Sealants and adhesives for kitchen cupboards

Choosing the correct sealants and adhesives for your kitchen

Quality sealants and adhesives are important when installing kitchen cupboards. Silicone comes in two applications: acid and neutral curing. Acid curing is cheaper, but can only be used on smooth surfaces. Neutral curing silicones are not easy to find and more expensive, but will stick to porous surfaces such as walls and the grout in-between tiles. Contrary to what your silicone manufacturer might tell you, silicones are not a great sealant as they must be re-applied regularly and are best seen as a finishing product.

Water eventually slips in underneath silicone and it should therefore be re-applied on a yearly basis.Silicones are available in a variety of colours ranging from clear, white to black to mention the most popular colours.

Application of sealants and adhesives

Silicone is usually used around sinks, and along joints such as between the wall and your Formica LifeSeal Worktopsand between the floor and kickplate.

To apply silicone lay down two strips of masking tape, about 3mm from the corner you are sealing. Cut the tip of the silicone nozzle at an angle, and then, using a caulking gun, apply the silicone in a even strip. Wet your finger in a dishwashing liquid and water mixture and flatten and smooth the silicone in one even go. Then pull the masking tape off to remove any excess silicone. Withstand the urge to try and smooth the silicone more by running your finger over the new silicone again.

You can use a quality wood glue, applied by brush, to protect exposed edges such as under the sink where the worktop was cut. A quality waterproofing agent will do the same job. The finish is a bit unsightly and not recommended where it is easily visible.Contact adhesive is also used to glue edging along any decorative panel products such as MelaWood or Formica tops.