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Con-Tact Brand Clear Covering Self-Adhesive Privacy Film and Liner, 18-Inches by 9-Feet, Clear Matte
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- Clear matte privacy liner offers superior transparent protection and semi-transparent privacy that can be used on windows of cabinets, doors or home
- Water-based adhesive backing allows for repositioning and easy removal
- Measure-and-cut grid in back allows for easy cut-to-size fitting
- Wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge and is easily removable
- Each roll measures 18 inches wide by 9 feet long
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Con-Tact Brand Self-Adhesive Clear Covering
Con-Tact Brand Self Adhesive Clear Covering is both decorative and functionally designed for superior transparent protection and semi-transparent privacy. Our Clear Covering Acid Free Glossy or Acid Free Matte leaves no sticky residue, perfect for preserving those special family photos, documents or children’s art work. Our Clear Covering Acid Free choices are ideal for the scrap booker in your household.
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Con-Tact Brand Self Adhesive Clear Covering is easy to apply with our original and innovative "measure-and-cut" grid on the backing paper. And when it's time for a new look, our Con-Tact Brand Self Adhesives remove cleanly, leaving behind no messy residue. This self-adhesive clear covering has a matte finish and is designed for both superior transparent protection and semi-transparent privacy. With our latest innovative and fashion-forward products in sophisticated colors and patterns, Con-Tact Brand products continue to lead the industry. Our colors are coordinated from one substrate to another so our customers can mix and match to their delight. So whatever the project - covering shelves in a pantry, cupboard, or closet; lining drawers in the kitchen, bath or bedroom; covering a counter or work space; or even tackling a creative craft project like covering a lamp shade - Con-Tact Brand has the colors and patterns to suite your taste and decor. And as you can expect only from Con-Tact Brand products, our new high quality Shelf and Storage liners lead the industry in quality and value. Whatever the room, whatever the surface, Con-Tact Brand's got you covered.
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As for application, working with anything adhesive can be frustrating, but this elicited only a few curse words from me...it went on fairly easily and I found it easier to use my hand to smooth it out rather than any implement (so that I could work from feel).
Side note: I put this down after removing a previous layer I had applied 2 years ago (of light-colored "granite" which I had gotten bored with), and when I removed that layer it pulled up some of the paint on the counter. Turns out that the paint was hiding yet ANOTHER layer of Con-Tact paper that the previous tenant had put down in the...are ready for it? 1960s! I could tell from the astro pattern! So there you go...Con-Tact paper can stick on for 50+ years!
I stumbled across the idea of updating counter tops with contact paper on a home improvement site. I actually happen to love our black granite counters, but my mind instantly went to our ugly, dinged up, oak-colored cabinets (who on Earth actually thought that color went with the black counters in the first place?). Could I use contact paper to cover those monstrosities? I decided to give it a shot.
I started with one 18"X 24' roll of the Tropical Walnut contact paper and quickly realized that I would need at least two (I ended up needing three, but most of the last one will be for details and touch-ups). I started by taking the doors/drawers off of the cabinets and thoroughly cleaning them. At this point, I realized just how gross cabinet doors can get - another reason to get rid of the light stain color - and I also began to see just what terrible condition my cabinetry was in. Many of the bottom doors had been stripped of finish on their lower halves and I found several large chips where the wood was missing altogether. I also had one drawer completely fall apart in my hands and had to glue it back together before I could put it back in after covering it with the contact paper. So, fair warning, you may learn more about your kitchen when doing this than you would like.
The actual covering process was fairly simple. The contact paper is sticky enough to adhere to the surface of the wood, but not so sticky that I can't reposition it if needed. I did this a fair amount of times to get it straight and remove all of the air bubbles. I really only needed a stiff rubber scraping tool, an exacto knife and a pair of scissors for the actual application process. Most of the time that I spent on the project was in getting the contact paper "just so" on the corners so that it didn't stick out but also covered all of the original stain. I run a small vinyl business at home, so I knew what I was getting into with this and I found the process simple and straightforward. It was actually very fun to watch the kitchen gradually take on a more mature and "expensive" look as I covered a few doors and drawers each day.
One of my initial worries about using contact paper for this purpose was how well it would hold up to common kitchen activities. We use a Breville convection oven instead of our big oven and it sits on the counter just under one of my newly recovered cabinets. It gives off a bit of heat and I was a bit worried that this might cause the paper to start peeling. However, we have used the oven daily over the past two weeks since the paper has been up and I haven't noticed any peeling of the contact paper above it. I also re-covered the cabinet doors above the stove where we boil a lot of water for soups and such. The humidity hasn't affected the paper, but I also use our vent-a-hood to push the steam away from the cabinets (just in case).
Before purchasing, I noticed that a few reviewers were disappointed that the wood print doesn't look "real" up close. The reason real wood looks real is that it isn't "flat"; it has ridges and waves and natural undulations within the wood that you simply can't expect from something that has been printed. That being said, I actually think this contact paper looks more like "real wood" than my wooden cabinet doors did, so whether you like it or not is really dependent upon what you're expecting. If you have reasonable expectations for a contact paper made to look like wood, you will be pleased with your purchase. If not, you may want to consider actually sanding and staining your cabinetry instead.
Overall, this contact paper is an excellent investment. In total, I spent about $45 to completely change the look of my kitchen. There is a bit of a learning curve if you've never covered something with vinyl before, but this is an excellent medium to start with because it is easily repositionable. Check out my before (top) and after (bottom) photo for more details!
Anyways, as you can imagine, squee-jee-ing the stuff on without major bubbles or wrinkles is a feat. It took me a few hours to do the counter tops BUT it was well worth it since I'm in a rental house I love (but cannot change the tacky yellow counters.) The final product is quite handsome, considering the total cost for all the counters was under 20 bucks. It looks like faux granite-- definitely not like the real stuff, but also not like 40 year old scratched counters with stickers slapped on top, which is essentially what it is. :)
The sink is easy to cut around, for what it's worth-- some tutorials online suggest cutting it perfectly to fit. That would drive me crazy. I cut out a hole for the sink, but a very rough one-- and then used a common steak knife to cut the precise edges once the stuff was already stuck on evenly. Overlapping bits peeled right off the sink. Trust me, the stuff has some give/stretchiness (not unlike a tee shirt) so you don't really want to measure things until it's already down.
For air bubbles, try poking them with a tack or sewing needle and decompressing slowly. For wrinkles, try slicing and overlapping the pieces. The almost imperceptible line is WAY better than a grime-catching wrinkle.. or worse: tearing the thing up in frustration.
Good luck, you won't regret this weekday morning renovation! :)