Buyers Guide: Contact Paper for Cabinets
Contact paper can be used to protect shelves and cabinet surfaces from heavy dishes. Also, protect your bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors from daily wear and tear. You can match the outside and inside of your cabinets with matching covers thanks to the paper's permanent bond to the door. This affordable option makes it easy to update the look of your cabinets.
Benefits of using contact papers for cabinets:
- Protect from Water – Contact paper protects cabinets from water stains and rings caused by not-so-dry foods.
- Protect your kitchen cabinets from scratches - Some types of cookware, such as pots, pans, and small appliances, can be particularly damaging to them. Scrapes and dings can be caused by pulling pots into and out of cabinets. Contact papers are strong and durable to protect your cabinets from scratches and nicks caused by small appliances and cookware.
- Quiet - It will reduce the sound of scraping dishware from shelves and banging pots. It can also be textured to keep your drawer organizers, especially those for silverware, in place. It keeps them from moving and making noise.
- Add color - You can add pattern and color to your kitchen by using colorful contact paper. This is an inexpensive way to add a notable change to your home.
Installation of contact paper on cabinets
- All surfaces should be cleaned
- If necessary, cut the product to different size
- Position and test-fit the product
- Place a small piece of adhesive on a flat surface.
- Take off the backing little by little.
- Start at the center and smoothen the paper.
- Lift the alignment carefully and apply again if it moves.
Tools to install contact paper
- A utility knife
- An excellent cleaner
- Medium grit/Sandpaper
- Masking tape
- Credit card or hand squeegee
The installation process is for a cabinet. However, You can use the same steps for other furniture like shelves, cubbies, and drawers.
- Prepare the surfaces. Preparation is key to a successful job. You should start with a flat, clean surface. You should vacuum your cabinets thoroughly and then wipe them with a damp cloth. You can clean older surfaces with an excellent cleaner to remove loose particles, oil, wax, and other contaminants. Before installing contact paper, dry thoroughly.
- Layout the contact paper to ensure proper fitment. Place the contact paper flat on the shelf. To hold the liner in place on a large surface, painter's tape may be used or a weight. For ease of fit, our liners have been slightly trimmed to fit the dimensions. They should be flat on every side and not push up on any corners.
- Peel off a small piece of contact paper. Remove a small piece of adhesive. You can lift the edge of the liner without affecting its alignment. The contact area should be replaced with the edge lifted.
- Use a squeegee or pressure washer to apply the liner to the surface. After confirming alignment, apply light pressure using your thumb or finger to smoothen the area with adhesive. To gently smoothen the contact area, use moderate pressure using the soft edge on the hand squeegee. Only work from the middle towards the edges. This will allow any trapped air bubbles to be released. Next, lift the edge of the liner to release trapped air bubbles. Then, use the squeegee to move it around the perimeter.
- Continue to remove the backing in small sections. You can remove the backing in small sections. You should be able to hold the contact area in small sections. To expose the adhesive, peel back the liner. Start at the center and use the squeegee for a flat surface. Use a back-to-front, front-to-back motion. The liner should not be stretched. Do not use overlap strokes. Always work with an adhered section. Continue to remove all backing.
- Work towards the edges to ensure contact paper adheres. To ensure adhesion, gently push the edge of the squeegee towards the corners and around the perimeter. To remove trapped air bubbles, use a pin or sewing needle to cut the bubble and then smooth the area with the squeegee toward the pinhole.
- Repeat until complete. Repeat until complete. Now, take time to admire your work, your fantastic pattern choices, and the finished project!