Kitchen fronts: foil or lacquer?

When it comes to redesigning the kitchen front, the question often arises of whether to use foil or a lacquer finish as a method. Which advantages and disadvantages both methods have, and where cheaper prices are to be expected, can be found in this article.

Advantages of foil

To foil a kitchen has some significant advantages:

  • Foliations can easily be done by anyone
  • Foilings are very fast
  • Foilings do not cause dust and dirt
  • for wrapping, parts do not necessarily have to be removed (eg blinds)
  • Foils can completely cover even small damages or quirks and make them invisible

Foils, if they are of high quality, will last for many years. The adhesion depends on the film manufacturer, but is very high for most quality films for the kitchen.

Slides are next to it too

  • water repellent
  • heat resistant (for normal applications, over 100° C usually no longer)
  • available in many designs
  • in Imitationsdesigns (real wood, stone, concrete look, etc.) available, so that a kitchen can be significantly upgraded


Foil must be removed after years of use and renewed. This is because of the low cost and low cost but relatively unproblematic, and also paint finishes are not forever beautiful. The removal of films usually succeeds without a trace, a re-polishing is then quite inexpensive and easy.

Advantages and disadvantages of painting

The advantage of painting a durable, durable coating is created, which (depending on the used paint) can also be quite resistant.

The disadvantage lies above all in the lower conversion possibilities (a kitchen can receive only one color, but for example no concrete look as with foils) and in the higher expenditure (elaborate grinding, several Lackiergänge, in between drying times).

Price differences

If you use foil, you have to expect from around 30 EUR per meter of kitchen. Most films are priced in the range of 25 - 40 EUR per linear meter with a width of about 120 cm.

For paints to the kitchen paint the costs are quite different, depending on which paint you use. With acrylic paints and suitable primer you have to calculate about 10 EUR per m² kitchen surface, special paints are often even more expensive. Added to this are the costs for sandpaper and possibly material for repairing quirks or dents.

Painting is therefore slightly cheaper than the foil, especially if you use cheap paints.

Tips & Tricks

Make sure that you can not paint oiled and waxed fronts. Here only foil remains as solution for the transformation.

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