Jan 01, 2008 7:37 pm
Could I have peoples opinions on whether getting vinyl wrap /2 pac finish on a kitchen is really worth it as it seems to be extremely pricey well into the 5-6,000 dollar mark. Is there an alternative ? Should it cost this much ?
Obviously I like the look of it but for this kind of money I don't really see that amount of money in it.
Re: Vinyl wrap/ two pack finish on kitchen2
Jan 01, 2008 8:08 pm
I think you will find a number of threads re: vinyl wrap, laminate and 2 pack on the forum i.e.
The doors I am used to providing are:
Colourboard with matching 2mm edge.
Vinyl Wrap (thermolaminate).
Two Pack (Polyurethane).
Timber Veneer and Solid Timber.
There are differing opinions about the level of quality of some of these finishes, even here, and you will find some quite intense discussions if you look for them.
In my opinion, flat melamine colourboard is one of the toughest and most value for money door types one can choose.
There are even a number of boards now available in a gloss, or "sheen" finish that are quite impressive.
Next up the dollar ladder is Vinyl Wrap, or "Thermolaminate".
I haven't seen any where both sides of the door get coated, mine are normally routed out of 18mm MDF with white melamine on the inside and covered in Vinyl on the other.
The vacuum forming process is quite effective, but will always slightly round out any inside edges of a routed pattern.
I believe that vinyl is softer and more succeptible to damage than Two Pack.
Some things that vinyl can do that two pack can't are be applied in a variety of textured (including woodgrain) finishes and come in patterns, such as timber look.
This finish is not heat tolerent and has been known to peel off in certain conditions such as when exposed to steam, being next to an oven or just being installed in Townsville...
Two Pack, commonly Polyurethane, is normally more expensive than vinyl, depending on the level of detail on the door and who is supplying them.
The preperation process for the doors is the same as for vinyl but the door is then spray painted with a laquer like resin that when cured finishes up smooth and hard.
Normally these doors still only get painted on one side, leaving a flat white on the inside - of course , one can specify for both sides of the board to be painted but this will significantly increase the price of the job.
Two Pack, since it is a resin, is very hard and quite durable, but it is brittle.
This means that it is quite easy to chip the corners and edges of your doors, and of course, just like car paint, they are also not immune to scratches, which are seldom possible to repair.
Two pack is more resistant to heat and moisture than vinyl and does not normally require any special considerations when placed next to ovens.
We chose laminate even tho' our builder included vinyl wrap in his spec because we preferred durability over aesthetics.
Re: Vinyl wrap/ two pack finish on kitchen3
Jan 07, 2008 6:04 pm
Like most things, it's largely a matter of choice.
Some people like vynil wrap/2pac, some like timber etc.
It also depends on where you're building and whether you care about the value of your home should you wish to sell it in the near future.
FWIW, 5-6k is actually a pretty cheap quote for this type of material. Some larger kitchens are around or over the 10k mark.
But personally I like the look of a white vynil wrap finish, which is why I went for it.
Currently Building in Bayside (Brighton East)
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