It seems architrave has been in short supply over the last couple of months due to the lockdown. With many businesses still closed or operating at reduced capacity we have noticed an increase in demand for architrave from our online customers as we have still been able to supply architrave, keeping up with the demand.
Using a uPVC architrave to seal over and cover ugly the gaps around windows or doors is an easy way to tidy them up, with just a small saw, a tube of acrylic sealer and an applicator gun, you can have a great end result, as pictured below:
Our Upvc Spares 4 Repairs team produced some advice for fitting architrave which I have included below.
To start with, if you clean off the old debris and scrape the surface back to create a flat area to receive the uPVC cover trim is the first thing to do. Brush off and vac the debris.
Starting with the top trim, then the base trim and finally the sides, cut all the trims to size first, and then lay each one flat on a worktop or similar (use a dust sheet to protect the surface), then carefully apply the acrylic sealer to the back of the trim, one at a time, keeping the sealer slightly back from the edge which will be seen, do this to avoid the sealer squeezing out from behind the trim when you place it onto the area you are working on.
As you start to fit the trims, in the order you cut them, take a strip of Sellotape, ready to apply it once the top trim is in place (you may need an extra pair of hands for this) this will prevent the trim from coming away, once it is fitted.
Apply all trims in the same order that you cut them, and once they are all in place, leave them to set overnight. The following day you can apply the final coat of either silicone or acrylic seal (depending on which environment you are working in, by cutting the nozzle of the sealer tube to a fine size (no more than 4-mm diameter, and apply the sealer to both the lead edge and also the joint against the item that the trim abuts up to.
If you are not too confident with the sealer gun for this application, we suggest that you could apply a mastic tape to the wall or tiles etc. to give you a line to work to. Once the sealer has been applied and you have smoothed it off with either a plastic tool or your finger, then you should remove the tape immediately, and perhaps re-smooth the edges once more.
Here are a useful list of products with might require below:
Hopefully all our customers are staying safe and have been able to keep busy during these strange times.