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Adhesive for plasterboard: Easy does it

While the invention of plasterboard has already made putting up walls much easier, with adhesive for plasterboard this task can be completed in even less time than before.

Why use glue for plasterboard?

You may wonder why we would recommend using adhesive for plasterboard? The answer is quite simple: because it makes the process of putting it up even faster! Yes, plasterboard in itself is already a quicker alternative to traditional lath and plaster, enabling you to cover a large space of wall or ceiling with just a single sheet, and once up, it’s ready to paint in a day or two, rather than a week.

However, by gluing plasterboard to wall, the whole job can be streamlined and made much easier. There’s no need to hammer in nails or screw in screws, nor will you have to mix traditional dot and dab plasterboard adhesive together with water in a bucket and then use the rather messy method of applying it with a board and trowel. Virtually all that’s required is the adhesive cylinder and a sealing gun.

How to achieve the best fixing for plasterboard

  1. Measure. Measure the walls you are looking to cover and mark out where you will need to cut your plasterboard to fit. Use as many whole sheets as possible to minimise cutting and waste of plasterboard.
  2. Cut. When cutting, make sure every panel is around 15mm short of wall height, in order to give your plasterboard enough clearance to allow for floor expansion behind the skirting boards.
  3. Prepare. Cut the tip off the adhesive cylinder’s nozzle at a 45-degree angle to create an aperture of around 10mm. Insert the cartridge into a caulk gun.
  4. For stud wall: squeezing the caulk gun trigger carefully but firmly, apply a bead of adhesive along the centre of the horizontal and vertical studs that the panel of plasterboard will cover. Place the panel against this section of the stud wall, raise it up until it is flush against the ceiling and use an offcut of plasterboard (around 15mm in width) at the base of the panel to wedge it in place until the adhesive has set.
  5. For brick/concrete wall: to glue plasterboard to brick wall, apply the adhesive to the rear of the panel, in wavy vertical lines that start and finish around 30mm from the top and bottom, as well as the sides. Keep a gap of around 100mm between each line of adhesive. Place the panel against this section of the stud wall, raise it up until it is flush against the ceiling and use an offcut of plasterboard (around 15mm in width) at the base of the panel to wedge it in place until the adhesive has set.

Choosing the best adhesive for plasterboard

    As its name suggests, UniBond’s No More Nails Original is ideal for heavy-duty adhesion for DIY jobs and eliminates the need for mounting with nails or screws. Specially designed for interior use, its water-based copolymer technology guarantees extra-strength and a professional finish. No More Nails Original is suitable for most common building materials, including plaster, wood, ceramic, metal, concrete, brick, stone and most plastics.

Utilising Henkel’s patented Flextec technology, which combines flexible polymer chains developed to resist shocks, extreme temperatures and outperform in elastic operations, UniBond One For All Super Grab is also suitable for use with many bonding jobs on most common household materials, indoors and outdoors. With high bond strength and high initial grab, it works with plaster, wood, brick, ceramic, concrete, tile, stone, metal, plaster, glass and mirrors.