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Alternative Ways of Installing Cabinet Trims to Keep Your Cabinets Pretty

One of the most prominent features of your home are your cabinets, and their primary adornments come in the form of trims. Practically every room in your house has a cabinet or two and a good way of keeping the look of your cabinets attractive without having to totally remodel them is by changing the trims once in a while.

However, the usual means of installing cabinet trims – fastening by drilling them to the closet, makes your options to modify cabinets rather limited, an alternative way of installing cabinet trims is called for.

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Cabinet trims are usually nailed or screwed to the cabinets, making it hard to change them without leaving behind unsightly holes. You can use trims of that can be attached in similar ways as your old ones, but what’s that would not really change the look of your cabinetry. Eliminating the need to drill holes could greatly help you change your cabinet trims as often as you would want without leaving a trace.

Here are some tips of installing cabinet trims without having to make the usual holes:

1. Try gluing the cabinet trims using Hot Melt Polyurethane – while this may be an expensive substance to use, it fairly does well for most trim fastening jobs. Hot Melt is advisable to be used together with PL Premium Construction Adhesive’s PL200. You can also use yellow glue or miter bond for joints.

When using these, be sure to brace or jiffy the poles using generous amounts of masking tape and fiber tape. The important thing is that you clamp the trim in place while the adhesives are still drying, the more secure, the better. This works with most trims from crowns, doors, archways base and shoes, wainscoting, and even chairs.

2. You can make small holes using Senco Micro Pinner. In this method you would still be drilling holes, but they are quite tiny that when you have to fill them, you the trace would be invisible to the naked eye. After all, it is not called micro for nothing.

Senco Micro Pinner is used together with glue when you have an open-grain wood for your cabinets. It is not good for use with closed grained woods, however.

3. While masking tape can indeed secure the trims in place as the glue dries, some people find it sacrilegious to use them on cabinets with delicate finishing as they may easily pull off some of the coating. Instead of using tape, you may use kickers to secure the trims while you wait for the adhesive to dry. That way, you are sure that you would not scratch or scrape the surface of you cabinets.

4. It is always advisable to base the trim fastening technique on the type of trims you are going to attach. A good general adhesive for miters is Titebond II. When used with the Titebond Hi-Performer Glue Gun, trims can be attached quite strongly to the cabinets.

The downside with this glue is that it can be so difficult to use because of its great viscosity, but once it hardens it is very strong. You can help make your job easier using some little slivers of 3M Double Sided self-adhesive tape which helps hold the trims while the glue hardens.

5. As much as possible, install the trims before you assemble the cabinets. This way, it would be easier to keep the trims secure because they would not be just hanging on the cabinets.

6. You may also use polyurethane glue guns. They work wonders for installing trims without drilling holes.

7. When using tape to clamp the trims, use green masking tape that releases easier than normal tape. They are generally gentler and would not usually damage even fresh lacquer finishes. Do not fret when you do damage the finishing a little bit as you attach the trims, minor coating damages do happen even with traditional means of fastening trims, so be ready to touch up.

You would normally have a difficult time using alternative ways of fastening cabinet trims for the first time. But with some practice, doing so would be second nature. Soon, you would realize the great advantage of using these techniques over the usual ways of attaching cabinet trims.

These ways can help you attach neat trimming with the option of changing them as much as you want.

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