Laminate Stair Nose

Attaching Stair Nose for Golden Select Laminate Flooring

We put new laminate flooring in the bedroom.  Finished it up yesterday.  It was time to get rid of the ancient broadloom; it wasn’t so healthy anymore.  We went to Costco and purchased enough of their Golden Select for the room and the two steps leading from the bedroom to the main living area.  

Laying in the floor was pretty straight forward; it was a little tricky getting the first two or three rows lined up properly but smooth sailing after that.  When we got to the doorway... I’d never done anything like this before so it took us a little to figure it out...get it cut correctly and slide into place.

And then there were the steps.  First thought was to do without a stair nose but we didn’t think we could make it work so my wife searched the exact brand online, I ordered and it was here laminate floorin 48 hours.  Exact colour match.

I didn’t like any choices for attaching it.  Gluing was really the only option as we didn’t want nails showing and the system it came with, well, it didn’t seem that it would hold very well.  

 I thought about different glues.  Wood glues and most others weren’t fast enough and I had no way, really, to clamp it down. I’m not a woodworker so, I admit there be ways I’m unfamiliar with.  

Anyway, I decided the best bet was using Mister Glue.  I have lots and know it works and this gave me another way to show it off. I honestly didn’t know how amazingly well it would work in this situation.  

I’ve been using, selling, etc., Mister Glue for 20 years and am still sometimes stunned at how solid the bond can be.  

You can watch the video below.  Within a few short seconds of putting the two pieces together, they would not come apart for anything.  

I will outline the sequence here in case the video is not clear.  

First of all, wood that has been sitting around for a while can be incredibly dry.  I’ve done small projects with Mister Glue where I put the Accelerator on one side then applied Mister Glue to the other, put the pieces together and… nothing!  The glue had soaked completely into the wood before I could get the parts together.

So, the first thing, as this wood was incredibly dry, was to lightly mist the surfaces with water.  You don't want the wood wet; just enough so that the glue does not soak in.  If you feel you have applied too much then just let sit for a bit to soak in.

A note here about cyanoacrylates, of which Mister Glue is one: they react to surface moisture.  They can pull from the air if necessary but on materials like terra cotta or wood that is very dried out, you may need to add a bit of moisture.  

The second step is to apply the Accelerator to one side. One side only.  For this application it took several minutes.  The brush is very small.  My suggested (afterwards) pouring some into a small bowl and using a small paint brush.  There is no rush.  You want to let it be exposed to air for at least 30 seconds anyway. In this case some parts were exposed a few minutes.  Didn’t seem to be a problem at all!laminate stair nose

I applied the Accelerator to the ‘upper’ side.  The glue is runny so best to apply on the ‘bottom’.  

Apply Mister Glue to the other side.  The opposite side from where you applied the Accelerator.  I checked ahead of time to see where the contact areas were so that I only applied glue there.  No point applying the glue to areas that are not going to be touching the other side.  

Put a thin bead along each area.  You want enough that when you  press the two surfaces together they will squeeze the glue to cover the whole surface.   But you don’t want too much squeezing out.  

The tighter the fit, the better the bond!  So make sure that the two pieces fit well before applying the glue.  And make sure you know how you are going to fit the pieces together.  No second chances.  Practice first!

This stuff is way, way too fast!  

Once together, you are NOT getting it apart!

You can see how quickly it set in the video.  I start banging my hand and fist against it trying to move within a few seconds.  It didn’t budge.

This was so simple and so quick to bond.  It is incredibly solid.  This was needed because that edge is going to take a heck of a beating over the next 20-30 years or so.  

I’ve glued wood together and tried separating it after some hours and the wood generally tears.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. 

The order page has numerous options for different combinations: glue, accelerator and Uncure.