How to glue a ceiling plinth
The ceiling plinth (fillet, border or baguette) is a wonderful decorative element that allows you to close the gaps between the wall and the ceiling and decorate the room. Sometimes it is impossible to distinguish it from expensive stucco moldings, meanwhile it costs much cheaper, and it is easy to mount. In the presence of a border, the ceiling acquires a complete look, looks neat and impressive. Before gluing the ceiling plinth, you need to take into account a number of nuances and carefully familiarize yourself with the installation technology, which will be further described in stages in the article.
- Varieties of ceiling skirting boards
- Almost polyurethane moldings
- Budget PVC Skirting Board
Varieties of ceiling skirting boards
Skirting boards come in different textures and widths, can be concave (having longitudinal recesses), convex, be decorated with various patterns, laminated (have a smooth surface). Fillets are mainly made from polyurethane and PVC..
Almost polyurethane moldings
Polyurethane borders are considered the highest quality and most expensive of all types of skirting boards. Polyurethane is a lightweight, durable material, resistant to temperature extremes, moisture resistant, elastic, does not absorb odors, durable (lasts up to 30 years), does not emit harmful substances, does not rot, it can be painted in absolutely any color. But skirting boards from it can not be used near lighting, heating devices. Such fillets are made from a foamed mass of polystyrene heated by steam until an increase in volume, as a result of which smooth blocks are formed. Thus, polystyrene foam is 98% air, so it is very light.
Ceiling plinths are made of it in the style of Art Nouveau, Baroque, Classic, Rococo, Empire and others. They can be straight, wide, narrow, patterned, can have, for example, the shape of a wave or plant, other relief forms. The same decorative elements as gypsum are made of polystyrene foam, but only several times lighter, so installing ceiling skirting boards from this material is not difficult even for the fair sex.
Budget PVC Skirting Board
PVC skirting board is an economical option. He is preferred if there is not enough money to buy polyurethane fillets. PVC borders are produced by heating steam of polystyrene granules placed in special forms. Among the advantages of this type of fillet can be distinguished versatility (mounted on the floor and on the ceiling), durability, moisture resistance, resistance to mechanical stress, ease of installation. However, as polystyrene foam baseboards, they can not be used near lighting, heating devices, in rooms with low temperatures. PVC borders are used as decor and act as a barrier against dirt and dust. The market offers a rich assortment of various bas-relief patterns, patterns and colors that imitate different types of wood, natural stones from PVC skirting boards.
Mandatory process – preparation
Before you start cutting and gluing borders, you need to prepare – calculate their number and purchase the right material.
- Quantity calculation. First you need to calculate the right amount of ceiling plinth. We give an example. Let’s say the size of the room is 3 mx 5 m, the perimeter is 16 m, respectively. The standard length of 1 fillet is 2 meters. The perimeter length (16m) should be divided by the fillet length (2m). It is learned that it is necessary to purchase 8 skirting boards. Just in case, especially if you are gluing ceiling skirting boards for the first time, it is recommended to purchase another fillet.
- Purchase of a plinth. When buying, keep in mind that the lower the ceilings, the skirting should be narrower, since wide visually makes the room lower. It is also important that it blends with the walls. If the walls are with a pattern and ornament, then a smooth plinth will fit them, but to the plain walls you can pick up fillets with a texture and a pattern. That’s just granular and pressed from large borders is difficult to paint, granules are usually visible after painting. When buying, be careful, especially make sure that you do not come across wrinkled and scratched copies. Ask them to pack them face-down in order not to accidentally damage.
- Buying glue. Before sticking the ceiling plinth, of course, you need to buy glue. Acrylic or polyvinyl acetate is suitable. Acrylic glue better fill all the bumps and gaps, is white and packaged in special tubes for the gun. But this type of glue has one drawback – it sets for a long time. Polyvinyl acetate glue is packaged in bottles (1 liter, 0.25 and 0.5 liter). It is transparent, very viscous, adheres well to the baseboard and mounting surface (concrete, wallpaper, tile, PVC, MDF panels, etc.). At home, it is better to use polyvinyl acetate glue..
If the ceiling or wall is very uneven, it is recommended to purchase additional fasteners – masking tape, various stops, sewing needles and use them to secure the baseboard until the glue dries..
It is also advisable to buy an acrylic elastic putty to putty on all the joints and crevices of the skirting boards.
Important! Do not mount baseboards on PVA and liquid nails..
Installation instructions for skirting the ceiling
You will need:
- miter box;
- hacksaw or paint knife;
- acrylic putty;
- small spatula;
- fine-grained skin;
- paint and brush (if you decide to paint the baseboard).
Consider the procedure for sticker borders in stages:
- Markup. When all the materials have been purchased, we advise you to draw a drawing on which you should indicate how the skirting boards will be located on the ceiling. To do this, take a regular notebook in a cage and draw your ceiling on a piece of paper in a scale equal to 1 m per 4 cells. Then lay the fillets along the walls, measure with a tape measure and mark the skirting boards in places where they will need to be shortened.
- Skirting the ends of the skirting boards. The answer to the question of how to cut the corners of the ceiling plinth will be the most difficult in the entire installation technology. Usually they are cut at an angle of 45 degrees, so that they can dock in the corners of the room. To do this, you will need such a device as a miter box (a special box in which there are slots for the desired angles). It can be purchased at every more or less large hardware store. This tool has several slots corresponding to a certain angle of inclination. It is necessary to place the curb in the miter box at an angle of 45 g. and gently cut it with a hacksaw, then sand the ends. If you didn’t succeed in doing this carefully, you will have to buy ready-made corner elements and stick them over the border at the joints.
- Skirting board. The fillet is cut with a hacksaw or a paint knife, the edges are cleaned after cutting.
- Determine which side to glue the baseboard. A mark is made on the wall indicating the height of the plinth. Then they take one canvas of the fillet and apply it around the perimeter of the room along the marked line, first with a wide and then with a narrow side to the ceiling in turn. So you can identify uneven places and choose the best option for sticking.
- Glue application. The adhesive composition is applied with a spatula or gun on the back side and the ends of the fillet and gently pressed against the wall and ceiling along the marked line. Spatula remove excess glue. This technology is repeated, gradually moving along the entire perimeter of the room. Then all the joints of the baseboard are sealed with acrylic putty, blending it with wet fingers.
- Skirting stain. The border is painted a day after installation. This procedure is optional, performed if desired for a better aesthetic effect. Acrylic or water based paint is suitable. Skirting boards are painted gently with a brush until wallpapering.
Note! First you should trim under 45 gr. corner, and only then fit the baseboard along the length. If you first cut the length, then for any mistake when trimming the corner, which will result in a gap when joining, the baseboard will have to be thrown out. If you do everything right and cut the corner initially, then it will be in order and you will not miss the length of the border.
How to glue the ceiling skirting: video
Summing up, we note that the answer to the question of how to glue the skirting boards to the ceiling does not belong to the category of super-complex in construction. Even a novice can handle this technology. So feel free to proceed to sticking, after carefully carefully reading all the installation recommendations.