mechanical strength,
  • hard and durable, and
  • much less porous than standard MDF. This makes it easy and less expensive to finish (2 coats of clear lacquer on a black board will suffice whereas 4-5 coats of black spray paint finish are required on MDF board to achieve similar results.

If the FORESCOLOR board gets scratched or damaged over time, it can easily be sanded and coated again because the organic dyes runs throughout the board.

For more information or to place an order Contact Us.

Is FORESCOLOR fire-rated?

Yes, FORESCOLOR MDF board in plain and embossed have been tested in accordance with AS/NZ 3837:1998 and has achieved a Group 3 rating.

For more information click here.

How do I specify FORESCOLOR?

Short Specification
FORESCOLOR engineered fibre board consisting of wood, resin, wax and natural colours as supplied by Porta (Ph 1300 650 787 – www.porta.com.au) consisting of wood fibres dyed with non-toxic organic pigment dyes in a range of colours consistently distributed throughout the board.

Long Specification
FORESCOLOR coloured engineered fibre board consisting of wood, resin, wax and natural colours as supplied by Porta (Ph 1300 650 787 – www.porta.com.au) consisting of wood-fibres dyed with non-toxic organic pigment dyes in a range of colours consistently distributed throughout the board, with either a [plain] or [embossed] surface with the technical attributes outlined in Table 1.

Table 1 – Technical Specifications FORESCOLOR

  • Thicknesses: 5mm 9mm 18mm All Sizes
  • Sheet size: 2,440 x 1,220mm
  • Tolerance Thickness: mm ± 0.4 ± 0.4 ± 0.5
  • Tolerance Length/Width: mm ± 3.0 ± 3.0 ± 3.0 Bending Strength N/mm 35
  • Density: kg/m3 dry 800 760 720 Modulus of Elasticity Nmm >3,000
  • Swelling per 24hrs: % 20 12 8 Formaldehyde Emission E0 <0.5
  • Internal Bond: N/mm 1 0.8 0.7 Toxicity2 Pass
  • Fire Rating: Group 3 buildings Up to Class 9 Buildings in accordance with NCC2015 BCA
  • Notes: Specifications in accordance with KS F 3200 Fibreboard

It is recommended to use EVA adhesive for Cold Press and UF resin+PVAc for Hot press applications.

(1) AS 2924.1:1998 High-pressure decorative laminates
(2) EN 71-3:2013 Migration of certain elements, EN71-9:2013 Organic chemical compounds & ISO 8124:2009 Safety of toys
(3) AS 3837:1998

Colours: Black, Grey, Light Grey, Green, Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow and Brown

Embossed Patterns: American Oak, Linen, Corduroy & Cross-Sawn – Black and Grey in stock, all other colours available on request.

How do I deliver, store and handle FORESCOLOR?
  • Store in a dry, sheltered area.
  • Do not leave sheets unprotected in the rain or direct sunlight.
  • During storage, sheets must be parallel to the ground and aligned with each other on a flat surface.
  • Packs should be stored fully wrapped in plastic with an identical cover sheet top and bottom.
  • Store sheets flat, do not stand the sheets against a wall vertically.
  • Make sure there are no cavities between sheets.
  • Do not stack different sized bundles on top of each other.
  • Sheets must be carried by at least 2 people to avoid breaking.
  • If using a forklift or suction lift, move sheets gently to avoid damage.
What is FORESCOLOR?

FORESCOLOR is a durable, low cost, solid-coloured MDF board available 9 colours and in 3 thickness. It’s vibrant colour continues through the entire board. FORESCOLOR is ideal to be CNC machined through layers of FORESCOLOR to create an exciting a bold, textured panelling or screening. Extremely low emissions (E0 rated), Eco Friendly, non-toxic materials which is ideal for applications as diverse as shop and office fit-outs, hotels and restaurants, furniture production, amenities partitions, wall panels, acoustic panels and other interior applications where a high performance, vibrant and deep coloured board is required to create your unique visual statement.

For more information about the range including colours and dimensions, click here.

What is the board size of FORESCOLOR?

FORESCOLOR boards measure 2400mm x 1220mm. Available in 5mm, 9mm and 18mm board thicknesses.

For more information about the range including the range of colours, click here.

Which colours are available in FORESCOLOR?

FORESCOLOR is available in 9 colours: Black, Light Grey, Grey, Brown, Blue, Green, Red, Orange and Yellow.

For more information click here.

Where do I find out more information about FORESCOLOR?

For more information about FORESCOLOR Plain and FORESCOLOR Embossed boards including colours and performance, click here.

What surface textures are available in FORESCOLOR?

FORESCOLOR plain flat sheet range can be laminated and machined to create amazing 3-dimensional, multi-coloured textured surfaces using traditional CNC machining methods. FORESCOLOR Embossed is supplied with a pressed relief pattern on one face. A range of patterns are available on a purchase-for-project basis. Contact Porta Customer Service for availablity. For more information click here.

How can I get a sample of FORESCOLOR?

We supply a sample boxes with 80x50mm 5mm thick samples of the FORESCOLOR color range. If you are a registered business please click here to request a sample, or call Customer Service on 1300 650 787.

For your DIY project visit your closest Bunnings store for FORESCOLOR.

Click here for your closest stockist.

Can FORESCOLOR be coated?

FORESCOLOR boards are supplied in a raw finish. FORESCOLOR can accept many different types of finishes such as clear or tinted acrylic or solvent-based polyurethane coatings, oil, wax, acrylic or solvent-based paint. It recommended to coat the surface to protect it against moisture or finger marks. All finishes are performed by your contractor or installer. Porta does not provide finishing services.

Contact Cabot Timber Finishes 1800 011 006 for more information or your prefered coating supplier. It is recommended that a sample board is produced by your contractor for your approval. FORESCOLOR does not accept any responsibility for the finish of the final board.

Is FORESCOLOR available in white?

No, FORESCOLOR is not available in a white colour. Because the boards are produced from non-toxic and eco-friendly process which produces the pastel toned colours, a bleaching process would be required to produce a white board which would would conflict with these attributes.

How do I work with FORESCOLOR?

FORESCOLOR can be readily machined, drilled, glued and sanded similar to high density MDF. FORESCOLOR can be fixed using the methods traditionally used with high density MDF, yet due to its high internal bond strength it has a higher mechanical strength and fixing performance. Talk to your preferred installer about the many ways to machine and install FORESCOLOR. FORESCOLOR applications include wall cladding,cabinetry, cabinets, panelling/feature walls and signage.

Is FORESCOLOR waterproof?

FORESCOLOR has enhanced moisture-resistance due to its specially formulated resin. Continued exposure to moisture will affect the performance of the board. FORESCOLOR can be used in kitchen and bathroom areas provided all faces and edges are sealed and it is not subject to prolonged exposure to water or steam.

Handrails

Which brackets suit Porta’s handrail range?

Porta’s Handrail range have been designed to suit handrail bracket generally available in Retail & Specialist hardware outlets. The Oval model features a centre groove to easy align the centre of the bracket.

Mouldings

How can I coat Porta timber mouldings?

Fill any holes or joins with a suitable coloured wood filler, allow to dry. To achieve a matt or semi-gloss paints, we suggest sanding the surface using a medium grit garnet paper (100 – 120 grit). Always sand WITH the grain, never against it, diagonally, nor across the grain. To achieve the smoothest surface, sand again with a fine grade sandpaper. Wipe away dust with a rag.

An alternative method to achieve the smoothest appearance especially for gloss paints is to apply a coat of water to the wood with a damp rag before sanding, then apply desired finish, such as a stain-blocking acrylic primer and allow to dry overnight.

How do I affix timber mouldings?

Mouldings can be affixed to walls or backing panels with either nails or wood adhesives. When fixing with nails it is recommended to pre-drill the holes to avoid the timber splitting.

How do I cover holes and nails on mouldings?

You can easily cover nail holes and blemishes in timber mouldings with wood filler. Push the filler into the hole, smooth it over, and lightly sand before applying your final finish. There is a wide range of readily available wood fillers that are tinted to suit the colour of the timber, which is ideal for staining purposes. Plain filler can be used if painting the timber.

Useful Porta How To Video – Finishing Your Mouldings

Is it necessary to paint timber mouldings?

The type of timber finish you desire is dependant on the species of timber, application and use. Finishes are recommended to enhance durability, increase longevity and for protection of the timber. Leaving timber raw (unfinished) makes it susceptible to moisture damage and staining. Suitable finishes include painting or staining.

Useful Porta How To Video – Finishing your mouldings.

What is the recommended height for Chair or Dado Rail?

Although originally designed to protect walls from damage inflicted by the backs of chairs, the chair rail today serves as a decorative function. By encircling the perimeter of a room or separating different wall finish treatments it can define the room. It is generally affixed horizontally along a wall at a height of approximately 900 to 1000mm, or at about 1/3 of the way up from the floor to ceiling.

Another tip is to place your chair up against the wall, mark where it hits the wall and centering the rail at this level.

USEFUL PORTA HOW TO VIDEO – How to install a Chair rail/Dado rail

Cumaru

Can nailplates be used with Porta Cumaru?

Yes, Porta has conducted laboratory nailplate fixing trials and found the nailplates can produce a stable joint when used with Cumaru timber.

How does Cumaru stand up to UV or sunshine exposure?

Porta Cumaru has been used in external exposed application such as board walks and wharves, for many years. Our trial show Cumaru withstands severe weather exposure and our experience is that it is highly durable. Read more about Cuamru in the Atlantic City Boardwalk case study.

Is Cumaru suitable for in-ground applications like posts etc?

Cumaru is ideal for use in external application such as posts and landscaping. For maximum performance, set posts in concrete to protect it against water. In landscaping applications provide good drainage and protect the timber from static water, where possible.

FJ Clear Pine

Is Porta Pine fire-rated?

Porta PINE (such as Radiata Pine) has fire rating properties under AS 3837 of Spread of Flame of 7 and Smoke Developed Index of 3. General guidance on the properties can be found for this and other these specie at www.timber.net.au/index.php/fire-hazard-properties. Also further information can be found for a particular species at: https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/Wood-Species/.

How do I care for clear pine?

For Clear Pine DAR or square-dressed timber, remove sharp edges by chamfering with a hand plane or sandpaper. Apply a timber stain first to provide the desired colour, then protect the surface with a clear polyurethane coating. If painting, use an oil-based undercoat first then any acrylic paint for top coats.

How do I prepare the timber for painting?

For decorative applications, light sand (sanding with the grain) then fill any holes with a wood filler. To achieve a smoother finish, wipe down with a damp rag, allow to dry for 30 minutes to raise the grain, then sand with a garnet or aluminium oxide 220-240 paper. Apply undercoat (prime) and finishing coats, lightly sand between coats, for a great finish.

General Purpose Pine

How do I care for clear pine?

For Clear Pine DAR or square-dressed timber, remove sharp edges by chamfering with a hand plane or sandpaper. Apply a timber stain first to provide the desired colour, then protect the surface with a clear polyurethane coating. If painting, use an oil-based undercoat first then any acrylic paint for top coats.

H3 Treated Pine

Can Porta’s treated pine be used for a pet kennel or externally?

Yes, it can be used for a pet kennel or external projects. It is treated with a fixed waterborne copper preservative, known as Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ). This protects against rot, decay, UV and weathering. Any chemical treatment may irritate the skin and it is advisable to seal all surfaces with an acrylic or urethane coating.

Is Porta’s Pine treated with any chemicals?

Porta Pine is conditioned with potable town water to stabilise the fibre. No chemicals or treatments are used in the production process. It is exclusively made from timbers sourced from independantly certified, sustainable and renewable forest plantation operations. Porta Treated Pine is treated with ACQ process which is based on a Copper preservative.

Do I need to use a special type of fastener with H3 Treated Pine?

Yes, only use recommended hot dipped galvanised or stainless steel fasteners.

How do I store and care for H3 Treated Pine?

Store boards on a rigid, smooth, flat surface. Boards should be kept covered from direct sunlight, well ventilated and adequately supported. To care for H3 Treated Pine we recommended a clear or tinted oil-based water-repellent coating be applied, either timber stain or paint preparation to all faces and edges.

Jarrah

What is the colour variation I can expect in Jarrah timber?

The colour may vary from light-red to dark-red, and there could be some pale-yellow sapwood streaks.

Karri

How do I prevent Karri from checking and cracking?

In exposed applications, we recommend applying a coat of oil-based preparation to ‘feed’ the timber’, which will slow down the tendency to expand and contract and minimise any surface cracks or checking.

Meranti

Why does Meranti come in so many colours?

There are two types of Meranti, Dark Red and Light Red. Meranti consists of 20 different species meaning the span of colours is quite varied so you will see many shades from light-pink to dark-red. Porta manufacturers and moulds Light Red Meranti, which is less dense than Dark Red making it more suitable for mouldings and internal joinery applications where decorative profiles are needed.

Is Meranti suited for external applications?

Meranti is not recommended for external uses. If exposed to the weather it must be protected with a suitable coating treatment. Porta Meranti is a Class 4 timber rated at up to 7 years above-ground natural durability.

Meranti Veneer

Can Porta’s Meranti Veneer be clear coated?

Yes, Meranti Veneer is ideally finished with a clear coat of urethane coating. Ensure the timber is prepared with a light sand and cleaned before the finishing coat.

Where would you use veneered Meranti instead of other alternatives?

Use in applications where consistant colour and a premium finish is required, because the colour of Standard Meranti varies as it uses a combination of species and Pine product which can include defects and variation in grain which can reduce the quality of the finish.

Primed FJ Pine

Can I use oil-based paints on primed pine?

Yes, Oil or solvent based paints can be used. Apply a light sanding and wipe down before applying the paint.

Do I need to paint over Primed Pine?

The primer used on Porta Primed Pine is not formulated as a finish coat and withstand wear and tear. It is ready to accept a finish top coat, yet we recommended to firstly sand lightly, wipe down before applying finsih top coat (water-based acrylic or oil based solvent paint).

For more information view our Timber page

Tasmanian Oak

Is Porta’s Tasmanian Oak treated with any chemicals?

Tasmanian Oak by Porta is exclusively made from timbers from independent, certified, sustainable and renewable Tasmanian operations. The timber is conditioned with potable town water, to stabilise the fibre. No chemicals are used in the production process.

Is Tasmanian Oak suitable for external use?

Porta Tasmanian Oak is often used for windows and external doors in the southern states, but it must be painted or sealed to ensure protection from the weather. It is best used for protected and indoor applications. It is not recommeded for applications in tropical climates and where there is a high potential risk of insect attack.

Timber Species

Do Porta’s timber come from environmentally sustainable resources?

Porta is committed to the use of timber from environmentally responsible resources, and the majority of the Porta product range are certified under either the FSC® or the PEFC™ schemes.

For more information and to view a list of certified products view our Sustainability page.

Is Porta timber certified?

Porta is committed to the use of timber from environmentally responsible resources, and the majority of the Porta product range are certified under either the FSC® or the PEFC™ schemes.

For more information and to view a list of certified products view our Sustainability page.

How do I remove the product label from timber?

We suggest gently peeling the label off and lightly sanding to remove any residual gum. For smaller labels carefully remove with steam.

Older dry labels can be removed with the use of a citrus-based solvent such as De-Solv-it or Un-du, then allowing to dry before gently sanding.

What causes timber to move/bow?

Timber is a natural material that absorbs and releases moisture in response to ambient humidity and temperature conditions. Our production process reduces the moisture content to stablise the timber against bow, spring and twisting movement, yet it is possible that timber will move slighgtly due to moisture levels during transportation and storage. Porta’s timber mouldings and products include the amount of acceptable bow, spring and twist movement is graded in accordance with Australian Standard 4785 and 2796.

What is the difference between hardwood and softwood?

The terms Hardwood and Softwood relate to the tree the wood is derived from.

Hardwood is produced from angiosperm tree which have a flowers and produces seeds, and have a more dense and complex structure than softwood which has more pores and vessels. Porta’s Hardwood range is available in a variety of mouldings and timber products in a range of specie including Tasmanian Oak, Meranti, Cumaru, Jarrah and White Wood, and others on request.

Softwood is produced from conifer trees which have needles and produce cones, and are not necessarily softer than hardwoods. They are an affordable option of timber and come in various grades including a finger jointed option. Porta utilises softwood timber from Taeda Pine and Pinus Radiata species used in Porta Clear Pine, General Purpose Pine, FJ Raw Pine, Primed FJ Pine and H3 Treated Pine.

See our Timber for more information about timber species.

What timber can I use outdoors?

Porta has a number of timbers suitable for outdoor applications including Cumaru, Karri, Jarrah and H3 Treated Pine. It is important to determine whether the application is for above ground or inground as the durability class of the timber will determine its suitability. Porta’s moulding range includes H3 Treated Pine which is suitable for above-ground exterior applications, having a natural durability class of 30 years above-ground. Hardwood such as our Tasmanian Oak timber is also suitable with a natural durability class of 7-15 years above-ground.

For more information and FAQ visit Our Timber page.

White Wood

How do I install White Wood architraves?

Porta’s White Wood light weight trim mouldings can be easily glued with a PVA adhesive or nailed with a light weight brad to a panel or wall.