What is Vinyl Wrapped doors (also known as Thermo laminated or Thermofoil)?

Vinyl wrapped cabinet doors, also known as thermofoil or thermo laminated cabinet doors, are manufactured using a process that involves applying a vinyl film to a substrate (usually MDF or another type of engineered wood) and then using heat and pressure to mould the vinyl around the substrate to create a seamless and durable finish.

Seamless Edged Vinyl Wrap Doors

Substrate Preparation: The first step involves preparing the substrate material, which is typically a medium-density fibreboard (MDF) or another engineered wood. The substrate is cut with the desired edge and face profile routed.

Vinyl Film Application: A vinyl film, which is available in various colours, patterns, and textures, is applied to the surface of the substrate. The vinyl film comes on rolls and has an adhesive backing that allows it to adhere to the substrate.

Vacuum Pressing: Once the vinyl film is applied, the substrate with the vinyl is placed in a vacuum press. The vacuum press consists of a heated chamber with a mould that matches the shape of the cabinet door. The substrate and vinyl are placed on the mould, and the chamber is sealed.

Heating and Moulding: The vacuum press is activated, and heat is applied to the chamber. As the temperature rises, the vinyl film becomes pliable and starts to conform to the shape of the mould and the substrate. The vacuum in the chamber helps to press the vinyl tightly against the substrate, eliminating air bubbles and ensuring a smooth finish

Cooling and Setting: After the vinyl has been moulded to the substrate and the desired shape, the vacuum press is opened, and the door is removed. The vinyl cools and sets, creating a strong bond with the substrate. This ensures that the vinyl wrap remains securely attached to the cabinet door and resists peeling or delamination.

Trimming and Finishing: Once the vinyl wrap has set, any excess vinyl is trimmed away from the edges of the door using specialized tools. The edges are often shaped and smoothed to create a seamless appearance. Additionally, any necessary holes or cutouts for hardware (such as handles and hinges) can be drilled or routed into the doors at this stage.

In summary, the resulting finish offers exceptional protection against wear, moisture, and UV radiation, enhancing the doors’ aesthetics and longevity. It offers a cost-effective way to achieve a variety of colours and finishes for cabinet doors, making it a popular choice in the furniture and cabinetry industry. Vinyl wrapped cupboard doors are relatively durable and resistant to moisture, making them suitable for environments like kitchens, laundries and bathrooms.

Maintenance typically involves wiping them down with a damp cloth, but harsh chemicals should be avoided to prevent damage to the vinyl. While they offer affordability and versatility, vinyl wrapped doors may not have the same high-end appearance as solid wood or other premium materials. Over time, the vinyl layer could potentially peel or chip, especially if exposed to excessive moisture, heat, chemical cleaners or heavy wear and tear.

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