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Message posted by paulyk74 on 23/10/2013 at 12:26am
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you mean like a fablon type stuff? I have used it before to re-vamp some drawers and wardrobes in my friends house.
She tried painting first and when I stuck the fablon over, you could see all the brush marks. My friend didn't mind it, but I wished I'd rubbed them down with sandpaper first.
Make sure the surface is clean, an I used one of those window thingys like window cleaners use to get the air bubbles out. Once applied and I was happy with it, I gently heated it with a hair dryer as I believe you get a better adhesion.
I didn't try and cut to size first, instead had over hang that I trimmed with a craft knife (looked like a scalpel)
and hold the knife at an angle, as what will happen is it will rub from the edges with use.
To combat it peeling back at corners, before I heated it I applied glue to all the outside edge for better fit. I will say it marks very easily, so any slight bump will leave a crease and in some cases rip the fablon - but that could be down to the quality of the fablon we bought.
I personally would remove all you have done, and take it down to the original and beyond, then use a decent primer with several coats which will give you a better grip. Then use a specialist paint with a tougher finish.
If its flaked, then it probably wasn't prepared properly, and I have suffered this a fair bit. I revamp a lot of furniture, i recycle a lot of stuff. I'm a bit of a budding artist and re-used panels from old table and cabinets as I love the paternation coming through, but I've lost so much work because I didn't prep the surface properly
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