Why do Vinyl Wrapped Kitchen Doors Peel?
We get this question often. So, why do vinyl wrapped kitchen doors (also called thermofoil) peel? The simple answer is that they were made to peel. To get a better understanding of why they peel, you first need to understand how and why they are made.
How are Vinyl Wrapped Doors Made?
First an MDF (medium density fibreboard) door is cut to desired shape. A glue is then applied and the vinyl is pressed against the MDF. This process is done with machines that exert more force than a person is capable of exerting.
Years ago, the glue that was used in the manufacturing of vinyl wrapped doors was strong. It lasted a long time, but it was also harmful. Now, more environmentally friendly glue is used, but it’s not as strong. As a result of this change, modern vinyl wrapped doors begin to peel in 5 to 7 years.
Why are Vinyl Cabinets Popular?
Vinyl wrapped cabinets are popular because they are a cheaper alternative to timber or two-pac painted cabinets. They can have recessing, a feature not available with melamine or laminate doors. Vinyl wrapped cabinets are a good short-term value. Many new homes and apartments are constructed with vinyl wrapped cabinets, because they look nice and cost less than better quality cabinets. The problem is that they aren’t made to last longer than 7 years.
How are Peeling Vinyl Cabinets repaired?
Vinyl kitchen cabinets can’t necessarily be “repaired”. In other words, once the vinyl starts to peel, it can’t be re-glued to the door. This is because of the way in which vinyl wrapped doors are manufactured, it’s impossible to fix them. If one cabinet is peeling, it’s more than likely, the rest are also going to start peeling soon.
There is only one option to repair vinyl kitchen cabinets — to peel off the vinyl and paint the underlying MDF. Not all professional painters and polishers are capable of doing this. At Dianella Polishing, we have developed a unique technique, that allows us to strip the vinyl and paint the underlying MDF in high quality two pac paint. After we’re finished, the doors look like new painted doors. Painting the underlying MDF is going to be a fraction of the cost of replacing your cabinet doors.
If you aren’t interested in painting the underlying MDF, your other option is to replace your cabinet doors. Here is an article that explains this option in detail.
Some companies will tell you they can paint over the vinyl. We would never do that. If we paint over the vinyl, the thinners will penetrate through and will speed up the peeling process. We do not suggest painting over vinyl wrapped doors.
We can’t take the vinyl off until it starts to peels. If we try, it will ruin the door. Wait until vinyl peels, then get it repainted. If your vinyl is starting to peel, contact us and we can give you tips on how to speed along the process so your doors can be repainted.