Material

WHAT IS PANYL FOR?

PANYL is a line of do-it-yourself finishes for customizing IKEA furniture and other custom home-improvement projects. You install it by peeling away the backing, aligning the finish with your surface, and applying gentle pressure to make the PANYL stick. This is a fast, convenient and cost-effective way to take advantage of mass-produced "flat-pack" furniture while achieving the high-end look of custom, made-to-order brands (or at least completely obscuring the fact that there's regular old IKEA underneath).

WHAT IS PANYL MADE OF?

PANYL is made of self-adhesive, pressure-sensitive vinyl that is specifically designed for interior and exterior architectural use.

HOW DOES PANYL WORK?

PANYL is pre-cut to the dimensions of specific IKEA furniture models. You peel off the adhesive backing, line it up with the surface you're putting it on, and apply pressure to attach the PANYL to the surface of your furniture. PANYL is thicker and more rigid than contact paper or wallpaper, and it has a very small network of grooves in the adhesive that allows air to escape as it's applied. This makes it very easy for anyone to apply it smoothly and evenly without bunching or air bubbles.

HOW HARD IS PANYL TO INSTALL?

If you can fold a paper airplane or wrap a present, you can install PANYL. We provide simple installation instructions and practice pieces with each order. The material itself is very forgiving in that it can be peeled off and repositioned multiple times as you are applying it, and because it has specially engineered air channels on the adhesive side that make it extremely easy to remove air bubbles and achieve a hard, uniform surface.

Smaller surfaces are the easiest to PANYL, while doing larger ones (such as wardrobe doors) requires a little initial practice, as does wrapping corners. However, we include practice PANYLs with every order.

WILL PANYL'S COLORS AND PATTERNS FADE OR RUB OFF?

PANYL is a high-end architectural finish that is engineered to last. Colors and textures will not fade or smudge. If properly cleaned and maintained PANYL can last as long as the furniture it's stuck to.

IS PANYL WATERPROOF?

Once applied, PANYL acts as an extra waterproof barrier between your furniture surface and contact with liquid. However, it will not stick to wet or waterlogged surfaces, and it will not prevent moisture from being absorbed through unfinished ends or unprotected edges.

IS PANYL FIRE-RATED?

Yes. PANYL is a Class A fire retardant when applied to a surface.

HOW DO I CLEAN PANYL?

You can use almost any household cleaner on PANYL, but avoid using abrasives such as Ajax or steel wool, which may leave scratches. For tougher ink stains use denatured alcohol. You can even remove marks made with a Sharpie.

WILL IT PEEL OFF OR LOSE ITS STICKINESS?

As long as the original surface was not dirty or wet, and no excess PANYL protrudes at the edges, PANYL won't peel, and is engineered to adhere for at least 10 years indoors.

HOW EASILY DOES IT SCRATCH, TEAR or MELT?

PANYL is scratch resistant and very durable. However, if proper care is not taken when installing, cleaning or removing it, it may scratch or tear. PANYL should not be used on cutting surfaces or come in contact with anything sharp. PANYL is heat and fire-resistant, but contact with hot items or flame can potentially damage it. Care for it as you would for any other item with a custom finish, and it will maintain its original appearance.

IS PANYL REMOVABLE?

Yes, however the potential to cause damage to the original surface varies greatly depending on the durability of the original finish.  The harder and thicker the original finish, the less PANYL is likely to damage it if removed. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the least damageable and 1 being the most, glass or polished metal would be a 10, and wallpaper or drywall would be 1. Everything else is in the middle.

Therefore it is important to assess the quality of the finish underneath the PANYL if planning to remove it.  Certain IKEA items, such as Abstrakt or Applad kitchen cabinet doors, have a solid, smooth shell that resists chipping or peeling.  Others, such as the shell of the Billy bookcase series or Harlig kitchen cabinet doors, may appear hard, but are actually coated with a fairly thin layer of Melamine.  Care must be taken to peel back the PANYL slowly and evenly, lest flecks or even sections of melamine stick to the underside of the PANYL as you pull it off.   MALM and BESTA have an even less robust, painted surface that flakes or tears easily, and Expedit doors and drawers have an impregnated paper surface that can peel off in their entirety if you don't take precautions.

Notwithstanding, PANYL can usually be removed from any these surfaces without damaging the original finish.  See the explanation in the INSTALLATION section for further details.  And if you are ever in doubt or experience a problem, simply stop what you are doing and contact us so we can provide guidance.

DOES PANYL WRAP AROUND EDGES?

Yes it does! Wrapping around a single side edge is straightforward. Wrapping corners can be done several ways, and is a more advanced installation technique. Contact us for more information or phone support if your project involves wrapping around side edges or corners.

Ordering

DO YOU SELL IKEA FURNITURE/PARTS?

We do NOT sell IKEA items or replacements for IKEA items. PANYL only sells flexible, self-adhesive finishes that you use to customize your new or existing IKEA furniture. You order it from us and apply it directly to the surface of your item. If you already own the IKEA item, you just have to place an order for PANYL to start customizing. If not, you need to buy your IKEA items first, or at least know which IKEA items you plan to purchase, before ordering PANYL. We do on the other hand know a lot about the various IKEA products that we produce PANYL for. <href="http://www.panyl.com/pages/contact-us">Contact us for assistance if you have any needs at all with respect to IKEA project design, item selection or installation.

WHAT DO YOU SEND AS SAMPLES?

Samples are 2 ½ x 3 inch swatch cards for the purpose of demonstrating color and texture. With every sample order, we also include at least one larger piece of material with the backing in place, so that you can examine the adhesive side and test the application.

ARE YOUR WEBSITE PHOTOS ACCURATE?

The short answer: NO!!!

The long answer:

All of the photographic content on our site shows actual PANYL. In most cases these photographs show actual PANYL installed on real furniture, although duplicate product images have been digitally manipulated to display the various patterns.

While we invest tremendous effort to represent PANYL in its true-to-life form, the laws of computer physics dictate that no two colors will look alike on two different computer screens. So there is no way to tell how a given PANYL pattern will actually look in your home.

Therefore, we strongly encourage you to order samples if you are at all concerned about a the actual appearance of any pattern or color shade. FREE SHIPPING is included on all US sample orders.

If any of the items in your order do not match the color samples that have been previously ordered, simply <href="http://www.panyl.com/pages/contact-us">for a free replacement.

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YOUR WEBSITE DOESN'T SHOW THE IKEA ITEM I WANT TO PANYL. CAN I STILL ORDER PANYL FOR THIS ITEM?

YES! Although we are continually adding new IKEA products to our site, there are far too many for us to display all of them. If you don't see your item, please contact us and be sure to include a link to the item on the IKEA website, a description of which parts you would like to PANYL and which PANYL patterns you want. We will respond by e-mail with a price quote.

HOW DO I ORDER CUSTOM CUTS?

Custom orders are priced by taking the total number of linear feet required to cut out all of the requested PANYLs in a given color, plus a flat cut fee of $6 for each custom PANYL in the order. Use a millimeter measuring tape to take accurate measurements of the length and width of each of the surfaces you plan to PANYL. Determine based on these measurements how long a sheet of four-foot wide material is needed to cut out all of the shapes you require. Factor in a border of at least a quarter inch around each shape.

When you have determined the correct number of feet you need to order based on the dimensions of the shapes you need cut, place an order for PANYL by-the-foot in the appropriate quantity of linear feet and the desired number of shapes.

IMPORTANT: Include a note in your cart listing the exact dimensions in millimeters for each PANYL you want cut, as well as the desired direction of any woodgrains. We will contact you if we need any additional information to complete your order.

CAN I ORDER BULK SHEETS?

PANYL can be ordered in any desired number of linear feet. A linear foot is 1 foot long by 4 feet wide. Order any length of material in 1 foot increments up to 165 feet - the length of an entire factory roll.

HOW DO I KNOW HOW MANY LINEAR FEET TO ORDER?

Make a diagram with all of the pieces you need arranged in a four-foot high row. This height corresponds to the factory width of the material. Make sure you include at least a quarter of an inch of empty space in between shapes, as well as between the shapes and the edges of the row. Order the number of linear feet necessary to allow all of shapes to be cut.

Keep in mind that all woodgrain patterns are oriented in the long direction. Thus, for horizontal woodgrains the maximum width is four feet.

 

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WHICH EDGE SHOULD I START WITH?

The paper backing will have arrows pointing in the "up" direction. Apply your PANYL from the top down. For doors and drawers with knobs, make sure the hole on your surface is positioned correctly, before you begin application. This is especially important for woodgrains, which are unidirectional. If you want a horizontal orientation for your woodgrains or textured patterns, rotate your door or drawer 90 degrees and start from the side edge.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SEE AIR BUBBLES WHEN STICKING PANYL ON A SURFACE?

Don't worry about small bubbles. Panyl is specially designed to allow air to escape - gently smooth them out as you lay the PANYL onto the surface, and watch them disappear!

Large air bubbles or creases may be too large to smooth out. You can easily avoid these by allowing the PANYL to make contact with the surface a little at a time. If you do create a large bubble or crease, gently pull the PANYL away from the surface until the bubble is gone, and proceed normally.

WHAT IF THE PANYL VEERS OFF COURSE AS I'M APPLYING IT?

PANYL's adhesive is engineered to be pressure sensitive. It won't fully stick to the surface until you've smoothed it down. If you notice you are drifting out of line with your surface, reposition your PANYL and start again.

WHAT IF I SEE A CREASE IN THE PANYL AFTER I APPLY IT?

For small creases, position a hot blow dryer 10-12 inches away from the spot for for a few seconds, and gently smooth the creases with your fingers or a felt pad.

HOW CAN I REMOVE PANYL?

PANYL's pressure-sensitive adhesive only starts to "cure" after you have smoothed it down, and isn't fully cured until about 24 hours later. To remove PANYL during installation, peel off a corner, and pull back slowly and evenly so that you are applying reverse pressure to the entire release front at once.  Otherwise you may stretch or deform the sheet, making it harder to lay down flat again.

For permanent removal, always pay careful attention to the hardness of the original finish (see "Is PANYL removeable, above).  When in doubt, just go slowly, use plenty of heat, and call us if you are in doubt, preferably BEFORE you decide to wing it.   The thinner and softer the finish, the slower and more gently you must pull, and the more thoroughly you need to heat as you go. Before you begin peeling, heat the entire PANYLed surface thoroughly and gently with a hair dryer. Then release from a corner, and slowly lift the PANYL up at a 30-45-degree angle.  Hold the hair dryer 2-3 inches from the PANYL as you pull.  Heat the side covered by the PANYL with one hand,and pull up slowly and gently with the other.  Once the material becomes very soft and pliable, you can remove it from even the weakest surfaces with hardly any risk of damage.  Pull up a small area, then stop and peel an adjacent or nearby spot.   You will quickly figure out how much heat to use and how hard to pull.  But always be diligent, because pulling a little too hard, in the one cold spot you forgot to heat, can be the difference between having your cake and eating it, or heading back to the cart for a new batch, permanent batch of PANYL.

Use these guidelines if you intend to remove PANYL at some point, and if you are ever in doubt or if you run into trouble, contact us before you proceed any further. 

WHAT IF DUST PARTICLES GET UNDER THE PANYL DURING INSTALL?

Occasionally a small spec of dust may remain on your surface and become stuck to the underside of the PANYL you are applying. Avoid this by wiping your surfaces clean before application, and do it in a clean work space. However if this does happen, cut a small square from the practice sheet that came with your order. Peel back the PANYL and press the adhesive side of your practice square against the dust particle so that the dust particle is transferred to the practice square. Repeat when necessary.

WHAT IF A SMALL BORDER OF THE SURFACE IS STILL VISIBLE AFTER I APPLY MY PANYL?

This is normal. Each PANYL is cut to fit just inside the edge banding of flat-pack doors and drawers. This makes it easier to align your PANYL and also protects its edges from dents and dings. We recommend using black/dark surfaces whenever possible, this will make any small borders virtually unnoticeable. Also keep in mind that small borders are even less noticeable in larger installations where you've got multiple surfaces next to each other.

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HOW MUCH IS SHIPPING?

Shipping costs vary based on weight, destination country, and shipping method. To estimate shipping costs, follow these instructions to use our automated shipping calculator:

1. In the SHOP, Select each product size and quantity you are interested in ordering. For the estimating shipping costs, the color does not matter.

2. Click the ADD TO CART button.

3. As long as you have any item in your shopping cart, the cart will display a shipping calculator section. After adding one or more items to the cart, input your country, state/province and Zip/postal code into the shipping calculator. The shipping calculator will display the available shipping methods and shipping costs for the items in the cart.

DO YOU SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?

Yes! We ship worldwide using USPS, Fedex and UPS. Please see the instructions above for estimating shipping costs.

Most international PANYL customers select US Postal Service delivery, which is reliable and significantly more affordable than couriers. However international packages sent by US Postal Service are not trackable, and delivery timeframes are inconsistent and unpredictable.   80% of all shipments take from 8-10 business days to arrive.  However, in extreme cases US packages can take up to 45 days, even to Canada!!!   All of our international orders are fully insured, however we cannot ship a replacement order for a missing package until 45 days have elapsed from the date of shipment.  If 45 days have elapsed and you still don't have your order, please contact us for a replacement.

Please be sure to double check your shipping address when placing an order, and only use a shipping address where you are certain your local post office will be able to deliver.   We cannot be responsible for shipments that are sent to a wrong address or that are unclaimed after delivery has been attempted.

If you require a guaranteed delivery timeframe or a tracking number, please contact us for a courier quote.

All customs duties, fees and local taxes are the customer's sole responsibility.  We do not track duty rates or customs fees for foreign countries, so please do your own research before placing an order if you are concerned about import-related costs.

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WHAT IS PANYL'S RETURN POLICY?

All PANYL is cut to order, but may be returned for 50% store credit (less outbound shipping if your order included free shipping). Returns must be made within 21 days of delivery, and be received in new condition with the the backing fully intact.

HOW CAN I AVOID HAVING TO RETURN SOMETHING?

To avoid having to make returns, please take advantage of the following guidelines:

- Order samples! And contact us by e-mail or at 888-788-2426 if you are unsure about actual colors, about what PANYL is or about how PANYL works! Samples ship free within the USA.

- Make sure you have verified the correct IKEA model you have. Bestå Vara doors are NOT the same as Bestå Tombo, Bestå Tofta, Bestå Vassbo, etc. If you're still unsure after checking, call 888-788-2426 or e-mail us. (Luckily, we've got them all memorized.)

- Double check the dimensions of your existing IKEA items (sometimes older IKEA items may have the same model name, but different dimensions) or the IKEA items you plan to buy.

- Purchase the required IKEA items before buying PANYL. PANYL does not sell any actual IKEA items, except in special circumstances where a particular item has been discontinued; we sometimes are able to source these items for customers on a case-by-case basis. Contact us if you need help finding the necessary IKEA items.

WHY DOESN'T PANYL OFFER REFUNDS OR FULL CREDIT?

We would love to be able to offer refunds in cases where people have chosen the wrong color or the wrong sizes. But the way it works is that we only cut material when a customer places an order. Before that, the PANYL lives on big giant rolls where it can be safely stored in protected racks for a long time, before being fed into the cutting machine.

So we don't give refunds for returns because:

b) we don't currently have the space to store each set of returned pieces in sellable condition.

c) we don't have the systems to track what returned items are available for sale.

a) we don't know when or if we can resell things that are returned (especially in the case where the PANYL is cut to fit a discontinued IKEA model).

As a middle ground, we accept returns for a partial order credit of 50% of the current website price, less outbound shipping. Items ordered with a return credit are not returnable for further credit.

Keep in mind that the return coupon code is transferrable, so if you want to gift it to someone else, that's not only ok, it's encouraged!

HOW DO I RETURN SOMETHING?

Please review PANYL's returns policy above. To make a return, please contact us for a return authorization.

After we authorize your return, send the items in the original packaging to:

PANYL, Inc. 132 12th St.  Brooklyn, NY 11215, attention: Returns.

Once returned, we will issue you an electronic coupon code for the adjusted amount of your purchase. The code is fully transferable and does not expire.