Delaminating Cabinet Doors, Sides and Bottoms
Cabinet door delamination is a major problem when it occurs. If two or three doors in the kitchen begin to peel, eventually all of the cabinet doors will be delaminating. I’ve had entire Formica kitchens that needed to have all of the plastic laminate pieces re-glued.
At the time the easiest way to re-glue loose plastic laminate was to gently peel the Formica back and spray Stay-put adhesive on the services. Whenever I did this, I never pulled the pieces completely off and always left the hardware in tact.
I would just pull half of the door laminate back and glue it and then pull the other half back and re-adhere it. I did this without removing the kitchen, bathroom vanity or office doors off of the cabinets. I would use a protective piece of cardboard to keep the contact adhesive from spraying all over everything.
Delaminating Thermofoil Doors
There’s nothing that can be done to repair these once they start eventually the delaminating process will filter through every kitchen cabinet door that you have. It will be necessary to replace the entire batch of raised panel doors. If this occurs prior to five years from when the were purchased, most company warranty’s will cover the expense of replacing them but not installing new ones.
When your cabinet sides, tops or bottoms begin to delaminate, use the same process that I described for adhering the materials again with Stay-put Spray Adhesive. If you take your time, the loose laminate parts can be re-adhered and last for a long time afterward.
When delaminating begins on you cabinet doors or parts it will continue. Generally the whole batch of glue that was originally used was either bad or not put on thick enough. Many of the non-flammable contact glue brands just start letting go of the bond after several years. Give my suggestions a try for re-gluing the cabinet’s sides or other parts that have started to delaminate. It may or may not cure the problem, but to try it will be less expensive than replacing all of the kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
If your countertops are delaminating they may need to be completely replaced or resurfaced.