PlyPlay™ is a prefinished, UV-coated plywood made from sustainably grown plantation timbers. Choose a finish quality and durability that can be achieved only in a controlled factory environment.


  • Apartments

  • Houses

  • Baches

  • Commercial interiors

  • Gymnasiums

  • Hospitality

  • Retail





Prefinished for faster installation

Based on plywood sheets, PlyPlay’s factory-coated, modular panels simplify the construction process. With fewer trades needed on-site, you will achieve a compressed time frame when lining an interior. PlyPlay is ideal for transforming existing spaces, and for use on prefabricated housing, commercial feature walls and cabinetry.


VOC-free paint

The factory-based UV-curing technology uses paints that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Coatings are instantly dried on the UV line, with no subsequent VOC emissions, resulting in cleaner air than in conventional surface-coating processes.



UV-coated for greater durability

PlyPlay features a durable surface coating, which uses ultraviolet light to cure the paint – a photochemical process that binds the pigments. UV-cured paints are tougher than conventional coatings, offering improved resistance to impact, scratch and general wear. The PlyPlay surface will last longer than most architectural paint systems, so requires less maintenance over its lifetime.


Prefinished colour

PlyPlay comes in three different colours. Finished with a smooth satin surface, each colour has a delicate pearl sheen, based on mineral mica, to accentuate the natural warmth of the timber.



PlyPlay is an indent product with a three-week lead time and available exclusively through CARTERS.

Product performance

PlyPlay is designed for wall and ceiling lining, joinery and furniture in residential and commercial applications, excluding high-humidity situations. It is a low-formaldehyde plywood, manufactured from sustainably grown plantation pine and birch. PlyPlay is coated by Bates Surface Solutions, New Zealand’s largest coating applicator for building panel products, using the most advanced computer-controlled UV line in New Zealand and Australia.



Panel options

PlyPlay™ comes in pine and birch with three colour options.



Our premium pine plywood for walls and ceilings is made from sustainably grown radiata pine logs. These have few knots and a uniform, lightly toned appearance that finishes beautifully and consistently.

Panel: 2400mm x 1200mm
Thickness: 12mm
Face grade: BD
Coating: single-side (with a sealed rear face and edges



Our premium birch plywood for cabinetry and feature walls is made from sustainably grown birch. Its beautiful, lightly toned appearance provides an excellent surface quality.

Panel: 2440mm x 1220mm
Thicknesses: 12mm / 18mm / 25mm
Face grades: Birch B / BB*. The face side of the 18mm is identified with a PlyPlay label. The BB face has small patches
Coating: single-side for 12mm (with a sealed rear face and edges) and double-side for 18mm / 25mm (with sealed edges)



Product information


Using low-emission formaldehyde plywood and sustainably sourced timbers, and with no VOCs from the paint coating process, PlyPlay contributes to a building’s sustainability credentials.


PlyPlay can be installed using a variety of fastening and fixing methods depending on the finish desired. General fixing techniques include: nailing, screw and gluing; battens and skirtings to cover joints; proprietary systems such as Stickman and Fastmount; decorative mechanical fasteners; negative detailing; and fixings for non-bracing walls and ceilings.

The panel edges and back are sealed, which promotes stability and also assists installation when using double-sided tape. And when delivered to site, the coated faces are supplied with removable protective film. Before you cut PlyPlay, see our guide to finishing raw edges at and watch our installation videos. Read our installation guidelines.


We recommend cleaning PlyPlay panels when required with a warm, damp cloth and a mild detergent. Avoid using solvents or abrasive cleaners.



Samples are indicative only. Being a natural product, PlyPlay is subject to some variations in moisture content, colour and grain, with the occasional imperfection. To minimise batch-to-batch variation, we recommend ordering all product required in one job order. Natural wood colours change over time and are affected by sunlight exposure.


PlyPlay comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty. For full details, visit


When used as part of building work – and installed in accordance with the PlyPlay™ installation instructions – PlyPlay meets, or contributes to meeting, the following building code clauses:

B1 Structure; B 1.3.1, B 1.3.2, B 1.3.3 (a, b, j)
B2 Durability B 2.3.1 (b)
C3 Fire affecting areas beyond the fire source C 3.4 (a) (in areas where a Material Group 3 product is required)
F1 Hazardous Building Materials F2.3.1



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