Another door application, but with an original use of horizontal bands.
Easy / Medium
Hair dryer or heat gun
In the tutorials and on our Youtube channel there are already examples of applications dedicated to doors. In this case we will carry out the application with horizontal strips of film.
We will carry out the front and back application. We will create 6 bands, 3 per side: they will therefore be 2 90 cm bands at the top and bottom, while for the central part we will use a 30 cm band.
We remove the door handle and hinges. If needed, we sand the parts around the screw holes to get a flat surface. Since we want to change the handle, the old holes will no longer be useful.
We clean the surface to eliminate any residues.
We carry out the measurements. We help each other with a ruler and a pen to mark the limits of the bands. In our case we calculated a distance of 90cm from the base of the door. You could also choose to sit flush on the end of the door, but we prefer to use the line drawn with the pen as a template.
Observe that the 30 cm band fits perfectly, and also includes space for an adequate overlap of the bands (about 1 cm, but you can also choose a smaller size).
Remark: remember that 90cm is fine for the upper band on one side, but for the longer door facade, the one with the rebate, we need to calculate 1 cm more, so we make the mark at 91cm instead of 90 cm as for the other face.
Let’s move on to the application. We place the band on the lower part of the largest surface, that is the one with the stop. Let’s help ourselves with some pieces of masking tape to hold the film in place leaving a margin of abundance of about 1 cm on the edges. We remove the back paper for about 10cm and check that the film is perfectly positioned.
Let’s proceed calmly, using the spatula to spread the film.
As usual, we proceed to close the edge, heating along the edges with the heat gun, in order to adapt the film to the stop. Do it, please, always do it to get an optimal result! Start from the center and move slowly towards the corners.
Now we apply on the lower edge of this side. Let’s help ourselves with the spatula to push the film on the inner edge.
Once finished we can remove the excess material. We use the spatula as a thickness for the cutter.
On the bottom of the door and on the top we remove the excess film. We decided to cut flush with the edge, because, being in contact with the floor and therefore dust, if we had to make a flap it would certainly be more at risk of detachment.
The first band has ended. We proceed exactly the same way for the upper band.
Then we have to apply the film on the other side as well.
Here is the door with the two bands applied on the front and back:
We engrave this part, where the lock recess is, so that when we reinsert it, the excess film can slip in and the lock will hold the film in place.
Do not worry if you have not gone perfectly straight near the lock, the points will be surmounted by the central band that we will now position.
We fix the film with adhesive tape and with the measuring tape we check to have an overlap of about 1cm. In fact we measured 89cm from the base.
Now we can proceed with its application exactly as we did for the other bands.
Once finished, we engrave the holes of the handle and hinges.
We decided to change the handle, with a few euros we bought a more modern-looking brushed steel one that we proceed to assemble after having freed the holes.
And our application is done! Did you understand why we renamed it Sushi Door? Don’t you remember a Hosomaki, an Onigiri?
Here is the result once the part of the frame and the relative architraves have also been completed:
And here is the videotutorial: