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Skirting Board Adhesive: Adiseal Strong Flexible Bond

What is the best skirting board adhesive?

When it comes to sticking skirting boards to a wall, the Adiseal adhesive & sealant is considered the top choice. Renowned for its exceptional performance, this adhesive has broken records and surpassed expectations. Choosing a strong and flexible adhesive is crucial to achieve a durable bond that withstands the test of time. In this guide, we will explore the process of how to attach skirting boards to a wall using adhesive, as well as discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using adhesives instead of mechanical methods for skirting installation.

Surface preparation

The strength of any adhesive or sealant is determined by the weakest surface it is applied to. If the surface is dusty, the adhesive’s strength will only be as strong as the dust particles adhered to it. Taking the time to thoroughly clean both the walls and skirting boards from dust, grease, paint, and other dirt is essential for achieving a strong and durable bond. Additionally, if the wall is uneven, it is advisable to flatten it as much as possible before using an adhesive with high gap fill capabilities. Adisolve is an excellent product to assist in removing stubborn deposits such as oil, grease, and tar, ensuring optimal surface preparation for a reliable bond.

Flexible Adhesive

If a non-flexible adhesive is used, the bond between the skirting boards and the wall can become brittle. Over time, this brittleness can cause the bond to weaken and eventually break, especially when the wood expands or contracts due to changes in temperature and moisture. Additionally, the adhesive must be able to absorb vibrations caused by various factors, such as people walking, touching the skirting boards, and even vehicle traffic if the property is located near a road. Therefore, it is crucial to choose a flexible adhesive that can withstand these dynamic forces and maintain a strong and durable bond between the skirting boards and the wall. As Adiseal is a waterproof adhesive as well, it can be used in areas where moisture is present.

Skirting board adhesive used to stick skirting to a wall.
Skirting fitted to a wall with skirting board adhesive.

High gap fill

It is crucial for any product to possess effective gap filling properties. This is necessary because, in most cases, the wall where the skirting board is applied is not completely flat. Typically, plasterers do not extend the plaster on the wall all the way down to the floor, resulting in uneven gaps between the skirting and the wall. Therefore, the product must have the ability to fill these gaps adequately. Additionally, the adhesive should maintain its position and not run down during the drying process, ensuring a secure bond between the skirting board and the wall.

How to stick skirting boards to a wall

How to stick skirting board to a wall using adhesive.

  1. Prepare the surface

    Ensure that both the wall and the back of the skirting boards are clean, dry, and free from dust, grease, or any other contaminants. Use a clean cloth or a mild detergent solution to remove any dirt or residue.

  2. Measure and cut

    Measure the length of the wall where the skirting board will be installed and mark the appropriate length on the skirting board. Use a saw or a suitable cutting tool to accurately cut the skirting board to the desired length, ensuring precise corners and miters if necessary. As wood can expand and contract with moisture and temperature changes, it is recommended to allow the wood to acclimatise in the room before cutting it.

  3. Apply the adhesive

    Choose a suitable product that offers strong bonding properties. Apply a continuous bead of adhesive along the back of the skirting board, ensuring even coverage. If using a gap-filling adhesive, apply an extra bead along any uneven areas of the wall or between the skirting board and the wall.

  4. Position and secure

    Carefully position the skirting board against the wall, aligning it with the markings and ensuring a tight fit. Apply gentle pressure to the skirting board to ensure proper contact with the adhesive. If needed, use supports to temporarily secure the skirting board in place while the adhesive dries.

  5. Finishing touches

    Remove any excess adhesive that may have squeezed out from the edges of the skirting board. Smooth the adhesive with a putty knife for a neat finish. If there are any visible gaps or joints, fill them with a suitable gap filler or caulk.

  6. Allow for drying and curing

    Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the drying and curing time for the adhesive. Typically, it takes several hours or longer for the adhesive to fully dry and cure. Avoid any movement or disturbance of the skirting board during this period.

Tip: To store Adiseal once opened, leave about 1cm worth of product out of the nozzle and store the tube upright in a cool dry place. Adiseal requires moisture for it to cure. The exposed part out of the nozzle will cure creating a cap. To re-use Adiseal, pull the cured part out or cut the nozzle until the uncured part is reached.

Skirting board glue vs adhesive

When it comes to skirting boards and walls, using a skirting board adhesive is preferable to skirting board glue. An adhesive offers distinct advantages over skirting board glue in terms of its ability to fill gaps and provide flexibility. It possesses superior gap-filling properties, allowing it to compensate for uneven surfaces and create a stronger bond between the skirting board and the wall. Additionally, skirting board adhesive exhibits greater flexibility, enabling it to accommodate the natural movements of the skirting board and the wall due to temperature and moisture changes. Therefore, choosing an adhesive ensures a more reliable and durable attachment between the skirting board and the wall compared to skirting board glue.

Record breaking strongest adhesive and sealant proven by independent test

Strongest adhesive in test. Suitable for sticking skirting boards.

For more details on the best grab adhesive & sealant see the Adiseal page. It includes details of how Adiseal was the strongest adhesive in an independent adhesive strength test. In the wood to metal adhesive strength test, Adiseal was over 3 times stronger than the nearest competitor. It was even stronger than the screws holding the test rig down forcing the test on it to be stopped as the screws started ripping out.

ProductMax pressure when adhesive bond broke (psi)
Adiseal3123 + psi
SupaBond1115 psi
Tec 71016 psi
HB42942 psi
Loctite PL Premium873 psi
Gorilla Grab Adhesive862 psi
Bond It PU18582 psi
Bond It Save Nails411 psi
Adhesive strength test results.

Strongest adhesive in independent adhesive strength test. Results chart.

Fitting skirting with an adhesive or mechanical fixings

When it comes to fitting skirting to a wall, there are generally two primary methods. The first method involves using mechanical techniques, such as screws and wall plugs. However, one drawback of this approach is that the final result may not be as aesthetically pleasing as when using an adhesive. In the provided image, the skirting has been attached to the wall using screws and wall plugs. Although the resulting holes were filled with wood filler, as depicted in the image, the finish is not as seamless as it would be if drilling into the wooden skirting was avoided altogether.

Skirting fitted with screws require holes that needs filling in.
Skirting fitted to a wall with screws instead of an adhesive.

Where to buy skirting board adhesive

In the UK, to buy skirting board adhesive, please contact us for details of your local stockist. Online seller www.guglue.com can ship to other countries. You can also contact us to find out if there is a distributor or a distribution opportunity for your country.

Adiseal is available in the following colours:

Frequently Asked Questions About Skirting Board Adhesive

Will Adiseal stick skirting boards to a wall?

Yes, Adiseal adhesive will stick skirting boards to a wall and will provide a very strong and long lasting bond. The reason for this is because Adiseal is extremely strong yet stays flexible, absorbing any vibrations, knocks and expansion and contraction due to temperature and moisture changes in the air. It is also waterproof and UV resistant as well.

Which is better at sticking skirting, Adiseal or Hi-Grab?

Both Adiseal adhesive sealant and Adiseal Hi-Grab adhesive will provide an extra strong long lasting, flexible bond on skirting. Adiseal adhesive and sealant is the recommended product if there is no requirement for extra high initial grab and there are no big gaps to fill between the wall and skirting boards.

Can I use Adiseal Ultra Clear to bond skirting boards to a wall?

The Adiseal colours have stronger initial grab and bond strength compared to Adiseal Ultra Clear. It is recommended to use Adiseal Colours over Adiseal Ultra Clear when it’s being used as an adhesive only.

What is the best skirting board adhesive?

Adiseal is the best skirting board adhesive. It stays flexible, has high grab, high gap fill and it was the strongest adhesive in an independent test. It is also waterproof and UV resistant as well.

What is skirting board adhesive?

Skirting board adhesive is a type of adhesive specifically designed for attaching skirting boards or baseboards to walls.

Is skirting board adhesive suitable for all types of skirting boards?

Skirting board adhesive is typically suitable for a variety of skirting board materials, such as wood, MDF (medium-density fiberboard), PVC, and others. However, it’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations for compatibility.

Suhail Matadar has extensive experience in the construction industry as an electrician, involved in installing, inspecting, and testing electrical systems in various projects. He excelled in sales, working for a major UK wholesaler, selling construction products to professionals and the DIY market. Suhail's background includes working at a leading home emergency repair company dealing with trades people. With a BEng (Hons) degree in Electronic Engineering, Suhail has worked with PLCs in the nuclear fuel manufacturing industry. During his studies, he gained practical experience at a chemical manufacturing company known for producing award-winning cleaning, hygiene, and livestock protection products for over a century. Currently, Suhail runs a global business specialising in supplying, researching, testing, and distributing chemical construction products like adhesives and sealants.