PaperStone™ slabs are made from sustainable sources. Original PaperStone contains 50% post-consumer recycled content, and PaperStone Certified is made from 100% recycled materials. All PaperStone products are made from Paneltech's proprietary, petroleum-free resin that contains natural ingredients like cashew nut shell liquid. All PaperStone products are available in the same panel sizes, basic colors, and have identical mechanical properties.
Standard panel sizes:
5’ X 12‘ (1524 x 3657 mm)
5’ X 10‘ (1524 x 3048 mm)
5’ X 8‘ (1524 x 2438 mm)
3/4” (19 mm)
1” (25 mm)
1-1/4” (32 mm)
1/2” (13 mm) panels for use in built-up edge installations are available.
Other panel thicknesses and sizes are available by special order.
The color of the finished panel is determined by the recycled paper content, the recycled paper type (e.g. old cardboard containers versus mixed office waste), the phenolic resin and the pigments and dyes that are used. Because of all of these factors and the natural tendency of phenolic resins to darken and 'yellow' over time, we cannot guarantee that color will match precisely batch-to-batch. We have instead chosen to let the natural progression of aging proceed to produce an authentic product that matches to your expectation of what a natural product is supposed to do. PaperStone comes in the colors shown to suit any design style in the kitchen, bath or office. Solid Color: PaperStone's color comes from the natural color of the paper and the pigments and dyes used in the manufacturing process. The color is not a surface treatment. It is all the way through the product. Patina and Aging: PaperStone will develop a seasoned appearance that is an inherent characteristic of the material. The aging process takes time and there will be deeper luster in areas of heavier use. Overall, it will appear softer and deeper in tone. To further understand the patina and aging process there are three important points to remember.
Aging begins with manufacture and may take a number of years to complete. It is similar to the manner in which natural wood products acquire a deeper, richer tone over time.
The effect of aging in PaperStone material is primarily a result of the aging of the resin component, which begins as pale amber and deepens to a rich shade of sienna and the color in the recycled paper.
The aging and patina process is a natural progression. It is most noticeable on the lighter colors. For this reason, there is no cause for concern and you should expect tonal differences between sheets at the time of installation, even if they are from the same batch. However, as the sheets age, variability converges, creating a more uniform appearance over time.
Tonal Variations: Color and brightness may vary from sheet to sheet and even within a sheet making each one unique. This variation is expected in a product composed of natural materials. PaperStone samples may appear different than the installed product due to the age and patina of the samples and the differing thicknesses of the materials. Measuring color variation from sheet to sheet is difficult and is subjective requiring good judgment be exercised when making comparative statements.Striations: PaperStone has a mottled appearance, in which patterns show a striated effect lengthwise. This is less apparent on dark colors; however, the mottled appearance is still visible. These qualities are due to the natural variation in the paper used to make the material. Leather shows minimal striations, due to the uniformity of the natural wood fibers used to make this product.
Surface Texture: The surface texture and level varies. There will be more texture when it is first installed and it will become smoother and develop more luster over time and with use. It may also have a slight unevenness here and there on the surface level; this is because it is pressed, not molded, into the sheets.
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Phenolic resins are used to make PaperStone. They have been around for nearly a century since Henry Baekland invented Bake-Lite, the familiar black thermoplastic case of the original, black rotary telephones. Cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL)-based resins are the type of phenolic resins used to make PaperStone. They have long been prized for their extremely high abrasion resistance. They are still preferred for high quality automotive brake pads. What sets PaperStone apart is the company's highly-skilled and creative technical staff, the company's own resin laboratory, resin plant and commitment to the cleanest and 'greenest' products and processes that are technically and economically possible. PaperStone resins have also been specially designed to produce a hardwood-like, highly workable and not brittle composite panel.
Paper fiber is the other major component of PaperStone. The source of paper for the company's Certified product is Grays Harbor Paper Company, a small, independent, paper mill that is located adjacent to where PaperStone is made. Both Grays Harbor Paper Company and Paneltech International, LLC (the makers of PaperStone) are chain-of-custody certified by Smartwood and the Forest Stewardship Council.
PaperStone becomes a composite product when specially-produced sheets of paper are saturated with the company's proprietary resins and pressed under heat and pressure. This cross-links the resin polymer in all three dimensions producing a dense, homogeneous and essentially non-porous composite product that doesn't delaminate. PaperStone has been tested under the most stringent testing protocols and has no detectable formaldehyde.
Structurally rigid and sound in vertical and horizontal applications. An unloaded, 1" thick panel of PaperStone will cantilever 4 feet with less than 1/16th inch deflection.
Water absorption (by weight): 0.82%
Density (g/cm3): 1.4 to 1.45%
Internal bond (psi): 1,225 lbs (555.65 kg)
Modulus of Rupture (flexibility): Face 24,320 psi / Edge 21,834 psi
Modulus of elasticity: X direction 1,724.25 ksi. Y direction 1,666.58 ksi
Compressive strength: 45,324 psi
Coefficient of thermal expansion: 3.64
Izod impact strength: Face 3.29 / Edge 0.73
Hardness test Barcol meter: (Barber Coleman) 47 avg
Light colors may darken slightly with UV exposure.
ASTM E84 Fire Test results - Flamespread Index (20) Class A Rating Smoke / Developed Index (110) Class A Rating
Due to its smooth, non-porous surface and good chemical resistance properties, PaperStone is a good choice for labs and food preparation areas.
Fabrication and Finish
- Millwork and cabinetmaker craftsmen can fabricate using traditional woodworking tools (e.g. triple-chip carbide blades).
- The laminated nature of the product creates an edge that resembles a solid surface product with a faint wood grain appearance.
- Unlimited edge detail with traditional tooling
- Seams carefully made with CA5 or two-part epoxy are tight and difficult to see.
- Shims provide height adjustment prior to final installation
- We recommend PaperStone finish. It is made from all natural raw materials.
- Sanding using a Scotch-Brite maroon or green pad will provide a smooth finish that will also help preserve the surface integrity.
We recommend PaperStone for a wide variety of interior horizontal applications such as counters for kitchens, window sills and door thresholds. We also recommend these products for structural applications, landscape components, furniture, table tops and other manufactured products.
PaperStone is also an excellent choice for rainscreens.
PaperStone Certified and Original both also work well in vertical applications such as toilet partitions, interior and exterior paneling, exterior cabinet work, and chair rail.
Standard panel sizes are 60" x 144" in standard thicknesses of 3/4", 1" and 1-1/4", but a variety of sizes and thicknesses may be ordered below.
Benefits and Certifications
Depending on the project, using PaperStone® may contribute toward four LEED points in the categories of Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design.
PaperStone® is made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and proprietary Petro Free™ phenolic resins.
A 1/2" by 5’ by 12’ (2.54 x 152.4 x 366 cm) slab of PaperStone®
versus a traditional phenolic composite manufactured from virgin fiber and typical, commercially produced resin saves . . .
• 616.5 gallons (2,333.7 liters) of water
• 1,000,000 BTUs of energy
• 65.5 lbs (29.7 kg) of solid waste
• 127 lbs (57.6 kg) of greenhouse gases
• 27.5 lbs (12.5 kg) of petroleum-based phenol
Phenolic resin and paper composites have long been known to have superior tensile, compression, impact and flexural strengths. They are very abrasion resistant. They absorb very little water. They are the products of choice in applications requiring high fire resistance (PaperStone has a Class A fire rating). They are routinely specified for cutting boards and for very demanding, high-use, exterior applications like skateboard ramps.
PaperStone has a high modulus of elasticity.
PaperStone is resistant to staining in kitchen applications.
PaperStone can easily be worked with CNC-routers and lasers to produce signs and very intricately detailed architectural components. Layering different colored resin saturated sheets in the panel production process further expands the range of design options possible.
PaperStone has been thoroughly tested and certified as non-detectable for formaldehyde by the most demanding test available, the so-called desiccant method test.
PaperStone is warm to the touch.
PaperStone panel prices are roughly the same as quality granite and brand name solid surface or quartz material products. As a result of the ease of workmanship and finish of PaperStone, the installed costs are often lower.
Care and Maintenance
PaperStone® is a beautiful, sustainable
composite material that is dense,
durable and easy to care for. Due to its
low porosity it is resistant to staining
from food products or household
It is recommended that an initial
sealing finish be applied to your
new countertop to enhance the
natural color of the panel and
protect against possible spotting
from oily foods left on the surface
for prolonged periods.
- Do use a cutting board rather than cutting directly
on the PaperStone® surface.
- Do use a hot pad or trivet to protect the surface and
nish from excessive heat.
- Do wipe up spills immediately.
- Do wash with hot, soapy water; mild, non-abrasive,
eco-friendly kitchen cleaner or bleach/water
solution. PaperStone® is a green product. Look for earth-
friendly cleaners. Harsh chemicals can harm people
and the environment.
- Do dry counter with a soft towel after washing to
eliminate water spotting.
Apply a coat of paste wax
after cleaning with a bleach/water solution or when
water doesn’t seem to bead up anymore or the luster
seems to have diminished. Generally, it is not
necessary to reapply a wax after
Using a mild bleach/water cleaning solution:
A cleaning solution made from standard bleach diluted down at least 10 times with water is also an effective
cleaner and disinfectant for PaperStone® counters. It is used in the restaurant industry to wipe down food
service areas and kill any food bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a 1:10 bleach to
Note: Some states require that food-contact surfaces be cleaned regularly with a diluted mixture of bleach and
water. For example, Washington State requires that restaurants and lounges use a mixture of 1 oz. bleach to 2
gallons water for daily cleaning. If you currently use a cleaning solution that contains some bleach, test before
using it on a daily basis. If there is no apparent damage to the finish, continue using it. Bleach solutions only
affect the finish if concentration levels are too strong.
- Don’t cut on the surface, always use a cutting board.
- Don’t put hot items directly on the surface.
If the object is too hot to handle with your bare hands,
use a trivet or hot pad. PaperStone® will withstand
temperatures up to 350°F without warping,
de-lamination, or discoloration. However, wax-based
finishes and other types of finishes will not tolerate
that much heat. The wax will melt and need to be
reapplied. Oil-based or polyurethane finishes may
also need to be reapplied if damaged by excessive
- Don’t use cleansers that contain bleach. See note
above concerning mild bleach and water solutions.
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners or abrasive cleaning tools
(such as sponges with scouring pads on one side or
steel wool). There are many disinfecting cleaners on
the market today that are clearly marked as being
not abrasive. If swirl marks or scratches appear after
cleaning, switch to a different cleaning product.
Scratch marks or swirls may be removed by
reapplying The Original Bee’s Wax® spray wax.
However, it is better to use non-abrasive cleaners
and avoid scratches and swirls altogether.
- Don’t slide heavy
objects, or objects
with sharp edges,
across the counter-
- Don’t use chemicals
to clean or refinish
unless you intend to remove the existing finish
entirely and completely refinish the panel.
How to repair rubs or
scratches in your
- To remove rubs, stains or light scratches, use a non-
woven pad (Scotch-Brite® maroon 7447 or similar
product) to evenly buff
the surface. Non-woven
pads can be used with a
vibrating orbital sander
or by hand. Be sure to
treat the entire surface,
not just the problem area.
If only the problem area is
worked, that area will
appear to have more luster
with a noticeable difference in texture from areas that
were not bued. This process does not necessarily
require an extreme amount of pressure; just think of it
as an aggressive cleaning. After the entire section of
PaperStone® has been worked over with the non-woven
pad it will have a dull appearance and show swirl marks
from the abrasion process. These marks will disappear
after reapplication of the finish.
- After sufficiently buffing the surface to remove scuffs
or scratches, remove any dust or residue completely
by washing with denatured alcohol.
Let stand until completely dry.
- Reapply a thin coat of the finish that was originally
applied to your surface. Refer to the PaperStone®
Finishing Guide for more information on finish choices
and application techniques.
- Since this is a refinish, a single coat should be sufficient.
After the finish is allowed to dry completely (at least 8
hours), spray on a new coat of The Original Bee’s Wax®
(or PaperStone® Cleaner/Rejuvenator) and the surface
will be ready for use.
Common sizes, thicknesses, and colors are stocked, and are shipped within about 5 business days from Washington state. Please call to confirm stock availability for your order. If not in stock, slabs will be made to order and will take additional time.