COMPOSITE PANEL SKIN MATERIAL 2017-05-18T14:13:20-07:00

CPT combines the widest range of core and composite panel skin material in the industry into composite panel solutions engineered to fit the unique requirements of our customer’s specifications.

Common facing material options include aluminum, ABS, fiberglass, FRP, rubber, vinyl, steel and wood. Other materials are available upon request.


5 = Lightest
5 = Strongest
5 = Most Durable
5=highest Cost
Aluminum 3 4 4 4
ABS 4 3 5 3
FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) 5 3 4 3
Stranded Polypropylene 5 3 5 2
Rubber/Vinyl 3 2 4 3
Steel 1 5 3 2
Wood 0 3 0 1
A lightweight material with high strength to weight ratio. Aluminum is moisture, corrosion, and flame resistant and can be formed to create bent edges or create bends in panels. Aluminum is ideal for transportation, automotive construction and high tech applications.
Available in smooth gel coated or with a reinforced embossed finish, FRP is lightweight, inexpensive, has good impact resistance and can produce a large seamless panel. FRP is moisture and corrosion resistant and available in a variety of textures and gloss levels. Ideal for applications in transportation, marine, and construction.
Stranded polypropylene is a composite skin material available in various thicknesses, sizes, and finishes. It has incredible impact resistance that make it an ideal skin material for high abuse areas such as trailer and van interiors. Available in a seamless sheet, stranded polypropylene can be used in external applications, but does not have an automotive finish quality.
Rubber and vinyl skin materials are ideal for flooring and decking applications. Available in a wide variety of patterns, textures, and colors these skin materials can be decorative or industrial.
Steel is typically the strongest skin material in most applications, however it is also heaviest material we commonly use. Thin gauge steel can be a good alternative when weight is not important as a low cost high strength skin.
Wood can be used as a low cost skin material where weight is not critical. Commonly used in interior applications where mechanical fasteners are required throughout the panel.


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