Foil for doors

Foil for doors

Obsolete or lost appearance things are ready to serve us for quite a long time, so do not rush to look for a replacement for them. This is especially true of doors, because their functionality is maintained, as a rule, for many years. A self-adhesive film will help restore the appearance of the door leaf..


Self-adhesive film for doors is a rolled-up sheet. Its outer side can be different in color and texture and has a decorative function. The inner side is a sticky adhesive surface, with the help of which the film is attached to the door leaf. The sticky surface is protected by a special coating to prevent the material from sticking together.

Despite the external similarity of different films, in fact they have many types, moreover, a certain type of material, depending on its characteristics, is not suitable for all doors. Therefore, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the main types of self-adhesive films for door panels..


There is a wide selection of films for doors on the market, differing in material and method of production, structure, texture of the outer surface, in color and design..

According to the material of manufacture, the following films for doors are subdivided:

  • Polypropylene. Propylene films are often used for pasting glass surfaces. They can be transparent, matte, with a pattern. Frosted is often glued to the glass of an interior door or used for the design of glass doors of sliding wardrobes. Such a film also has a protective function, as it makes the glass more durable, and if it breaks, it prevents fragments from falling out..
  • Paper. Doors, laminated with a film, which are based on paper, should be protected from getting wet. Therefore, you should not use it for rooms with high humidity..

  • With a finish effect. The film is a material, the main component of which is paper impregnated with resins and coated with varnish, which increases its strength and wear resistance.
  • Fiberglass. Quite an expensive option with good characteristics that ensure its durability.
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Such films are not afraid of temperature fluctuations, are sufficiently resistant to mechanical damage and are not afraid of high humidity..
  • Bichromic. Perfect for the bathroom, as it is not afraid of humidity and temperature fluctuations. The fabric is sufficiently resistant to UV rays and household chemicals.

Films can also be classified according to the manufacturing method. Each manufacturer strives to find its own way of manufacturing products that will make them unique compared to other brands of materials. However, we will not consider this point in detail, since the manufacturer does not indicate such information on the labels. This means that this information will not help you in choosing a film..

According to the structure, single-layer and double-layer are distinguished. Monolayer materials are a single fabric resulting from a mixture of various components and their special processing. Such products are flexible and elastic..

Two-layer films are products consisting of two separate layers, one of which is the base, and the other is the carrier of decorative elements. This option is considered less durable than the first..

According to the texture of the outer side, products are available with a matte, glossy, transparent, mirror or holographic surface..

The market offers a variety of colors and textures of self-adhesive films. Depending on your desire, you can purchase material with a wood grain pattern or even imitation leather.

Be careful when choosing a film. If the front door will be glued, then the material must be resistant to temperature fluctuations. Moisture resistance and strength are also important criteria when choosing a material for such a door..

Interior doors need wear-resistant material, especially if children and pets live in the house. Also, make sure that if something happens, the film can be washed..

Bathroom doors can be covered with a film that is not afraid of high humidity.

Manufacturers overview

Choosing a film for pasting doors, you will come across a large selection of not only colors, but also manufacturers, on which the quality and price of products depend..

The most common option and the most affordable is the products of Chinese manufacturers. Here the color scheme will amaze you with its variety. The wear resistance of such films, according to consumer reviews, is not at a high level, but there are also decent options. The main reason why buyers buy such coatings is their low price..

Alkor (Germany), D-C-Fix (Germany) and Patifix (Holland) can be noted among foreign firms that consumers appreciate for their high quality. There are no solvents in the adhesive composition of Alkor films, which means that the likelihood of damage to the door coating is minimized. The materials of this company can be used in any premises, and even in those with high humidity, for example, in bathrooms..

If you decide to tape the outer door with foil, then D-C-Fix foils will suit you perfectly. Based on the practice of their use, they perfectly withstand temperature fluctuations and changes in weather conditions. For indoor use, such a film is also suitable. Consumers value this firm for its many uses. Therefore, if the material remains, it can be successfully used not only inside the house, but also outside. Among the many film design options in the collection of this manufacturer, there is an option that imitates leather..

Those consumers who value safety first of all in their products give preference to the manufacturer Patifix. The environmental friendliness of these products is confirmed by various quality certificates, this is also the mission of the company. Thanks to the presence of these documents, the products are trusted all over the world. By purchasing a self-adhesive film of this company for a children’s room, you can rest assured of its safety..

Reviews of the products of the listed foreign companies are quite good. The main disadvantage of consumers is the high price, which ranges from 900 to 4200 rubles per roll..

How to paste correctly?

Before proceeding with pasting the door leaf, it is necessary to prepare its surface. To do this, you need to clean it from dirt. Do not neglect this stage, as otherwise the connection of the film with the door will not be of high quality. If necessary, namely if there are irregularities, chips or wide cracks on the working surface, it is better to grind and fill them. Degreasing is the final stage of preparing the door leaf for pasting. For this, a regular soap solution is suitable, which is applied to the surface, and then removed with water. Wipe the surface dry.

Before gluing the film, prepare the necessary tools: scissors or a stationery knife (as it is more convenient for anyone), a simple pencil, a tape measure, a rubber spatula, a spray bottle filled with water, a hair dryer and a needle. A hair dryer will help when working with uneven surfaces – carved parts, corners, since heating the material will make it more plastic. This is especially true when pasting the door pillar. And with the help of a spray gun, you can change the position of the material. To do this, you will need to moisten the door before pasting. Water will prevent the film from adhering quickly to the door. The needle will be needed to get rid of the air bubbles that have arisen on the material..

It is advisable to dismantle the door, as well as all the elements on it – glass, handles. Please note that if the door closes very tightly, then applying a film will aggravate this. Therefore, it does not hurt to remove a little shavings from the ends of the door..

If you have a flat door leaf and you need to transform it on one side, then the pasting process will be quite simple. To do this, measure the door itself, including the ends. Remove the backing paper no more than 5 cm from the edge and attach to the door. Do not forget to leave allowances for the ends. Then, moving from the center to the edge, using a spatula, glue the film. Gradually peel off the rest of the film, repeating the work done.

Now you need to process the ends with the material. To do this, make an incision in the foil, extending one of the corners of the door. Carefully glue most of it on the corner and on the perpendicular end, and with the remaining smaller part, cover the already glued part of the film.

If you are going to paste over the door on both sides, then on one of them leave allowances for the ends of about one and a half centimeters, and on the other – its full size. This way you will overlap them. You can also do this, what is called, “joint to joint”. But be very careful with measurements..

When gluing places with a round cutout, for example, under a handle, it is necessary to make cuts in the material in the form of rays and bend it inside the cutout. Remember to remove the handle before starting the process.

How to remove?

You can try to remove the film without applying any additional work. As a rule, it can be easily removed from plastic doors and glass surfaces. If you cannot tear it off or it comes off hard, then it is better not to risk it, as you can damage the door covering. In this case, you can use a hairdryer – household or construction. When heated, the adhesive will become soft and pliable and will not interfere with the removal of the film. It is necessary to heat a small area from the edge, and then carefully remove it, then the next one, and so on, until you remove all the film.

If glue remains on the door leaf, sandpaper will come in handy. This is in case you do not need to maintain the appearance of the door. If this is not the case, you can use a mild solvent. But do not rub the surface with it, but blot and wipe dry immediately. Otherwise, you can vice versa, spoil the coating..

Examples in the interior

With the help of the film, you can not only give a second life to outdated things, but also support the interior of the room, create a certain atmosphere in the apartment. Such options for self-adhesive film not only organically fit into the interior of the room and emphasize it, but also visually increase the space of the room..

The color and design options for films for pasting children’s room doors are endless. Here you can choose material with the image of cartoon characters or just a colorful bright print..

The market offers many options for films, the colors of which imitate wood. This color is perfect for offices and living rooms..

Looks original when the colors of the film repeat the colors of any objects used in creating the design of the room.

For information on how to decorate doors with self-adhesive film, see the next video..

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