Peeling Vinyl: It Can’t Be Fixed But It Can Be Replaced

Date:  November 28, 2016


Categories:  Polishing, Tips

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A common question we receive from people looking to update and renovate their kitchen is: “How can I Fix 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 and ask yourself how to fix peeling vinyl.

How to Fix Peeling Vinyl Dilemma

Vinyl begins to peel due to the glue used to stick the vinyl to the underlying MDF. It can only be manufactured with a lifespan of up to 15 years. The durability depends 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 damage the underlying MDF. This means, once the vinyl peels you can remove it yourself. As a professional polish shop Dianella Polishing can re-paint the underlying MDF. You can easily remove peeling vinyl yourself. If you follow the simple instructions on how to safely remove peeling vinyl, it will save you money when getting your cabinets refinished. After you remove the peeling vinyl, we paint the MDF to bring new life to your kitchen. Refinishing your cabinets typically costs a third of the price of an entire kitchen renovation. As a result peeling vinyl is a costly event. However 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!

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