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Can you resurface Thermofoil cabinets?

Last Updated: 16th February, 2020

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Cabinets made from MDF are often coated with a thermofoil coating. Thermofoil resembles paint, but is more resistant to stains. Refinishing MDF cabinets cannot be done in the traditional sense because you cannot sand away the original finish and apply a coat of stain. However, you can paint MDF with good results.

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Similarly, how do you fix peeling Thermofoil cabinets?

How to Repair Thermofoil Surfaces

  1. Pull the thermofoil layer back. Have a helper hold the peeling thermofoil away from the MDF.
  2. Scrape away dried cement from the MDF core.
  3. Apply the contact cement.
  4. Do not immediately press the thermofoil back onto the MDF core.
  5. Press together and secure.
  6. Clean up.

One may also ask, how long do Thermofoil cabinets last? 10 years

Likewise, people ask, can you paint over Thermofoil cabinets?

You can paint over thermofoil, provided it isn't peeling. First, ask your local paint store for the correct primer, then apply the finish paint you wish to use. Most of the time, semi-gloss sheen is used on [thermofoil] cabinets.”

Are Thermofoil cabinets expensive?

New thermofoil cabinets may cost as little as $350 per linear foot. Refacing can run as low as $1,000 for a complete kitchen. Thermofoil mounted over solid wood doors is often just as expensive as cabinets with wooden doors.

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How do you resurface Thermofoil cabinets?

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  2. Remove the doors and drawers from the cabinets.
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What is the difference between Thermofoil and laminate cabinets?

Thermofoil only appears on cabinets, doors and other surfaces made of MDF. Laminate, on the other hand, appears in a wide variety of products, ranging from erasable whiteboards to photographs, floors and metal sinks. Dentists even use various types of laminates on teeth to protect them while creating a natural look.

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How do you fix peeling cabinet doors?

Here are the steps:
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Can you repair laminate cabinets?

Depending on the damage, you can either fix the existing laminate or reface the door to fix the problem without installing entirely new units. As a general rule, if there are any cracks in the laminate, the entire piece needs to be replaced; however, if there's only peeling, you can reattach the laminate with adhesive.

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What is white Thermofoil?

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Are Ikea cabinets Thermofoil?

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IKEA's cabinets are made out of MDF (MDF stands for Medium Density Fiberboard) wrapped in a very durable melamine finish… And no, MDF is not the same thing as particle board… It's MUCH stronger and can be used for the same building applications as plywood…

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What kind of paint do you use on Thermofoil cabinets?

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  • A small plastic paint tray.
  • A 4″ foam roller.
  • A foam brush.
  • Painter's tape if you need to tape off your walls and/or countertop next to the vanity.
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What is RTF cabinet doors?

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Is Thermofoil paintable?

Thermofoil is essentially a thin layer of vinyl that is applied to MDF via an intense heat and pressure-bonding process. The end result is durable and super easy to clean. But because of that smooth finish and vinyl-like surface, it is widely known that they are extremely difficult to paint.

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How do you paint Thermofoil cabinet doors?

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  2. TWO | Lightly Sand. Very lightly sand the doors.
  3. THREE | Wash & Dry.
  4. FOUR | PREP YOUR SPACE.
  5. FIVE | Prime the Cabinet Doors.
  6. SIX | Prime Again.
  7. SEVEN | Spray the Doors.
  8. EIGHT | Let Dry Completely.

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Is it cheaper to paint or reface kitchen cabinets?

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What is Thermofoil and melamine surfaces?

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Can cabinets Relaminate?

You can laminate over the existing cabinet bodies easily. Relaminating the doors will be a more difficult task, however depending upon the amount of detail on the doors. The existing doors and bodies will have to sanded to remove any sheen and then the new laminate can be glued on.

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How do you protect Thermofoil cabinets from heat?

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Can I replace cabinet doors?

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