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SECTION 09 70 00
ARCHITECTURAL FINISHES / FUSION
 
 
Copyright 2017 - 2017 ARCAT, Inc. - All rights reserved
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** AMBTRA, Inc.; film for decorative surfaces.
This section is based on the products of AMBTRA, Inc., which is located at:
8000 Regency Pkwy. Suite 500
Cary, NC 27518
Tel: 919-460-1212
Fax: 919-460-0258
Email: request info (krudolph@ambtra.com)
Web: www.ambtra.com
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AMBTRA, Inc. is located in Cary, North Carolina and has been in business in North America since 1995. AMBTRA is an innovative member and subsidiary of The Koike Group from Japan. AMBTRA specializes in decorative surfacing materials for the commercial building and furniture markets including such materials as Belbien (Decorative Films with Pressure Sensitive Adhesive); and Bonlex (3-D Thermofoil Products), and other specialty products.
David M Groff is the Belbien Director and International Technical Consultant with AMBTRA. He worked directly for the manufacturer of Belbien in Japan from late 1989 to 1995 as the Belbien International Technical Consultant. Since then, AMBTRA has developed the most comprehensive Belbien training in the industry for both the sales and installation pressure sensitive adhesive films. Call David M Groff at 919-215-9834 or email at dgroff@ambtra.com for more information.
 
PART 1 GENERAL
 
1.1
SECTION INCLUDES
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete items below not required for project.
 
A.
Architectural film for walls, ceilings, columns, soffits, doors, cabinets, millwork, casework and paneling elevator doors and elevator cabs, for substrates including gypsum board, melamine, wood, medium density fiberboard, PVC and board surfaces.
1.2
RELATED SECTIONS
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete any sections below not relevant to this project; add others as required.
 
A.
Section 06 20 00 - Finish Carpentry.
B.
Section 06 41 14 - Plastic Laminate Faced Architectural Cabinets.
C.
Section 08 11 13 - Hollow Metal Doors and Frames.
D.
Section - .
E.
Section - .
F.
Section 12 31 00 - Manufactured Metal Casework.
G.
Section 12 32 16 - Manufactured Plastic-Laminate-Clad Casework.
H.
Section 14 21 33 - Electric Traction Residential Elevators.
I.
Section 14 20 00 - Elevators.
1.3
REFERENCES
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete references from the list below that are not actually required by the text of the edited section.
 
A.
ASTM International (ASTM) E 84 - Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials.
B.
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) UL723 - Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials.
1.4
SUBMITTALS
A.
Submit under provisions of Section 01 30 00 - Administrative Requirements.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Limiting submittals to only those actually required helps to minimize liability arising from the review of submittals. Minimize submittals on smaller, less complex projects.
Include the following for submission of shop drawings, product data, and samples for the Architect's review.
 
B.
Submittals for Review:
1.
Product Data: Manufacturer's descriptive data for Belbien Architectural Film and accessories.
2.
Samples: 8 x 11 inches (203 mm x 279 mm) samples showing specified color and finish.
3.
Warranties: Sample warranty form.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include the following for submission of quality control submittals. These submittals are intended for the Owner's record purposes and are not intended to be reviewed by the Architect.
 
C.
Fire Performance: Certification that Belbien meets Class A fire flame spread and smoke development classification requirements.
D.
Maintenance Data: Include maintenance data for installed products, including recommended and cleaning materials and methods.
1.5
QUALITY ASSURANCE
A.
Installer Qualifications: Certified installer of films trained by AMBTRA, Inc.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include the following for full size mockups for review of construction and coordination of work of several sections, if needed.
 
B.
Mockups:
1.
Contact Certified Trained Dealers for mockups based on the application.
2.
Include films and accessories.
3.
Locate where directed.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete if not required.
 
4.
Approved mockup may remain as part of the Work.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include the following for a pre-installation conference attended by the parties performing the work of this section, if needed.
 
1.6
PRE-INSTALLATION MEETINGS
A.
Pre-Installation Conference:
1.
Convene at site immediately prior to beginning work of this Section.
2.
Attendance: Architect, Contractor, Belbien Architectural Films certified installer, and related trades.
3.
Review and discuss:
a.
Product delivery and storage, substrate requirements, installation schedule, and protection for completed work.
b.
For gypsum board substrates, review types of seams to be used.
1.7
DELIVERY, STORAGE, AND HANDLING
A.
Store in a climate-controlled environment protected from weather, excessive temperature changes, and harmful conditions as recommended by manufacturer.
B.
Store in original plastic bag (sleeve) and boxes, at temperature between 40 and 95 degrees F (4 degrees and 35 degrees C) and relative humidity below 80 percent.
C.
Do not stack boxes over five units high and make sure that no boxes are cross-stacked. The ends of all underlying boxes (with plastic end-caps) shall support the weight of boxes stacked on top of them to prevent crushing.
D.
Do not use materials beyond one year shelf life.
1.8
PROJECT CONDITIONS
A.
Maintain environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, and ventilation) within limits recommended by manufacturer for optimum results. Do not install products under environmental conditions outside manufacturer's recommended limits.
B.
Do not install films at ambient temperatures below 50 degrees F (10 degrees C) or above 95 degrees F (35 degrees C).
1.9
SEQUENCING
A.
Ensure that products of this section are supplied to affected trades in time to prevent interruption of construction progress.
1.10
WARRANTY
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Contact AMBTRA, Inc. for a current listing of approved Certified Dealers / Installers.
 
A.
Furnish dealer's installation warranty along with manufacturer's two year product warranty providing coverage for material defects and specifically for: reduced gloss, developed texture, decomposition, swelling, clouding, tackiness, crazing, bubbling, and cracking of films.
PART 2 PRODUCTS
 
2.1
MANUFACTURERS
A.
Acceptable Importer / Distributor: AMBTRA, Inc. 8000 Regency Pkwy. Suite 500 Cary, NC 27518. Tel: 919-215-9834 Fax: 919-869-2300. Email: dgroff@ambtra.com.
B.
Web: http://www. belbien.com.
C.
Substitutions: Not permitted.
2.2
ARCHITECTURAL FILMS
A.
Product: Belbien Architectural fusions as distributed by AMBTRA, Inc. as manufactured by CI Takiron Co., Ltd.
B.
Fire Smoke Development and Flame Spread classification: Class A, tested to ASTM E84 and UL 723.
C.
Pattern: ____.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** SYSTEM PARAMETERS
Substrate: The Belbien Architectural Film shall be applied to a proper, smooth, solid and non-porous substrate. Applicable substrates are HPL (high pressure laminates), melamine surfaces, wood or metal doors, bare and painted metals, plastics, polished stone finishes, and other hard non-porous surfaces.
Alternative Substrates:
Properly applied (Class 5), primed and sealed gypsum finishes may be acceptable substrates in certain situations. Consult with Belbien Technical Consultant, David M Groff ( dgroff@ambtra.com / 919-215-9834) for advice. Failure to match product application to substrate may result in poor finish quality or diminished product life. Belbien Architectural Films applied to gypsum board substrates cannot be field repaired.
MDF surfaces and raw wood that are sealed properly may be acceptable substrates. Consult with Belbien Technical Consultant, David M Groff for advice.
The Belbien Architectural Films finish system is designed for application to existing substrates, renovation elements such as doors, cabinetry or other existing smooth, solid and non-porous substrates.
The application must be made to surfaces that are non-porous, smooth and free of defects, such as edge-banded melamine board.
Substrates and/or panels must be installed in such a manner as to maintain surface integrity, such as by adhesive or Z-clip installation.
Seams or joints on the substrate must be minimized, but if joints are necessary, they must be made tight and flush and sealed so that the flexible finish product may be overlaid without the substrate joint being noticeable. In many cases, wall panel systems are installed utilizing a 1/4 inch (6 mm) reveal that is either painted or filled with an aluminum extrusion. Consult with David M Groff, Belbien Technical Consultant for specifics on substrate preparation.
Belbien Architectural fusions applied to most smooth, solid and non-porous substrates may be field repaired by a certified installer using approved repair methods.
 
2.3
DECORATIVE FILM
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Belbien is an architectural, decorative film or fusion, which provides an alternative solution for property owners to resurface existing smooth, solid and non-porous surfaces such as outdated high-pressure laminates instead of replacing them. Many of these surfaces are simply outdated or need a new face-lift. The cost for demolition and replacing can be very expensive not to mention the lost revenue associated with DOWNTIME. Eliminate these problems, USE BELBIEN! Delete if not required.
 
A.
Architectural Films:
1.
Product: Belbien as imported and distributed by AMBTRA, Inc. as manufactured by CI Takiron Co., Ltd.
2.
Description:
a.
Architectural decorative overlay with pressure sensitive adhesive backing.
b.
Precision manufactured from blend of synthetic, engineered plastics, produced using calendaring process and printed using high-definition presses.
c.
Thickness: Maximum 6 mils (0.15 mm) without adhesive layer, 8 mils (0.20 mm) with adhesive layer.
3.
Fire smoke development and flame spread classification: Class A, tested to ASTM E84 and UL 723.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include the following for Belbien Architectural Film. Contact David M Groff at AMBTRA, Inc. (919-215-9834 or dgroff@ambtra.com ) for available products and patterns.
 
4.
Pattern: ____.
B.
Accessories:
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include the following paragraph for gypsum board substrates. It is recommended to us a Trained Certified Belbien Installer by AMBTRA, Inc. to apply Belbien Architectural Films over gypsum board substrates.
 
1.
Belbien is best used to apply to a smooth, solid and non-porous substrate such as high pressure laminates, melamine board, primed metal and aluminum. Contact David M Groff, Belbien International Technical Consultant ( dgroff@ambtra.com / 919-215-9834) for questions and/or conditions that "may" be appropriate to apply Belbien over gypsum board, MDF and other porous substrates.
PART 3 EXECUTION
 
3.1
EXAMINATION
A.
Ensure that substrates are:
1.
Smooth, solid and non-porous such as HPL (high pressure laminates), primed metal, aluminum, etc.
2.
Free from gaps and overlaps.
3.
Smooth, free from heavy texture, cracks or bubbles.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include the following for gypsum board substrates. Contact David M Groff, Belbien International Technical Consultant (dgroff@ambtra.com / 919-215-9834)
 
B.
Gypsum Board Substrates:
1.
Architectural films produce a very strong bond strength to gypsum board (drywall) which does not permit repositioning or repairs following the application.
2.
Gypsum board for architectural film application is considered not smooth, solid and it is a porous substrate; therefore, it is recommended to utilize a suitable substrate over gypsum board which is smooth, solid and non-porous such as melamine board, Sintra (PVC foam Board), etc. Applying HPL over directly drywall is not recommended (except in special situations).
3.
Special surface preparation and seaming techniques are required. Drywall surfaces shall have a Level 5 finish.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete if not required.
 
4.
Only trained and certified AMBTRA, Inc. Architectural Film Installers are recommended to be used to apply architectural film over drywall.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include the following for medium density fiberboard substrates.
 
C.
Medium Density Fiberboard Substrates:
1.
Corners are mitered.
2.
Fasteners are counter sunk 1/8 inch (3 mm) below finished surface and filled using approved body filler; Bondo or approved equal by manufacturer.
3.
Joints and seams are flush.
4.
All imperfections and counter sunk areas shall be filled using body filler.
5.
The entire surface shall have an approved primer/sealer applied to eliminate the porosity prior to the application.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete if not required.
 
6.
Only trained and certified AMBTRA, Inc. Architectural Film Installers, are recommended to be used to apply Belbien over MDF Substrates.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include the following for melamine substrates. Melamine is the preferred substrate to receive surfacing.
 
D.
Melamine Substrates; ensure that:
1.
Corners are mitered.
2.
Fasteners are counter sunk 1/8 inch below finished surface and filled using body filler.
a.
Bondo must be primed following repairs to eliminate the porosity prior to installing Belbien.
3.
Joints and seams are flush.
4.
Raw edges are edge banded.
3.2
PREPARATION
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete if not required.
 
A.
Only trained and Certified AMBTRA, Inc. Architectural Film Installers, are to be used to apply Belbien over porous substrates such as Gypsum Board or MDF Substrates.
B.
Comply with manufacturer's instructions for surface preparation by a Trained Belbien Certified installer by AMBTRA, Inc.
C.
Coordinate substrate requirements with certified installer.
D.
AMBTRA, Inc. recommends using an alternative smooth, solid and non-porous substrate such as Sintra (PVC Foam Board), melamine board, etc. when specifying Belbien Architectural Films over gypsum board.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include the following for medium density fiberboard substrates. Contact David M Groff, Belbien International Technical Consultant (dgroff@ambtra.com / 919-215-9834)
 
E.
Medium Density Fiberboard and Raw Wood Substrates:
1.
AMBTRA recommends using a Trained Certified Installer to apply Belbien Architectural Films over MDF.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include the following for melamine and PVC Foam Board substrates. Melamine is the preferred substrate to receive surfacing.
 
F.
Melamine Substrates: Wipe surfaces clean; remove dust and loose matter and clean with denatured alcohol.
1.
Corners are mitered.
2.
Fasteners are counter sunk 1/8 inch below finished surface and filled using body filler.
3.
Joints and seams are flush.
4.
Raw edges are edge banded.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include the following for existing doors.
 
G.
Existing Doors: Remove existing hardware, tag and save for reinstallation.
H.
Prepare other non-porous substrates to smooth, dry, clean surface, free of flaking, unsound coatings, cracks, and defects.
3.3
INSTALLATION
A.
Install architectural films using a Belbien Certified Installer by AMBTRA, Inc. Note: Contact David M Groff, Belbien Director for a Belbien Trained and Certified Installer.
B.
Install architectural films without gaps.
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include the following for three-dimensional components such as rounded, arched, beveled, stepped forms.
 
C.
For three-dimensional applications, utilize ONLY experienced and trained certified installers.
3.4
CLEANING
A.
Consult with certified installer for specific cleaning requirements based on finish, substrate, and applicable environment.
B.
Clean completed surfaces in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.
C.
Do not use caustic, acidic, or abrasive cleaners.
3.5
PROTECTION
A.
Protect completed surfaces from damage using temporary non-staining coverings recommended by surfacing manufacturer.
3.6
REPAIR
 
** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Belbien Architectural Films applied to gypsum board substrates cannot be field repaired.
 
A.
Utilize certified installer to repair damaged architectural films using materials and procedures approved by architectural films manufacturer.
END OF SECTION