What is vinyl wrap?
When considering a new kitchen design, vinyl wrap is a surface finish that is sometimes requested for cupboard doors. Like all surface finishes, it has some distinct benefits as well as some potential areas of concern. It is useful to understand what a “vinyl wrap” door is in order to understand these features, and thus make an informed choice for your kitchen.
They vinyl product itself is essentially a thin, flexible plastic that is mouldable when heated. Vinyl wrap or thermo-formed doors are created by wrapping a MDF door substrate (moisture resistant board) with a vinyl coating using a vacuum, glue and heat process. The vinyl is wrapped across the front of the door, and around all edges in one continuous piece. The back of the door is usually melamine.
Vinyl wrap comes in a variety of colours and finishes chosen by the supplier. Colours are kept up-to-date with the current trends. The sheen level can be matt, gloss, texture, or printed. Semi-gloss is not available from most suppliers. Vinyl wrap can be used on a flat door, or on a profile door, making it quite versatile. Each supplier offers their own range of profiles as not all profiles can be accommodated by the vinyl wrapping process. The durability of vinyl wrap is very good.
There are some horror stories out there of vinyl wrap peeling off in big sheets or lifting way from the MDF panel underneath. The history behind this story is that about 10 or more years ago, a poor batch of glue (used to attach the vinyl to the MDF board) circulated through the whole industry meaning that people were having issues of delamination across the country. This was quickly rectified and is no longer an issue. Having said that, delamination is still a concern but for different reasons. The areas most at risk of this happening are those exposed to heat greater than 80 degrees (e.g. cupboards over the kettle or cooktop), handle-less drawers where there is constant rubbing, or in a situation where there has been poor supplier workmanship. However, most of these concerns have been addressed over recent years and products are continuing to improve. It is worth having this discussion with your kitchen designer so they can confirm if this is the best surface for your kitchen design and lifestyle. They can also make specific design decisions to help prevent any possible delamination. Supplier workmanship and warrantees should also be discussed.
On the upside, it’s a flexible product so doesn’t have the same chipping concerns as 2pac because it’s not brittle. It’s also more cost effective than 2pac so if you don’t want to use laminate but don’t have the budget for 2pac, vinyl wrap is the perfect alternative. For a profile door, it’s the only alternative product to 2pac.
Here are a few of our beautiful vinyl wrap kitchens.