Adhesive for PVC panels in the bathroom: features of choice

Bathroom design has long since moved away from the use of traditional tiles of the same color. Today, more and more often, preference is given to PVC panels, which allow you to quickly create a unique design of the room, due to the presence of a variety of colors and textures of the material. However, in order for the repair to be not only beautiful, but also durable, it is necessary to carefully approach the issue of buying glue..

Material features

PVC panels are most often used for gluing in the bathroom, since this material is able to maintain its characteristics in rooms with high humidity, lack of ventilation and small dimensions. Their service life is up to 10 years, and the price is considered quite acceptable..

This material is realized in different forms, depending on the purpose of use. Panels can be sheet, lath or tiled.

For the design of small bathroom surfaces that do not differ in ideal geometry, the last two options are preferable..

  • Standard slatted panels range in width from 12.5 to 30 centimeters and lengths from 2.4 to 3.7 meters. They are lightweight, as a result of which they quickly “adhere” to the glue.
  • Tiled panels are sold in squares with sides ranging from 30 to 90 centimeters. They are also not heavy and quite soon begin to interact with the glue..
  • It is better to choose sheet panels to glue the walls, since one large fragment can immediately fill a significant surface area. As a result, there are practically no visible seams and joints..

For the decoration of ceilings, plastic panels in the form of slats are most often used, they are very easy to install. Tiled models are also good..

How to choose?

The correct choice of the means to be used for gluing the PVC panels ensures a long-term and uninterrupted service of the cladding. If the material is firmly connected to the walls or ceiling, then it will not only not come off, but also will not allow the appearance of gaps. A high-quality adhesive used to solve this problem must demonstrate a high ability to connect the panel to the surface to be formed..

In addition, he will have to successfully withstand temperature changes, not react to high humidity, be environmentally friendly and safe for human health.. For the installation of PVC panels, it is recommended to choose exclusively transparent adhesives. Antibacterial properties are also considered important, otherwise regular attacks by bacteria and fungus can be expected..

Finally, it is necessary to pay attention to such indicators as long service life, fast solidification, absence of unpleasant odor..

Usually, the choice of glue is based on the following indicators: drying speed, ease of application, strength of connection with the surface and convenient form of release.

  • These criteria are fully met by liquid nails recommended by many experts – construction glue based on synthetic rubber with the presence of polymers. They can be used even at low temperatures, down to minus 40 degrees, they can withstand significant loads, work with any materials and quickly solidify. In addition, their use is economical, because, thanks to the dispenser, the solution can be applied in dotted or dotted lines, in a grid or in zigzags..

Among the products of this category, there are “Liquid nails 901” (cope with fastening heavy panels; can be used both inside and outside the building) and “Liquid Nails 915” (special composition for bathrooms). It should be recalled that, in addition to numerous advantages, liquid nails also exhibit several disadvantages. They consist of chemically aggressive substances, so work with them can only be carried out under the protection of a respirator and gloves..

After gluing the panels, it is important to provide long-term ventilation in the room in order to completely eliminate the odor. Sometimes it can take two to three days..

  • In addition to liquid nails, products such as “Emficol 34012A” (durable, transparent and environmentally friendly, practically odorless and ideal for attaching plastic structures), “Moment Crystal” (in addition to the basic characteristics, it also has heat resistance, colorless and universal) and “Clayberite 636”, created on the basis of synthetic resin, which means it is safe for human health (it is inexpensive, dries quickly and fixes materials with high quality).
  • Alcohol-based substances such as Naset, Dragon and Titan. In general, the glue should be pre-tested in “combat conditions” – to attach a small piece of facing material, and after a day try to peel it off. It will become clear how well it works. It should be mentioned that in fact all manufacturers of PVC panels indicate in the instructions which glue is most suitable for the work..

Bonding technology

After the adhesive is selected, you can proceed to its direct use..

You must adhere to certain instructions, after all, if it is not possible to properly glue the panels, then it is quite possible that they will soon peel off from the wall or fungus or mold will start under them.

  • Gluing begins with preparatory work: you have to remove traces of old wallpaper or paint, remove the tiles and level the surface (putty will come to the rescue here). If bumps and irregularities remain, then the gluing will deteriorate, namely its quality. For best results, prime the walls and wait until they dry..

It is also recommended to degrease both the wall surface on which the panel will be glued and the PVC strip itself. In the event that the situation is running, and it is not possible to align the walls with the ceiling, you can make a wooden or plastic crate, and already stick PVC panels on it. It is worth mentioning that working with wood requires processing the material with a special antifungal composition..

  • It is important to bring the panels into the bathroom in advance so that they can lie in the room for about 12 hours. During this time, the material adapts to existing conditions..

  • Installation of panels on walls usually takes place as follows: it starts either from the doors or from the inner corner. First, a final element or corner is mounted, to which all other strips are attached. The first panel goes into the groove of the finish strip with a narrow shelf, and the main sheet is glued to the wall. All the following panels are connected to the previous ones, thanks to the presence of grooves.

  • If the panels are sheet, then they are simply glued starting from the doorway or from the corner. The material must first be adjusted in size to the height of the room. Panels must be cut exclusively from the front.
  • The adhesive can be applied either dotted or dotted, but it is important that it does not end up on the edges of the material. Some professionals advise leaving up to 30 centimeters between glue points. If the panel is ribbed, then glue is applied only to the protruding parts.

  • After applying the adhesive, you must wait one minute, and only then glue the strip. After the sheet is glued, it must be firmly pressed against the wall and “rolled” with a rubber roller. You can use the spacers.
  • During the first few minutes, there is still an opportunity to adjust the position of the panel.
  • There is also such a method: the panel, treated with glue, is pressed tightly against the wall, then removed from it and left for one minute, and then reconnected to the wall.

  • When the installation is complete, it is necessary to remove the remnants of the glue with a clean, damp cloth and remove the protective film from the surface of the panels. The structure will dry for 24 hours..
  • Ceiling panels are mounted either on a leveled surface or on a lathing. The second option is also recommended when spotlights are available. In the first case, a center is determined on the ceiling, to which the first tile is glued. Other panels are arranged in rows parallel to the right and left.

At the final stage of the bathroom design, the resulting seams and joints are covered with sealant, and the corners are filled with special plastic elements designed for this purpose.

For information on how to glue panels in the bathroom, see the next video..

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