A skin is a thin film made of PVC or vinyl that mimics the appearance of wood. It comes with an adhesive backing that makes it easy to attach to cabinets, giving them the appearance of real hardwood. Skins are a cost-effective solution for cabinet remodeling, as they can cover up damage such as scratches or stains. To apply skins, cabinet hardware must be removed, and the surface must be sanded and smoothed with putty. Homeowners can choose from a wide variety of wood types, stains, and grain patterns to match their preferred aesthetic. It is important to note that skins are not recommended for cabinets that are not structurally sound, as they do not provide any support or strength, and are purely decorative.