FINISHED PAPER LAMINATES vs MELAMINE
The most common paper based laminate you will have seen is melamine. The difference between finished papers and melamine papers is in the impregnation process. Both laminates originate from the same raw paper and are impregnated with resins.
Melamine paper is impregnated with high quantities of melamine resin which is then partially cured.
When the paper is pressed onto the board at about 200°C, the melamine resin is re-activated and fuses the paper to the board.