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07-26-2017 10:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: refurbishing veneering

My bathroom cabinets have this kind of plastic wrap. Can we get this and be fixable at home? I am newbie in wood working.

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#1 posted 07-26-2017 11:05 PM

Your best bet for plastic coated melamine is to peel off the rest of the coating and then repaint everything.

-- -Steve, Seattle

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#2 posted 07-26-2017 11:09 PM

That may be thermofoil.

You may be able to get it off with a blow
drier or heat gun.

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#3 posted 07-27-2017 12:41 PM

Strip/peel it off and recover (or paint)

Vinyl Cabinet Covering / Self Adhesive Vinyl it the stuff you want. Very easy to apply, if the face of your drawer is just screwed to the sides it’s probably easier to remove it before putting the vinyl on.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#4 posted 07-27-2017 12:56 PM

If is was mine I’d make new drawers fronts out of poplar. I think that would be easier than peeling that crud off of them.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 07-27-2017 01:07 PM

Are the fronts screwed on from the inside? I agree that it might be simpler to make new fronts. Also, that looks like MDF under that plastic crap – not ideal for damp areas. Prime and at least two coats of enamel will make it last.

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#6 posted 07-27-2017 01:23 PM

purchase a new door, cut a new drawer front, reface the whole cabinet/ drawer/ door with a fresh color. Try to find a store that can add an additive that will etch the new paint into the old paint on that cabinet- you will want as good a mechanical bond as possible.

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#7 posted 07-27-2017 01:42 PM

Thanks everybody. Yes, the drawer front panel is screwed from inside. I can remove it and replace with new ones. As someone mentioned, the core is MDF and not good for bathroom use. I appreciate everybody’s help here.

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#8 posted 07-27-2017 02:05 PM

Looks to be thermofoil plastic to me, I have the same problem with my kitchen & 3 bathroom vanities. Really no easy repair to the existing.

I went through a few options to decide what to do;
A) Contacted cabinet vendor asked to order doors & drawer fronts to replace existing, told I had to buy new cabinets
B) Used contact from Rockler Catalog to build an estimate for having all new doors & drawer fronts built with all hinge cups drilled etc & painted to an off white matching the carcasses, cost $3,000
C) Drew up all of the doors & drawers in SU put together a cut list for all materials for doors & drawer fronts reusing existing hardware and purchasing paint, primer, and new larger HVLP gun $400, using my own labor

Needless to say, DIY is much cheaper and I need to get it done but now it looks like the LOML wants to just “re-do” the bathrooms…..

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#9 posted 07-27-2017 04:49 PM

I vote to put in new cabinet.

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#10 posted 07-27-2017 05:38 PM

If you have more time than money, then remove the film (all of it), coat with a shellac based primer (e.g. zinsser), a quick sanding, then a few coats of water based enamel paint. These weren’t built to last, obviously. This would just be a fix to get it better while saving for a replacement. I agree that the hardest part will probably be getting the old stuff off.

You could make a new face frame with cabinet doors and drawer fronts, if you want a project. Then you could remove the existing face frame and leave the cabinet in place. New cabinets at the home centers will probably have particle board carcass, regardless of the face materials.

Beyond that, scope creep starts in. You could replace the whole cabinets, but then you’re talking about a new countertop, plumbing fixtures, etc. Whatever you have might be salvageable, or not.

-- Barry,

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