Peeling Vinyl: It Can’t Be Fixed But It Can Be Replaced
A common question we receive from people looking to update and renovate their kitchen is ‘how can I fix the peeling vinyl on my kitchen cupboards?’ Peeling vinyl is an frustrating and unappealing to downside to having vinyl wrapped cupboards. Vinyl is often the cheaper option when installing cupboards, and due to its wide range and easy availability it’s a popular choice. Unfortunately, the lifespan of vinyl ranges from 10 to 15 years. Which means at one point or another, whether you were the person to install the cupboards or not it is possible you will be faced with the peeling vinyl dilemma.
Peeling Vinyl Dilemma
Vinyl begins to peel because the glue used the stick the vinyl to the underlying MDF can only be manufactured with a lifespan of up to 15 years. Depending on the way the cupboards have been cared for, the environment in which they were installed and the general durability of the products, vinyl can sometimes begin to peel much earlier than its anticipated lifespan.
When vinyl begins to peel it usually does not do so evenly. The doors which are most well utilised within the kitchen, will often begin to peel first. The top corners which are most often grabbed at will typically be the first to peel, or bottom corners that are regularly bumped or kicked may also be the first spot you notice peeling.
Once the peeling process has begun there is no way to stop it. Unfortunately peeling vinyl cannot be fixed or reglued. Because of this once vinyl begins to peel it can’t be fixed it needs to be replaced.
The Plus Side
Though peeling vinyl does not look the best, there are a number of positive things to keep in mind. Peeling vinyl does not do any damage to the underlying MDF. This means, once the vinyl has began to peel you can remove it yourself and get the MDF painted by a professional polish shop such as Dianella Polishing. Peeling vinyl is quite easy to remove yourself. If you follow the simple instructions on how to safely remove peeling vinyl, it will save you money when getting your cabinets refinished. Once vinyl has been removed, the MDF can be painted to bring new life to your kitchen. Refinishing your cabinets typically costs a third of the price of an entire kitchen renovation. So even though peeling vinyl is unsightly in the short term, once you’re ready to redoing your kitchen it’s going to save you plenty of money in the long run!
If you have any questions about peeling vinyl, painted kitchens or would like to share your kitchen refinishing experience let us know in the comment section below!
Be an Expert: How To Choose The Best Polish Shop
The quality of work that is carried out by a polish shop when painting your cabinets is the most important factor to ensure a perfect finish. The polish shop industry is largely unregulated which has led to a large number of ‘backyard polishers’ hitting the marketplace. Some Cabinet Makers advise you that they use a replicable painting company, when really they are painting your kitchen themselves, in their own workshop with no experience These polish shops aren’t credible and don’t have the industry experience to carry out high quality work. Their poor quality craftsmanship generally decreases the industry standard and creates long term problems for customers down the track. If you are getting your cabinets refinished, become an expert on the industry to make sure you get the best quality cabinets possible. When looking for a polish shop to work with, keep an eye out for these things:
– Ask about their process. An increased number of backyard polishers cut corners on the polish process. Though each polish shop’s process will differ slightly, it is imperative that every job is undercoated before it is painted. As the kitchen, bathroom and laundry are some of the most well utilised rooms in the house, it is important the paint on the cabinets is the most durable it can be. If the cabinets are not undercoated the cost may be lower, but the cabinets will not be to the correct standard that is required for them to be long lasting.And the paint companies will walk away from the warranty if it has not been undercoated.
– If the price is to be true, it usually is. Even a credible polish shop, such as Dianella Polishing, will be able to give new life to your kitchen cabinets at a fraction of the price of replacing them. However, if you are comparing prices between polish shops and one is hugely cheaper than the rest, it’s probably too good to be true. Some polish shops who use sub-par techniques and less quality products will lower the cost of their service. When it comes to cabinet refinishing, you pay for the quality you receive.
– Do your research. If you are using a reputable polish shop they should be able to show you References Of previous work. Trade certificates shows that person been a polisher has received the education they need to carry out your work correctly. Ask for proof of prior experience such as photos and testimonials, Google the company before engaging in their service and ask to view their workshop.
– Use a local business. Within Australia the polish shop industry differs from state to state. Environmental factors such as weather and proximity to the ocean will affect the type of products that need to be used to polish cabinets. Using a business local to WA means the polishers will be experienced in the WA environment and process. National companies may be able to provide services at a slightly cheaper price as they are able to bulk buy paint at larger quantities, but the products used are not as well suited to the WA environment. As a general rule of thumb, local is always best.
When utilising the services of a polish shop there are a number of things to keep in mind to ensure you receive the best quality workmanship and finished product. Research is key! Employing a local, reputable and well trusted company will ensure you’re happy with your cabinets for years to come.
If you have any questions regarding your kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets, let us know in the comments below.
My Vinyl Cabinets Are Peeling: Now What?
If your home was built since the 1980s, chances are you might have a vinyl wrapped kitchen. Known for their affordability and variety of colours, vinyl wrap became a popular kitchen covering option. Fast forward 20+ years and vinyl wrap is still being used in homes today. However, kitchens, bathroom and laundry cabinets that are covered in vinyl wrap will often start experiencing peeling after about 8 to 10 years of installation. The reason for this is simple, the glue which is used to hold to vinyl to the underlying MDF is only made to last about 10 years, after which it loses its stick and begins to peel.
When faced with a peeling vinyl kitchen it’s important not to panic. Though peeling vinyl isn’t the most attractive look for your cabinets, more damage can be done by trying to fix the cabinets than speaking directly with the professional. So what should you do when the vinyl on your cabinets begins to peel?
– Do not sticky tape or glue down the bits of the vinyl that are peeling. Trying to stick down the peeling vinyl will cause more damage, and expense in the long run.
– Call the professionals! When vinyl begins to peel your first call should be to Dianella Polishing. Our experienced rep will come out to your property and assess the damage. He will then be able to point you in the right direction on getting your cabinets looking new again.
After calling Dianella Polishing and speaking to a rep, you might ask yourself what happens next?
– The Dianella Polishing rep will advise you whether your cabinets can be painted. If they are able to be painted, you will be given instructions on how to safely remove the peeling vinyl yourself. This will save you time, and money in the renovation process.
– Once the peeling vinyl has safely been removed the doors, edges and draw faces will be taken to the Dianella Polishing warehouse to undergo our special glue removing process. This will ensure your cabinets are glue free and ready to be painted.
– The cabinets will then be painted in our environmentally controlled warehouse with high quality two pac paint.
– Finally, once the new paint has dried your cabinets will be delivered back to you ready to be reinstalled. No peeling vinyl, no excess glue, and no paint fumes from being painted in house.
When vinyl begins to peel the process to get it fixed can seem daunting. But don’t panic, Dianella Polishing are here to help and our rep will make the process as easy to understand as possible. Do you have any questions about peeling vinyl? Let us know in the comments below.