Laminate Cabinet Doors

Benefits of 3DL Cabinet Doors

Cabinet doors in your kitchen or bathroom are essential and what you chose will contribute greatly to the look and feel of your home. They are one of the first things that the eyes are drawn to upon walking into a room. Since they are so utilitarian, they have to be able to withstand water damage and the wear and tear of daily use.
When you need to find the right style and material, there are hundreds of options to choose from, which can become quite overwhelming. This is why we decided to go over what benefits you can expect from 3DLaminate – also known as Vinyl, Thermofoil or PVC – cabinet doors.


3DL, by design, is made to last a long time. Unlike painted doors, 3DL is resistant to chips and scratches, and it doesn’t flake off. It also is resistant to moisture, which is especially helpful in the kitchen or bathroom. The 3DL cabinet doors at M+J Woodcrafts are made with strict quality standards using the best quality 3DL sourced from Europe and the USA to ensure durability for years to come.

Endless Colour Options

3DL film comes in a vast array of colours and textures, such as Super Matte, High Gloss, natural looking woodgrains and, even leather like finishes. Clients can choose from an impressive collection of colours and create endless, unique combinations between them all.

Quick to Produce

If you are in need of cabinet doors within a tight deadline, 3DL cabinet doors are a great option. they can be quickly produced while still maintaining high-quality durability, as you have read about above!

Uniformity Of Colour And Design

3DL doors can look a bit different from natural wood products, but this is an advantage! Due to the fact that 3DL is a manufactured material, the finish is even and consistent throughout. One of the best features of 3DLaminate cabinets is that the colour and design will never fade if they are well protected.


One of the greatest advantages to purchasing 3DL doors is their cost. They are one of the least expensive doors on the market today. You can follow all the latest kitchen trends without breaking the bank!

If you would like to learn more about our 3D Laminate cabinet doors, contact M+J Woodcrafts today!

3DL Cabinet Doors



Written by Troy Hannafin


If you have ever seen the movie Rebel Without A Cause, you will know how easy it can be for James Dean to come unravelled in an overly-dramatic way.

And if you had seen that movie, before playing the clip, you’re probably as old as I am. That means you have seen some old 3DL cabinet doors unravelling themselves in a similarly over-the-top fashion.

The skin seems to be popping straight off of the doors like rats jumping ship. You may ask yourself “Why would I want to put those doors in my kitchen, or even a rental for that matter if they’re going to do that eventually”?

Correctly made 3DL cabinet doors DON’T DO THAT! One of the following two things has to be going on under the surface for that to happen.

  1. Not enough glue was sprayed on the edges or face of the door. Some manufacturers, while likely trying to save time or money, do not put enough glue to account for absorption into the MDF. However, if too much glue is applied, the face and edges will turn out a bit lumpy looking. It takes considerable technical skill and finesse to get the correct amount of glue onto the door to result in both a quality look and a 3DL door that will last 20+ years. At M+J, we use a post-catalyzed, water-based, heat-activated glue that further lengthens the lifespan of the doors. I know that was too much of hyphenating, but sometimes it just can’t be avoided.
  2. There was no Primer applied to the back of the 3DL. After extruding the PVC into a thin sheet, the manufacturer then sprays or rolls a coat of primer to the back of the 3DL. This primer is specially formulated to adhere to the smooth PVC and to create a chemical connection between it and the heat-activated glue applied to the door. Without that primer, the glue will stick to the vinyl for a time. However, after about 3-4 years, it will start to let go, and the resulting ship-jumping starts.

M+J does a visual inspection of the glue level and the presence of primer before pressing every load of doors. We also do heat tests after every break to make sure we are activating our glue correctly. Physical and destructive pull tests are done at the same time to ensure we have the most durable adhesion. And who doesn’t like being destructive every once in a while, especially if the boss encourages it?

3DL cabinets doors can be an economical and long-lasting choice that will outperform most products that cost much more. Buy them from M+J Woodcrafts, and you’ll be sick of them well before they ever need replacing, trust me.

Contact us at 604.946.4767 to discuss how we can assist you with your cabinet doors.

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