How do you fix this kind of kitchen cabinet finish?

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How do you fix this kind of kitchen cabinet finish?

I guess part of my problem is that I do not know how this kind of cabinet finish is called?

Basically, after about 8 years, our kitchen cabinets need some love. The truth is - they have held up remarkably well. But the "paint" (which is I guess some sort of plastic finish) seems to be coming off at the edges in places.

How does one go about fixing this? Is there some sort of white tape that would cover both edges and seal & close it or something?



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Got any more pix? That one doesn't show us anything but a small portion of what we need to be seeing.
 
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Apologies... I thought you can all read my mind on this forum?

OK let's see, a few shots of cabinets; they are white, but the white balance on those photos is off:





Anticipating issues, years ago, I installed those knobs, but still, edges are sort of coming loose...



Other than a few scrapes like this, everything else is pretty much in order; but based on the scrape and from what I recall drilling the holes for knobs, cabines are particle board:



A detail of a corner:



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That is most likely thermofoil. Base on some quick internet research, thermofoil is vinyl sheeting that is applied to a substrate and heat shrunk to the profile. Everything points to using MDF as a substrate, not particle board. Are you sure you have particle board? That one shot of the corner of the door makes it look like it could be melamine, but I have not heard of melamine being applied to profiles. I don't know enough about the manufacture of melamine to know if it is even possible. I've only seen that applied to flat surfaces. It could also be powder coated MDF. The first picture is what convinces me it is thermofoil because of the delamination.

I did a search on how to fix thermofoil and found these:
How to Fix Loose Thermofoil Cabinet Door Edges

Thermofoil repair? - Kitchens Forum - GardenWeb
 
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Originally Posted by drooplug View Post
That is most likely thermofoil. Base on some quick internet research, thermofoil is vinyl sheeting that is applied to a substrate and heat shrunk to the profile. Everything points to using MDF as a substrate, not particle board. Are you sure you have particle board? That one shot of the corner of the door makes it look like it could be melamine, but I have not heard of melamine being applied to profiles. I don't know enough about the manufacture of melamine to know if it is even possible. I've only seen that applied to flat surfaces. It could also be powder coated MDF. The first picture is what convinces me it is thermofoil because of the delamination.

I did a search on how to fix thermofoil and found these:
How to Fix Loose Thermofoil Cabinet Door Edges

Thermofoil repair? - Kitchens Forum - GardenWeb
THANK YOU! That inded seems to be it!
 
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Bigboy--Where did you get your cabinets??

I have the same cabinets and need to actually replace a couple doors and drawer fronts because they peeled and ripped and therefore, I am unable to glue it back down. Do you remember where you got them?? I have tried kitchen shops Home Depot and no ones knows. Thanks for your help!
 
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