The application of particleboard involves specific qualities that the crude particleboard does not have. All particleboards are not suitable for all applications, especially boards destined for the furniture. Panels should have resistance to scratch, abrasion, and cigarette burns. Therefore, panels are suggested to be coated with overlays for furniture or paneling. In this study, effects of type of overlay, weight of raw decor paper, thickness and type of veneer, and thickness of continuous press laminate (CPL) on the resistances to cigarette burns, scratch and abrasion were investigated. The highest scratch and abrasion resistances were obtained from CPL-coated particleboards while the boards coated with lacquered paint had the lowest values. The results showed that while the raw paper weight, CPL and veneer thickness and type of veneer did not affect the properties, type of surface coating material was found to be effective on the properties. It was stated that CPL was resistant to the cigarette burns, while the other overlays were not. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.