3 Reasons Not to Glue Peeling Vinyl Cupboard Doors
Peeling vinyl kitchen cupboard doors are ugly and frustrating. The glue holding them together usually decides to give up, just before that important dinner part, or as soon as you decide to put your house on the market.
Since it’s the glue that has separated, initial reactions are to just glue the vinyl back onto the door panel. It’s tempting to even follow DIY articles that explain how to glue the vinyl yourself. But think twice before you attempt to glue it yourself, as you may be doing more damage in the long run.
Here are a few reasons why gluing the vinyl back onto the door panel is a bad idea.
- It’s Not Permanent
When vinyl starts to peel, the immediate reaction is to put it back together. Gluing seems like an obvious answer since the vinyl was originally glued to the panel, but gluing with an aftermarket glue is not permanent. Anyone who has glued a peeling vinyl cupboard door will tell you that it’s not a permanent fix.
The bond created during the manufacturing process, once broken, can’t be returned to its original state. When vinyl cupboard doors are manufactured, they are pressed together by a machine. That amount of force is impossible to replicate after the manufacturing process. Using an aftermarket glue won’t get the same quality bond as the vinyl door once had. The glue may hold temporarily, but it will begin to separate again soon.
Keep in mind: if one cabinet door is peeling, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the vinyl doors start peeling as well.
- Unprofessional Finish
Re-gluing the vinyl back onto the MDF panel yourself may leave your cabinets looking unprofessional. If air is trapped during the process, bubbles will appear in the finish after gluing. These air bubbles will be difficult, if not impossible, to remove once the glue has set.
It’s also common to drip glue on your floors or countertop while pressing the vinyl into place. Be prepared for the glue to overflow. Spilled glue is an absolute mess to clean up.
- More Costly to Fix Later
Refinishing peeling vinyl wrapped cabinet doors is a more cost effective alternative to getting a new kitchen. Although refinishing is cheaper, it requires the following process to ensure a high quality finish.
The Process to Refinish Vinyl Wrapped Doors
- Remove Vinyl Completely
- Special Prep Process*
- Undercoat and Paint
*Dianella Polishing has developed their own special prep process to treat the underlying MDF panels so they can be professionally painted.
Before a peeling vinyl wrapped door is refinished, the vinyl needs to be peeled and the panel needs to be treated. If vinyl is re-glued to a cabinet door with aftermarket glue, it will be harder to peel during the refinishing process. This will take more labour and cost more for the homeowner. Removing aftermarket glue from a door panel will require additional sanding and prepping. This takes more man hours, and leaves the homeowner with a bigger bill as well.
If aftermarket glue has already been used on peeling vinyl cabinets, refinishing the cabinets will still cost less than installing new cabinets. However, refinishing will be even less if aftermarket glue isn’t used.
If you can’t get the peeling vinyl repaired professionally right away and need a quick fix, try using tape to hold it together. This is a short-term fix but it will save you money if you decide to refinish your cabinets.
If you are sure you’re going to get new cabinets, then glue away. If you might be interested in the cost effective alternative of refinishing your cabinets in the future, put down the glue.
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