How to Use Liquid Nail Resin


Liquid nail resin is an adhesive product that is used in home crafts and repairs on construction projects. It can be used as a "nail" in areas where you don't want to have a nail hole--perfect for finishing trim on detail wood work. It is also used in conjunction with real nails to help create a stronger seal and structure--especially at the joints. Liquid nail resin is an easy to use waterproof product that creates a strong bond that lasts.

Things You'll Need

  • Damp cloths
  • Size and cut the materials to assemble. For example, if you are making a frame, measure and cut the strips to the proper size and lay all pieces together making sure they fit.

  • Clean the surface area with a damp cloth to remove dust and dirt. It is wise to lay butcher paper or newspapers down where you are working if you are concerned with liquid nail getting on the table or other furniture surfaces.

  • Apply a layer of liquid nail along one of the surface sides you will be joining. The larger the piece is, the more resin you need. A layer 1/8 inch thick is suitable for most small projects, but a thicker layer should be used for larger connections.

  • Assemble the pieces, firmly pressing them together.

  • Wipe away any liquid nail resin that oozes from the joint immediately before it dries with a clean damp towel.

  • Hold or clamp the item together until it dries. While the resin will become tacky fairly quickly, you want to allow 24 hours for it to set properly.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are nailing the joint as well as using liquid nail resin, apply the resin and assemble the pieces, allowing the resin to become tacky over a few minutes. Nail the joint before it completely dries.

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