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    Why have my kitchen cupboard doors started to bubble? Help please

    Really annoyed this has happened! Is it from steam and cooking? Have I done something to cause this? It is my first home and don't want to cause any further issues

    Thank you

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    Do they squeak No seriously it's probably what you say steam got into them got a pic ?

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    I kept the windows open in the summer while cooking but haven't in the winter due to the cold

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    I kept the windows open in the summer while cooking but haven't in the winter due to the cold

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    waterloo

    Do they squeak No seriously it's probably what you say steam got into … Do they squeak No seriously it's probably what you say steam got into them got a pic ?



    imgur.com/a/i…V1f

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    Thanks for helping

    My old cupboard doors did this after a water leak under the sink. So it may be you have a slight leak somewhere or could be through steam when cooking. I would keep the window open when cooking to allow the steam to escape.

    Was it newly decorated prior to you moving in ? There are certain combinations of existing paint/undercoat/topcoat that will react against each other and produce bubbling .

    shywallflower

    My old cupboard doors did this after a water leak under the sink. So it … My old cupboard doors did this after a water leak under the sink. So it may be you have a slight leak somewhere or could be through steam when cooking. I would keep the window open when cooking to allow the steam to escape.


    I wonder if a dehumidifier would help to remove moisture?

    If as the above poster has asked, it has been newly painted, sounds like the paint has not taken hold properly.

    Nothing on the link you posted but as i said could be stream got into the door and raised the coating but as i dont know what door you have cannot really help.

    It looks more like a fault with the glue bonding the skin of the door. It's a kitchen door so steam shouldn't affect it unless someone has vinyl wrapped it.

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    This link should be working imgur.com/a/i…V1f

    Common problem with wrapped doors, a little but if steam from a pan or kettle and a pin **** and the doors can do this. More expensive doors shouldn't but even them are susceptible if damaged while being installed.

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    Put a dehumidifier on every night near the kitchen but thank you for suggestion

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    rogparki

    Was it newly decorated prior to you moving in ? There are certain … Was it newly decorated prior to you moving in ? There are certain combinations of existing paint/undercoat/topcoat that will react against each other and produce bubbling .



    ​No the kitchen has been in at least 10 years..

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    eslick

    Common problem with wrapped doors, a little but if steam from a pan or … Common problem with wrapped doors, a little but if steam from a pan or kettle and a pin **** and the doors can do this. More expensive doors shouldn't but even them are susceptible if damaged while being installed.



    ​Is there anyway to repair it? Not finding much on Google

    Possibly the previous occupant (or Landlord) has painted over the previous plastic veneer and not prepared properly or used wrong undercoat /topcoat - just a guess really .

    adamwilko007

    This link should be working http://imgur.com/a/ikV1f


    Looks like water damage do you use the kettle under this cabinet ? or its just had its day. New doors are pretty cheap to buy measure them and it's a easy swap.

    Are they above the jobs, oven or something like kettle which makes steam?
    Looks like the door wasn't sealed properly and mositure from steam got into it.
    Edited by: "joedastudd" 23rd Jan

    adamwilko007

    ​No the kitchen has been in at least 10 years..


    Weird ! Lets face it in 10 years it would have had a lot of steam/kitchen fumes . Strange it should suddenly start bubbling .

    I suppose the cheapest option is to renew just the doors which is much cheaper than a whole new kitchen. Is it above the spot where you boil the kettle by any chance?

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    joedastudd

    Are they above the jobs, oven or something like kettle which makes … Are they above the jobs, oven or something like kettle which makes steam?Looks like the door wasn't sealed properly and mositure from steam got into it.



    ​They are very near the oven, also I used a electric food steamer which is near the sink where no cabinets are located

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    shywallflower

    I suppose the cheapest option is to renew just the doors which is much … I suppose the cheapest option is to renew just the doors which is much cheaper than a whole new kitchen. Is it above the spot where you boil the kettle by any chance?



    ​No but I do put steaming food on plates near there, could that cause it?

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    waterloo

    Looks like water damage do you use the kettle under this cabinet ? or … Looks like water damage do you use the kettle under this cabinet ? or its just had its day. New doors are pretty cheap to buy measure them and it's a easy swap.



    ​No kettle, the oven is quite near and I dish up hot steaming food near the ones which do it could that be the cause? I would have thought they would be designed to handle steam being in a kitchen and all any recommendations on ones to replace them with which won't do the same? Or is a door a door

    adamwilko007

    This link should be working http://imgur.com/a/ikV1f



    Looks from the photo that the laminate covering on the door has started to peel. May be down to age or bad product. You could try to pin **** it to see if you could push the air bubbles out as it looks like air may got underneath the veneer.

    shywallflower

    I suppose the cheapest option is to renew just the doors which is much … I suppose the cheapest option is to renew just the doors which is much cheaper than a whole new kitchen. Is it above the spot where you boil the kettle by any chance?


    Would agree with possibly renewing the doors . Would depend if the doors are veneered MDF or solid wood . In either case you would need to strip back to the wood/MDF and use the appropriate undercoat then kitchen paint to refinish . Definitely worth it if solid wood doors , replacement doors probably a better idea if current doors are MDF/Plywood . Trouble is I expect you would need a whole kitchens worth of doors if they need to match

    Unfortunately it's quite a common problem with cheaper vinyl wrapped doors. We bought cheap b&q kitchen doors in our last place and one of the doors bubbled within 3-4 years. That was no where near heat or moisture.

    rogparki

    Would agree with possibly renewing the doors . Would depend if the doors … Would agree with possibly renewing the doors . Would depend if the doors are veneered MDF or solid wood . In either case you would need to strip back to the wood/MDF and use the appropriate undercoat then kitchen paint to refinish . Definitely worth it if solid wood doors , replacement doors probably a better idea if current doors are MDF/Plywood . Trouble is I expect you would need a whole kitchens worth of doors if they need to match


    Looks like a cheaper laminate door going by the link.

    rogparki

    Would agree with possibly renewing the doors . Would depend if the doors … Would agree with possibly renewing the doors . Would depend if the doors are veneered MDF or solid wood . In either case you would need to strip back to the wood/MDF and use the appropriate undercoat then kitchen paint to refinish . Definitely worth it if solid wood doors , replacement doors probably a better idea if current doors are MDF/Plywood . Trouble is I expect you would need a whole kitchens worth of doors if they need to match



    ​think he means replace just the doors with something that tones with the existing cabinets. These don't look like a door you could strip. Could keep the hinges and handles also to keep costs down. Personally though I'd just stop looking at it, it's not that bad. :-)

    Top cupboards? Looks like a small gap in the veneer at the join has let moisture in. The wood inside (usually fibreboard) is hygroscopic, so it absorbs moisture but doesn't dry out as fast as it absorbs it. This causes the swelling you see. It will never go away now. You could try painting the joints with a clear lacquer to seal them. Also look for any holes in the veneer. Often at the bottom this can be caused by the door 'rubbing' when it's opened and closed.
    If it's not your house I would put some money to one side to replace the doors (cheaper than New units) but not do it until you move on or are asked to do repair them by landlord. That way you'll only have to do it once!

    waterloo

    Looks like a cheaper laminate door going by the link.


    Looking at the photo it must have just aged and steam got under the laminate . Sorry misled you with my paint theories . If the rest of the cupboards (the shells) are sound I'd live with it and put a few quid aside each week to replace the doors at some time in the future . As its 10 years old you are unlikely to find a matching door .
    Edited by: "rogparki" 23rd Jan

    mrty

    Top cupboards? Looks like a small gap in the veneer at the join has let … Top cupboards? Looks like a small gap in the veneer at the join has let moisture in. The wood inside (usually fibreboard) is hygroscopic, so it absorbs moisture but doesn't dry out as fast as it absorbs it. This causes the swelling you see. It will never go away now. You could try painting the joints with a clear lacquer to seal them. Also look for any holes in the veneer. Often at the bottom this can be caused by the door 'rubbing' when it's opened and closed. If it's not your house I would put some money to one side to replace the doors (cheaper than New units) but not do it until you move on or are asked to do repair them by landlord. That way you'll only have to do it once!



    You almost sound like you know what your talking about. Kitchen cupboard doors have never been veneered for the very reason they will lift with moisture. They are either solid wood, foil wrapped,sprayed or just laminated chipboard/mdf.
    Because the doors in the picture are wrapped on the long edge but have 0.5 lipping on the short edge moisture/steam has been able to get into the short edge of the chipboard and caused it to swell up. Nothing can be done with these doors they need replacing....

    kettle under my wall cupboards caused the same thing

    Looking at the doors, they look like b&q range I have in my rental property. Believe they still do them and they were not expensive when we bought them . You should be able to just replace the doors fairly cheaply

    Hi,
    I'm not sure (I can't really tell from the pic), but these seem to be similar to your cupboards. They say £13, might be worth taking a look as post above said they looked like B&Q design.
    diy.com/dep…prd
    or
    diy.com/dep…prd

    Edited by: "shywallflower" 24th Jan

    Hi there,

    I fit Kitchens and Bedrooms for a living and have seen this sort of thing before. There are a few things that can cause it. Heat can pull the vinyl off, if it is heat you can tell buy looking at the bottom edge and seeing if the vinyl has stater to shrink back, it doesn't look like it has on your pic. Another option is an industry wide problem there after a while (years) the vinyl literally peels away from door, again I don't think that's the cause as it tends to peel away as a whole sheet.
    An unlikely cause could be if you got something like thinners on the face, The final cause is moisture, that's what is say has caused yours, the way to tell is to feel the face of the door and see if the board is swollen underneath the vinyl.

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    INDUSTRYHATER

    Hi there,I fit Kitchens and Bedrooms for a living and have seen this sort … Hi there,I fit Kitchens and Bedrooms for a living and have seen this sort of thing before. There are a few things that can cause it. Heat can pull the vinyl off, if it is heat you can tell buy looking at the bottom edge and seeing if the vinyl has stater to shrink back, it doesn't look like it has on your pic. Another option is an industry wide problem there after a while (years) the vinyl literally peels away from door, again I don't think that's the cause as it tends to peel away as a whole sheet. An unlikely cause could be if you got something like thinners on the face, The final cause is moisture, that's what is say has caused yours, the way to tell is to feel the face of the door and see if the board is swollen underneath the vinyl.



    Thank you.

    I have felt the it and it feels like the board is swollen underneath the vinyl.

    Are these doors not designed to have a bit of steam under them?

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    psychobitchfromhell

    Looking at the doors, they look like b&q range I have in my rental … Looking at the doors, they look like b&q range I have in my rental property. Believe they still do them and they were not expensive when we bought them . You should be able to just replace the doors fairly cheaply



    Thanks so much they look like the doors i have!

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    shywallflower

    Hi,I'm not sure (I can't really tell from the pic), but these seem to be … Hi,I'm not sure (I can't really tell from the pic), but these seem to be similar to your cupboards. They say £13, might be worth taking a look as post above said they looked like B&Q design.http://www.diy.com/departments/it-kitchens-sandford-cherry-effect-modern-standard-door-w400mm/37501_BQ.prdorhttp://www.diy.com/departments/it-kitchens-sandford-maple-effect-modern-standard-door-w500mm/37526_BQ.prd




    Hi thank you very much for the links these look like the exact same doors.

    I appreciate you finding them

    adamwilko007

    Hi thank you very much for the links these look like the exact same … Hi thank you very much for the links these look like the exact same doors.I appreciate you finding them


    You are most welcome
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