PVC Edge Banding – A Home Improvement Project For the DIY’er
PVC edge banding is an excellent solution for a variety of home improvement needs. This material is very easy to apply and trim. It can be applied to any type of surface, from walls and floors to patios and decks. The DIY’er can complete this project without the need for specialized tools or extensive knowledge.
Easy to trim
Easy to trim PVC edge banding is an easy-to-install covering made of a flat, 0.018-inch-thick PVC strip with an adhesive backing. Its texture is slight, but it can easily cover the edges of 3/4-inch-thick wood. The best way to trim edge banding is to stand the panel on its edge.
To trim edge banding, first, stand the panel on its edge and use a 1″ chisel to cleanly cut the overhanging edge banding. You can also use a mallet to strike the edge banding with. When cutting edge banding, check for splice lines. These lines occur randomly throughout the roll, and are generally invisible once you apply a clear coat. However, you must be aware that dye stains might make these lines visible.
When cutting plywood, be sure to use an edge banding that is slightly wider than the plywood edge. This will ensure that there is an equal overhang on both sides. Start with one end and run the banding across the plywood edge, running it over the edges one or two times. Move slowly so that the adhesive can warm up. During this process, it is important to keep the iron level while trimming.
Once you’ve finished cutting the edge banding, you can paint it or stain it. You should choose a color and material that will match the plywood you’re using. For example, if your plywood is made from red oak, you’ll want to use red-oak edge banding.