Glue for Interior Home Moldings

Liquid Nails Paneling is my favorite. Look how smooth the bead comes out.

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Ken’s Golden Molding Installation Rule Says:

Glue every single contact surface when installing moldings; molding to wall; molding to ceiling; molding to molding; miter to miter; scarf joint to scarf joint; cope joint to cope joint.

These are the three common Liquid Nails products you’ll run into at most any hardware or paint store.  I tend not to discriminate between the products, they all work great, but my preference is for the Paneling adhesive because it is the most consistently uniform product I’ve used.  It is especially good for gluing small pieces of molding together.

The beefs I have with their “Heavy Duty” and “Wood” products are:

  1. Viscosity Inconsistent — the glue in some tubes is dry like paste while other tubes are wet and squirt out so easily that they are hard to control.
  2. Over-Pressurized — Some tubes keep on squirting glue long after you’ve released the pressure from the applicator gun’s plunger.  This causes a lot of waste.

I know there are formula differences between their products, but I’m talking about these inconsistencies within the same product line.

If anyone has some kind of trick to keep the glue from continuing to squirt, let us know what it is in the comment section below.

Crown Molding Glue

Half of this tube of glue ended up wasted because the glue would just not stop flowing.

The tube of Liquid Nails in the above photo I used just the other day while installing our kitchen crown molding.   It was a shame to watch so much of the glue just pour uncontrollably onto the rag I had to keep below the nozzle.  For the rest of Our Molding Makeover, I’ll make sure I buy only the Paneling adhesive.

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