Why You Cannot Repair Peeling Vinyl Yourself
Vinyl cabinets are the cheapest option for new kitchen cabinets on the market. They do look great when you first get them. Or more precisely, they do look great until the vinyl begins to peel. At that point, usually after 5-6 years they become an eyesore. You want to repair those peeling vinyl cabinets yourself? You google Repair Peeling Vinyl, you YouTube Repair Peeling Vinyl Kitchen Cabinets – and you’ll find all these DIY heroes that suggest a number of solutions. None of them seems particularly difficult and so you decide to give it a go! Why throw good money after bad? Read on to learn why you cannot repair peeling vinyl and why
none of the common 3 options work.
Option 1 – Glue Back Small Peeling Vinyl Corners
You might just have small sections of veneer coming off your kitchen cabinets. You think you could fix them with glue. You would have to very carefully peel off enough of the vinyl to get to the underneath board. Then apply some wood glue to the board under the vinyl with a thin brush. To finish it off you would need to press the vinyl back on the cabinet and fix it in position until the glue has dried. What is the problem?
1) You most likely get cracks in the vinyl.
2) The vinyl does not stick.
3) Most importantly, by the time you have glued those few corners back on, the next doors and drawer fronts are already starting to peel. It’s simple really, once one vinyl door starts peeling, the others will follow. You cannot repair peeling vinyl doors. Really if the industrial glue that the manufacturer used doesn’t last, how long will your Bunnings DIY wood glue keep those doors together?
Option 2 – Cut Open and Re-glue Peeling Vinyl Bubbles
If you have bubbles popping up underneath your vinyl wrap, you might consider fixing this by cutting these open and then applying small amounts of wood glue underneath to fix the material back to the underlying board. In order to have the piece of vinyl stay flat on the surface, you’d put a weight on top of it whilst drying. Surely, this will eliminate those bubbles. But what shall we say: how do you think your kitchen cabinets will look after that DIY surgery?
Option 3 – Larger Repairs
Vinyl cabinets that are in a seriously bad shape will require larger repairs. In order to successfully glue back down bigger pieces of vinyl, boards and C clamps are needed to keep the pressure on the vinyl wrap while the wood glue is drying. Obviously you’ll face the same problems as if gluing back small sections of peeling vinyl, just on a bigger scale.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Most importantly though; your attempted repairs will be costly in the long run. Once you have tried to glue back vinyl, we cannot fix your doors easily any more. In most cases you will require a cabinetmaker to produce brand-new doors. For more info on peeling vinyl read this article.
Rather than wasting time and money trying to fix your peeling vinyl doors yourself, request a quote or give us a call straight away.
Our experienced kitchen consultants will meet you in your home and work together with you on finding the best solution for you to make your cabinets look new again.