With Santa Luzia's skirting boards in hand, it is common that some doubts arise in the handling and application of the products. There's nothing wrong with this – having doubts is absolutely normal, and solving them is always the best way to guarantee a perfect finish to ambients. First of all, it is important to emphasize that Santa Luzia does not work or offer product installation services, in other words, the choice of the professional installer is made by the consumer.
After defining the service provider, pay attention to cutting the skirting boards. The best choice is the 250mm or 300mm mitre saw. This model is capable of cutting all our skriting boards between widths of 3 cm up to 25 cm. Although compatible with blades with a smaller number of teeth, we recommend using the one with 96 teeth (the same one used to cut wood). To prevent the mouldings from melting when cutting them, remember that the cut cannot be performed too slowly and that the saw must be properly sharpened. The saw heats up from the friction between the saw and the skirting board, which will consequently melt the location that was cut. Below is a photo that shows the other accessories needed to facilitate installation.
Like cutting, painting is a very important and sensitive point with skirting boards. Some Santa Luzia lines and collections arrive on the market with finishes that do not require painting – the case of the Black, Metallic, Natural, Wood, Oxi, lines Inova Uber and Colors collections. The other collections and lines, such as Inova, Refit Wall, Classic and Modern, are products painted in white from factory and can be painted. White painted skirting boards, wall covings, architraves and decorative mouldings do not need to be sanded when customizing with solvent-based paints. When preferring to use water-based paints, it is suggested to lightly sand (Sandpaper 800) beforehand to matte only the gloss of the products to promote better adhesion between the product and the water-based paint. We recommend the use of solvent-based paints such as PU, enamel, acrylic, automotive and primer. This will ensure greater resistance and durability to the surface of the products.
The recommended installation for skirting boards, wall covings, decorative mouldings and architraves is fixing them with Santa Luzia super adhesive. T-brackets or Santa Luzia double-sided tape every 40 cm to help fix the pieces until the adhesive dries completely. The glue must be distributed in two parallel lines from the beginning to the end of the moulding piece, contemplating the upper and lower part of the bar.
To finish the seams, we recommend the use of Santa Luzia Premium Caulk. If appropriate colors are not available from the reseller where you purchased your skirting boards, we suggest white water-based silicone or acrylic caulk. Avoid the yellowing of white silicone by painting the caulk along with skirting boards. For an even more delicate finish. We also offer center , top , outer and inner corner terminals to hide cuts and splices. Learn more about them here .
The technical advantages of using the Santa Luzia skirting boards are many. Cleaning, for example, is quite simple using a damp cloth and neutral detergent. The raw material is manufactured from recyclable waste such as Styrofoam® (EPS) and Plastic (PS), thus being sustainable. The product is resistant to corrosion and immune to pests, a considerable advantage over wood or MDF models. In addition, its durability exceeds 100 years and it's mold and water/ humidity proof.
Below are the installation videos for masonry walls and other surfaces.
See the most frequently asked questions that customers ask us:
1- Does Santa Luzia have employed, accredited or authorized installers?
R) No. Santa Luzia does not have employed, accredited or authorized installers. The choice of the professional is made by the consumer.
2- The installer said he is authorized/accredited by Santa Luzia. Does this information proceed? What should I do?
R) Santa Luzia does not have an employed, accredited and/or authorized installer.
3- Which saw is indicated to cut Santa Luzia's skirting boards
A) The best option is the 300mm electric mitre saw. With it, it's possible to cut all our skirting boards between widths of 3cm up to 20cm.
4- When cutting, the skirting boards melt around the cut. Why?
A) This could be for two reasons: either because the cut was performed too slowly or because the saw was not sharpened properly. Our skirting boards must be cut quickly and accurately. The friction time of the blade with the product must be as short as possible and the saw must be well sharpened.
5- What is the ideal blade to cut the skirting board?
R) We indicate the same blade used to cut wood, with 96 teeth, which allows greater durability in sharpening. Blades with a smaller number of teeth can also be used.
6- Can I use a manual saw such as a hand saw?
A) We do not recommend the use manual saws. That's because our skirting boards must be cut quickly. We recommend using a machine with a fixed base, which allows for more assertiveness and speed – and, therefore, capable of guaranteeing a better finish and safety.
7- Do I need to paint the skirting board?
A) Before anything else, it is important to check which line or collection you purchased your skirting board from. Consult the product manufacturer. Some lines of Santa Luzia skirting boards arrive on the market with special finishes. This is the case of the Black, Metallic, Natural, Wood, Oxi, Colors and Inova Uber Collections, are not recommended to be painted. However, the skirting boards from the other lines and collections, such as Inova Collection, Overlapping Line, Classic Line and Modern Line, are products painted white from factory and can be painted by you if needed or desired. If you prefer to leave the skirting boards with the final factory finish, no problem. Learn more about painting skirting boards here.
8- Does Santa Luzia's white skirting boards need to be sanded before painting?
A) It depends! Painted skirting boards, wall covings, arhitraves and decorative mouldings do not need to be sanded if the customer wants to customize them with solvent-based paint. However, if you prefer water-based paint, we recommend a pre-sanded (Sandpaper 800) to matte the shine of the product.
9- What are the suggested types of paint to apply on skirting boards and arhitraves?
R) We recommend the use of solvent-based paints, as they have greater resistance and durability on the surface of products, such as PU, Enamel, Acrylic, Automotive and Primer paints. However, the product accepts water-based enamel paint.
10- How should I clean the skirting board?
R) Cleaning must be done with a damp cloth and neutral detergent.
11- My installer left an excess of Santa Luzia Super Adhesive or Santa Luzia Glue and did not remove it right away. The product has dried. What can I do?
R) Ideally, it should be cleaned right after application. If this is not done, you can try to eliminate the excesses with sandpaper, being careful not to damage the skirting board's underpainting.
12- Which putty can be used to finish the seams?
A) In addition to Santa Luzia's Premium Caulk, you can use white water-based silicone. If using white water-based silicone, paint the it along with the baseboards to prevent yellowing.
13- My skirting board is cracking on the seams. What could be the reason?
R) Climatic factors, especially thermal changes, can cause skirting board expansion or contraction. Another factor may be the project as a whole, which may change over time. If this happens, the solution would be to re-caulk the seams.
14- What is the recommended installation method for Santa Luzia's skirting boards, wall coving, decorative mouldings and architraves?
R) We recommend that the installation is done with Santa Luzia Super Adhesive and Santa Luzia T Brackets or double sided tape at every 40 cm. Two lines of glue are needed from the beginning to the end of the bar, one at the top and one at the bottom of the bar.
15- Can I use other types of installation?
R) The factory's recommendation is that the process be carried out according to the manufacturer's installation manual. However, our products accept the application of clamp, nail, glue, 100% pure silicone, contact glue, screws, among other fastening elements. See Santa Luzia's warranty terms before installing your product outside the factory recommendations.
16- What is the recommended glue for installation?
R) We recommend the Santa Luzia Super adhesive and glue. If you can't find it in your city, we suggest PL500, PL600 and 100% pure silicone. Some of these glues are water-based and cannot be used on glass, damp surfaces, ceramic coverings or walls that do not absorb water.
17- Can the skirting board be installed only with the T bushing or the Santa Luzia double-sided tape?
A) No. The function of the bracket and double-sided tape is to fix the skirting board until the glue dries completely. Over time, the skirting board without Glue or Santa Luzia Super Adhesive may come off the wall.
18- Can it be installed with only Santa Luzia glue or Santa Luzia Super Adhesive?
R) Yes. As long as there are no imperfections on the wall as well as irregularities that could cause the profile to detach before and after the glue cures. If the fixation bush is not used, it is recommended to use a shield to press the profile during the drying of the Santa Luzia glue. Howere, we suggested the use of Santa Luzia's double-sided tape to ensure perfection.
19- When can I use plinth blocks and rosettes?
R) Plinth blocks and rosettes are often used when the skirting board is larger than the architrave, or when the profiles used are of different thicknesses. But there is no rule for this. You can use it whenever you want.
20- What is the recommended procedure for installation on drywall and plasterboard type walls?
R) On plasterboard and drywall walls, it is recommended to use Santa Luzia double-sided tape and super adhesive. In these cases, do not apply “T” brackets .
21- What is the recommended procedure for installation on laminated and glass walls?
R) On laminated or glass walls it is recommended to use Santa Luzia double-sided tape and super adhesive. The “T” brackets should not be applied.
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