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Gluing skirting boards with hot melt glue and a glue gun

Skirting boards create a nice transition between the floor and walls, and play a major role in the overall impression of the room. Skirting boards are often light and do not need to withstand much load. So it is both simple and effective to put up skirting boards with glue – not least if the wall is made of concrete or other hard materials. But glue also adheres to materials such as wood and plaster, which has the advantage that you do not need to drill the skirting board or wall, or plaster over nail heads. You can read more here about which glues and glue guns are most suitable for the job, and get practical tips along the way.

Choosing the right hot melt glue and glue gun when you glue skirting boards

We recommend that you use special adhesive for wood or plastic, depending on the material the skirting boards are made of, as this provides extra durable adhesion.

Choose the length of glue stick based on the size of the job – a short glue stick contains less glue and is suitable when you are gluing short lengths of skirting board, while a long glue stick is the best choice for major projects.

Recommended glues for gluing skirting boards

Click on the icon to see our range of special adhesives for wood or plastic.

Choosing the right glue gun when you glue skirting boards

Putting up skirting boards often requires a lot of glue. So we recommend that you use a powerful glue gun with a high glue flow, which also makes it easier to work quickly over large surfaces. It is also a good idea if the glue gun has exchangeable nozzles, so that you can adjust the glue flow as needed, to get into corners or cover wide surfaces for example.

A few tips when you glue skirting boards

Protect the floor
Use a protective sheet to protect the floor from glue.

Make sure that the surfaces are clean and dry
Wipe off dirt and dust from the surfaces before you glue, otherwise the adhesive strength is compromised. It may also be a good idea to sand down the surfaces to remove any irregularities. 

Preferably glue onto the skirting board
The glue then adheres better. Avoid gluing onto wallpaper if possible, as it can be difficult to remove the glue without damaging the wallpaper. 

Keep up a quick pace - the glue dries quickly
Hot melt glue dries quickly and immediately attains its full adhesive strength. It is therefore important to fasten the skirting board immediately once you have applied the glue. Keep the skirting board firmly against the wall for a short time so that it sits evenly. 

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Recommended glue guns for gluing skirting board

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Rapid EG212

Rapid EG212

Sleek glue gun for simple repairs and minor projects. The EG212 features an ergonomic handle and rubber-covered trigger for comfort and precision.

Rapid EG320

Rapid EG320

Strong, versatile glue gun that gives a higher glue flow and high temperature. Compact size and ergonomic handle make it comfortable to use for a longer period. Two different stands and the option to change nozzle.

Nozzles for glue guns

Nozzles for glue guns

Pack of three different exchangeable nozzles, suited to give better precision in hard-to-reach places, or to create a thin, wide, glue pattern. Suitable for CG270 and EG280.