In Principle vs Reality

I finally got around to tackling the vinyl-wrapped doors on the kitchen unit that have delaminated/had the vinyl detach.

Thought I would be able to glue them back on, so tried on the first door.  The glue was not the issue, but how to apply an even pressure over the whole surface, including inside the detail (faux raised panel).  A vacuum press (pretty much the same process that is used to apply the vinyl wrap in the first place) would be the way to go, but unlike the factory where they are done, I just don’t have a door sized vacuum press out in the workshop.  The one used for veneering is large, but just not big enough for the doors, and the heavy duty plastic is good for flat or curved veneering, but not to get into the tighter detail.

Instead, I thought I’d give those space bags a try.  The principle is exactly the same – remove the air from inside the bag, and the air pressure from the outside provides a significant amount of pressure.

Please note, I say space bag, but I am referring to the concept, not the specific brand.  The brand of bag I used isn’t important.

So after applying and spreading the glue, and reattaching the vinyl, the whole lot was placed inside the space bag, and a vacuum applied.

It looked to work swimmingly.  The bag pressed down tightly across the surface, and right into the detail.  It would have been perfect, except for one little detail.

These clothing vac bags seem to do a great job with clothes, as everything squashes down to significantly smaller areas (never as neatly as the photos mind), but I have yet to find a bag (irrespective of brand) that holds a vacuum.  And in this case, it couldn’t hold a vacuum long enough even for the glue to dry.

So the principle was great, but reality sucked.

Unfortunately, I really wanted it to suck, and remain so.  Hmm – wonder what that says?!

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