How to attach trim to a traveler ceiling?


We tried using an electric brad gun but as you can see it's a mess. They won't penetrate all the way and they do occasionally split the wood. My husband wants to use screws and I say NO . The trim doesn't have a flat surface, it has 2 humps . I really like this trim . But if we have to change it for something flat i won't die. I'll just moan for a while . Please help

q attatch trim to traveler ceiling

You can see the brads stickout

q attatch trim to traveler ceiling

You can see in this shot that it doesn't pull it up tight to the ceiling either

  10 answers
  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Apr 02, 2019

    Could you use a strong glue like construction adhesive? Apply glue, tape in place, remove tape once dry.

  • J J on Apr 02, 2019

    Try gorilla glue

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Apr 02, 2019

    I would use a glue recommended by the manufacturer. It will probably be a construction adhesive like liquid nails.

  • William William on Apr 02, 2019

    Your trying to nail through metal. You would need to glue it in place. Use Locktite Powergrab and blue or green painters tape to hold while the adhesive dries. If you use screws of the wrong length you can accidentally screw right through the trailer skin.

  • Stephen Justin Stephen Justin on Apr 03, 2019

    Drill pilot holes for nails.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Apr 03, 2019

    The trim won't ever stay flat to the ceiling since it isn't flat, you will always have those little gaps. I would use glue to put it up as was suggested earlier. You don't want to harm the integrity of the trailer ceiling, you never know what is above it. If you have to have it look flat to the ceiling, you could always go with silicone to close up the gaps, but that would show just as much as the gaps would have.

  • George George on Apr 03, 2019

    Best is to use a water based glue paste with gap filling properties. There are a number of products suitable for moldings. You can keep the trim in place with strips of mounting tape to allow the glue to dry.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Apr 03, 2019

    After gluing and drying, paint over all the trim in a glossy white latex. That should cover all the brad holes and splits. Use a wood filler or silicone caulk if you want the trim to look smoother, but the trim is not flat to begin with. Use a contrasting trim color for a big change, but your choice of ceiling tile and trim hints you are more traditional. Happy Spring!

  • Dee Dee on Apr 05, 2019

    Loctitle power grab is the way to go. I have glued crown molding years ago and it has never moved. Use blue painters tape to hold it up while drying. If you do not want to take that trim down, take the brads out and fill the holes with spackle or caulk.

  • Marylou Wood Marylou Wood on Apr 15, 2019

    Sounds perfect

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