Construction Adhesives

Liquid Nails® High Strength


Liquid Nails is a premium grade, solvent based, synthetic rubber multipurpose construction adhesive that delivers a consistently strong and lasting bond on most building substrates. It has a thick non-runny consistency. It is beige (light tan) in colour as applied and dry.


Liquid Nails is a high strength multi-purpose construction adhesive suitable for bonding timber, plasterboard, MDF, particleboard, masonry, concrete, tiles & ceramics, metals, plastics*, rubber and glass. It can be used as the sole means of bonding (as a contact adhesive) or as a component in a dual bonding situation, i.e. in conjunction with mechanical fasteners, or where nails or screws are used to support the weight until full cure is completed. Has been BRANZ Appraised.

Liquid Nails would typically be used for the following applications:

  • Sheet flooring to joists
  • Metal or aluminium door strips to floors or walls
  • Timber or fibre cement sheeting to cement block or brick walls
  • Masonite / hardboard to timber or floor boards
  • Wallboard or panelling to wood or metal frames
  • Cork tiles to timber, fibre cement or plaster
  • In the groove of tongue and groove flooring as it is installed to avoid later squeaking

Product Range

Product Code: 930069710683401

  • Size & Pack Type: 900g
  • Color: Beige

Product Code: 9300697106711

  • Size & Pack Type: 100g tube
  • Color: Beige

Product Code: 930069710007801

  • Size & Pack Type: 320g cartridge
  • Color: Beige

Product Code: 930069710973605

  • Size & Pack Type: 20 pack
  • Color: Beige

Technical Features

  • Meets or exceeds requirements specified by Australian Standard AS 2329-1999
  • Liquid Nails formulation delivers response flexibility so your bond stays stronger for longer. [Liquid Nails is flexible enough to respond to normal shrinkage and thermal movement between building components without loosing bond strength.]
  • Excellent resistance to water and weather makes it suitable for interior and exterior applications
  • Easy to extrude from the cartridge at low winter temperatures
  • Fast grab and rapid cure, but does not skin too quickly, thus ensuring good wetting out on to surfaces to be bonded
  • Does not roll off when applied onto wet timber, even in cold weather
  • Resistant (after full cure) to heat to 90°C and cold to –10°C. See “Application Tips” below
  • Does not drip, sag or string between panels
  • Bridges gap up to 9mm hence can be used on rough and ill-fitting construction materials
  • Dried adhesive is paintable

Application Tips

  • Should not be applied at temperatures below –5°C
  • Not recommended for tightly clamped joints; e.g. cabinet making or joinery
  • Liquid Nails Fast is preferred for styrene foam
  • Not suitable for use on mirrors
  • Bonds weaken at high temperatures (e.g. above 50°C). Avoid bonding metals or heavy materials which will be heated by direct sun, e.g. to metal roofing and siding. (Consult Selleys about particular applications subject to heating.)
  • Not suitable for bonding materials in areas which will be constantly damp or wet

Technical Details and Performance

Time for strong bond depends on nature and condition of application. In most situations** strong bond can be achieved after 24 hours and will continue to strengthen over 2-3 day period. Full cure up to 7 days.

Curing is achieved by evaporation of solvent. Time to achieve full strength is increased: at constant low temperatures; when thick applications (joints) are used; wide areas are bonded; when bonded surfaces are impervious (e.g. metals and dense timbers). When fixing sheet flooring (e.g. particle board), use in conjunction with flooring manufacturers installation specifications for minimum nailing requirements. Note: to eliminate squeaks in tongue and groove flooring, apply a bead of liquid nails into the groove of each board when installing. Approx 6m2 (2 standard sheets) of wall paneling or up to 15 metres of 5mm bead.

Indicative information only, not to be used for setting specifications.


Blend of synthetic resins and filters dispersed in low molecular weight liquid hydrocarbons


Beige coloured thixotropic paste



Shelf Life

12-18 months

Thermal Stability (When stored in cartridge)

Exceeds 7 days (Complies with all tests after storage in unopened container @ 40oC)

Sag Resistance

Not more than 6mm

Flow & Transfer

Exceeds 75% transfer after 15 minutes drying

Open Time

20 – 30 min (depending upon prevailing conditions)

Initial Bond Strength in Tensile Shear

Exceeds 200 kPa at 24 hours

Bond Strength in Tensile Shear (Dry and wet substrate)

Exceeds 1 MPa

Bond Strength in Peel

Exceeds 40N

Static Load in Shear

Exceeds 10 days sustaining a 40N load @ 40oC

After Accelerated Aging

Test assemblies meet or exceed requirements after 500 hours @ 70oC

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