Was excited about the idea of painting my

DWQA QuestionsWas excited about the idea of painting my

Was excited about the idea of painting my kitchen cabinets one day and then I saw this…it’s only on one door that I’ve found but…no idea what’s going on here. Is it plastic?!? Does this mean I can’t paint them? I don’t even know what to search on this or how to fix this one that’s apparently bad. I couldn’t even tell with the others

22 Answers
answered 3 months ago

It’s a plastic wood veneer over plywood.

answered 3 months ago

It’s called thermofoil. You can peel it off to paint them if you want.

answered 3 months ago

You can use a heat gun and peel that off then paint.

answered 3 months ago

Yeah. It’s particle board covered in plastic.

You should be able to peel and paint. But if it’s in your budget, get new doors.

answered 3 months ago

If you paint that it will look terrible.

answered 3 months ago

You can’t get particle board smooth enough for pain to look good or stick to

answered 3 months ago

if you can afford it buy new cabinet doors made out of real wood instead of that garbage.

answered 3 months ago

It’ll look like shit if you peel and paint, the boards are typically treated and you’ll get a weird texture on the surface of the wood

answered 3 months ago

looks like melamine is peeling off..replace the doors with real wood..they take paint better

answered 3 months ago

Join one a couple of the popular cabinet painting groups on FB – there’s at least one group that has pros who offer advice/guidance to DIYers. I’ve seen this ‘thermofoil’ type door discussed.

answered 3 months ago

Heat gun, peel, prime, paint. Will look and be just fine

answered 3 months ago

I peeled them off in the kitchen from our first condo then I used a cabinet kit. It held up for years and helped with resell. You can not paint traditional way. In the kits, I think it was rustolium, it had a good base that filled the board to give a smoother surface.

answered 3 months ago

You could try to use drywall mud on the particle board and sand it down smooth then paint- it would be easier to get new doors

answered 3 months ago

Rip it off then paint it. That’s what I did with this kitchen.

answered 3 months ago

Laminated cabinets, we have the same here im SA. Lightly sand, prime then paint.

answered 3 months ago

Sand the bulge down and cover wood with epoxy Lightly sand it to smooth it out and then it’s ready to paint

answered 3 months ago

I saw somewhere that you can remove that plastic with a heat gun and paint it

answered 3 months ago

Laminate is peeling. Not real wood cabinets.

answered 3 months ago

Is thermofoil the same at laminate? When I looked for cabinets the thermofoil ones were among the more expensive options.

answered 3 months ago

We peeled ours and painted. We plan on one day redoing the kitchen, but wanted to make things look better until then (pretty much all doors were peeling)

answered 3 months ago

Get a new melamine strip and iron it on

answered 3 months ago

Use heat gun and take all the plastic off in one piece