I have several kitchen cabinets that are a white vinyl veneer material
which I presume were factory sprayed on an MDF type product. Some of
cabinet doors are showing a bulge in that the veneer seems to be
separating from the MDF and the edging also appears to be starting to
peel away. I get the feeling now that they are poor quality. Are they
repairable? Could I, for instance, use a heat gun to "shrink" the vinyl
back in place? Risky?
I am trying to see if I can find the original warranty for the cabinets
but given that they are 8 years old I doubt that the warranty is still good.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
1) Ditch them and get something decent... :)
2) Depending on how handy you are, you might be able to salvage
something, but it's probably a long shot...
If it is a laminated surface and the lamination is all that is lifting,
it might be possible to work some fresh contact cement underneath if it
is a slab and you can manage to raise the rest--but that's a real long
shot. If, otoh, it's a case of moisture having gotten to the substrate
and caused swelling, they're toast. If the edges have separated, that's
quite possible, particularly if the ones in question are directly over
the stove, a microwave, dishwashwer, etc., where there's a combination
of water and heat (read steam). Heat will not re-activate contact
cement, at least long term, and if there is water absorbed, may just
exacerbate the swelling.
Heat makes vinyl grow, it will make matters worse.
Drill a little hole in the veneer, squirt epoxy under it,
clamp it in place with a shower-curtain rod. Cover the hole with
a butterfly sticker, or something.
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