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Can’t stand the heat? Then get out of the kitchen…or not.

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Mike Moren, Durable Assembly Marketing Manager
Thermofoil cabinet doors are becoming popular in many of today’s kitchens. These vinyl-faced doors are available in a variety of styles and colors, easy to clean, and seamless. Commonly assembled with medium-density fiberboard (MDF) cores, Thermofoil vinyl-faced doors are more stable, have a lower tendency to bow or crack, and usually cost less than solid wood. Since Thermofoil laminate adhesive cabinets also have superior moisture resistance, they are often installed in kitchens and bathrooms.
There are some challenges with vinyl-faced cabinet doors, and we can help. These PVC coated cabinet doors typically do not hold up when exposed to high heat. High temperatures cause the vinyl to pull away from the MDF core without a laminating adhesive or coating. As a result, manufacturers generally have very strict production specifications that cabinet fabricators and suppliers need to follow when designing, building, selling, and installing Thermofoil cabinetry. Common heat sources that can compromise PVC doors include deep-oil fryers, self-cleaning ovens, gas-top stoves, steam producing appliances, crock pots, and toaster ovens.
H.B. Fuller’s swift®tak 4431 and swift®hardener 9759 help solve this problem for cabinet door manufacturers. This two-component waterborne polyurethane adhesive for membrane pressing offers a significant improvement in heat resistance compared to other membrane pressing adhesives currently in the market. Our team of technical experts will partner with you to ensure application of this latest adhesive provides a quality and compliant, yet cost-effective membrane pressing solution.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help increase the heat resistance in vinyl-faced and PVC coated cabinets. 

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