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Melamine is combined with formaldehyde to produce melamine resin, a very durable thermosetting plastic used in Formica, and melamine foam, a polymeric cleaning product. The end products include countertops, dry erase/wipe boards, fabrics, glues, housewares and flame retardants. Melamine is one of the major components in Pigment Yellow 150, a colorant in inks and plastics.

Cabinet and furniture making

Melamine resin often is used to saturate decorative papers that are directly laminated onto particle board providing wood and other effects also with white paper for (non-magnetic) dry wipe boards; the resulting panel is often called melamine and commonly used in ready-to-assemble furniture and inexpensive kitchen cabinets. Melamine is available in different sizes and thicknesses, as well as a large number of colors and patterns. The sheets are heavy and difficult to work with, as the resin is prone to chipping when being cut with conventional table saws.[3]