Description - 19mm 3/4" U Molding for Arcade Machine Cabinet Bartop
Decorate the profiles of your Arcade Machine / Bartop with this 19mm (3/4") U-molding of excellent quality and flexibility manufactured and designed in Spain by Arcade Express. These moldings will allow you to give a professional finish to your Arcade or Bartop cabinet and differentiate it from others.
What is U-molding?
U-molding is nothing more than a U-shaped profile or PVC edgebanding. They come in different size and color but the most commonly used today are 16mm wide (5/8") and of soft/medium flexibility. 16mm width is the most used measure because it coincides with the one used today in the manufacture of Arcade Machines and above all because it is the measure most used in the manufacture of Bartops (arcade machines of reduced size).
According to our data, the most sold colors are black and red. As you can see we have a wide range of colours. In regards to the different available widths, after the 16mm one, the most sold ones are the 19mm and 10mm.
Use cases of U-molding
They are mainly installed on the edges of the wood used in the manufacturing of amusement machines such as arcade cabinets and bartops. However, there are other sectors that make use of moldings. One of them is for example the use in the Camper Vans. In fact, a significant number of our customers belong to this sector. U-moldings are definitely a very versatile product that can be used in any area of furnitare decoration.
Features of our U-molding
Our U-molding is of medium flexibility. Neither too flexible nor too rigid. Unlike other types of u-molding this one has double staining so that the profile can stay intact in the machine, even after a long time, without becoming transparent or colourless.
At Arcade Express we have placed special emphasis on the design of the outer edge of the molding so that they grip and adjust to the wood almost without the need for glue or adhesives, although we do recommend using some kind of glue so the molding sticks perfectly and doesn't move at all.
All the molding that we sell in Arcade Express have been designed by us exclusively. Both the shape and the width of the molding as well as the wide range of colors we work with. We are in permanent and direct contact with our manufacturers and we always check that our moldings offer the best quality to our customers by offering a premium product.
Each purchased unit is equivalent to 1 meter, i.e., if you order 5 units you will get 5 meters. Our rolls are 100 meter, long, so the customer will get undivided strips. Whether you ask for 1 meter or 20 metres, everything will come in one strip.
Advantages and disadvantages of U-molding vs. T-molding
U-shaped Plastic Moldings are a product that was not widely used in the past as that time, Arcade cabinets used T-shaped moldings. This has changed in recent years as U-molding has a number of advantages over T-molding. One of its advantages is that it is easier to install. U shaped moldings are very easy to install since you do not have to route the edges of the wood previously. If, on the other hand, we wish to install a T-molding, we will first have to trim the edges of the wood with the help of a slot cutter or similar tool.
U-molding also has another advantage over T-moding, it can cover any imperfections of the edges and corners of our cabinet such as imprecise cuts of our vinyl artwork, etc.
On the other hand, one disadvantage of using U-shaped molding is that if the bends and corners of our cabinet are very pronounced, the u-molding edges will fold. This doesn't happen if we use T-molding as the edges are flat. So, if our cabinet has very sharp bends and corners, using t-molding will probably give an overall better final look.
How to install the U-molding
Buy cobblers glue. This type of glue is the best for gluing u-molding to the wood.
Apply the glue on the wood and on the inside of the molding. With a small brush or paper, apply a small amount of glue, without overdoing it. Do not smear everything because if we put too much glue the molding will not stick well to the surface.
Wait 5 minutes until it dries a little and place the U-molding little by little. It is important to wait 5 minutes for the glue to dry a little so that the U-molding sticks well. If we do not wait it will not stick properly.