How to update skirting boards and architraves

How to update skirting boards and architraves

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  • If the skirting board is slightly warped and doesn’t fit perfectly along the wall, put bricks up against it to hold it in position while the adhesive cures.

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Skirting boards don’t just finish the design of a room, they protect the bottom of the wall from getting scuffed and damaged.

Yet skirting boards often display signs of wear and tear due to marks and dents from previous occupants or if you have small children or pets bumping against them. If your skirting boards or architraves are looking tired or worn out, it’s time to repair them.

Repairing skirting boards is easier than you’d think with Selleys Liquid Nails Original. Liquid Nails Original is a premium-grade construction adhesive that delivers a strong and lasting bond on most building materials, including skirting boards. Building movement from weather extremes can cause bonds to weaken, but Liquid Nails Original is flexible enough to respond to movement allowing a strong bond to be maintained over time.

First up, find the damaged piece of skirting board. If it’s an older building the skirting may be attached with nails. In that case, insert a chisel on the top of the skirting board at the stud location and hammer it in between the skirting board and the wall until you prise it open, being careful not to damage the surrounding wall.

Skirting Board DIY Tips:

  1. Make sure surfaces are clean, dry and free of dust.
  2. Cut the tip off the cartridge and cut the nozzle to get the right bead thickness, about 5mm.
  3. Apply a bead of Liquid Nails Original to the top and bottom of the back of the skirting board surface.
  4. Bring the surfaces together and manoeuvre the skirting board into position.
  5. Temporarily tape the skirting board to the wall to hold it in place – you have 20 minutes to reposition after fitting.
  6. Allow 24 hours for the adhesive to set before removing the tape.
  7. If the skirting board is slightly warped in places, put bricks up against it to hold it in position while the glue cures.
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