Can I Speed Up the Adhesive Drying Time With Brick Slips

Posted by Dan Stevens on

Can I Speed Up the Adhesive Drying Time?

Installing new brick slips is an exciting prospect and naturally, you will want to finish the job as quickly as possible, as it will mean that your space will take on a completely new look. However, the process has to follow a certain set of steps and when you follow these steps, the job will be completed perfectly.

 

Installing Your Bricks

So, you have followed the steps to install your brick slips and you have applied them to the wall using your adhesive. You have checked that everything lines up and then you begin to clear everything away. The only thing is, you know that the job is not complete until your brick slips have dried completely. Any touches or knocks could result in them being pushed out of line, essentially ruining your hard work and also meaning that you’d have to go back to the drawing board. As a result, you think that you can speed up the drying process but it is not as simple as that.

 

Speeding Up the Drying Process

You might think that adhesive is like paint and with some heat, it will dry quickly and it will but there are some issues with this. If you turn up the heating and close all the doors, the room is going to heat up so it is toasty and warm. Another option you might think about doing is placing a heater in the room and turning the temperature up to high.

These both sound like excellent ideas and on paper, they are. They’ll certainly speed up the drying process but your adhesive and your brick slips won’t thank you for it. This is because the additional heat will cause the adhesive to dry out too quickly and that will mean that any moisture that helps it to set will be removed.

 

What About Natural Ventilation

It might also be attempting to open windows to let in the air to help it dry naturally. Good ventilation is vital and that can help it to speed up but it is not as simple as that. If the air is too cold and moist then it could result in the adhesive becoming too wet and that means that it won’t set correctly. This will result in the brick slips failing or the adhesive taking longer to dry.

Natural ventilation is good to some extent but opening all doors and windows won’t work. Open a small window and door and let the air move around and use your heating as you usually would but the aim is to make sure that you don’t overheat the space or make it too cold.

The adhesive needs the correct environment in order to dry correctly and that’s really important for the perfect finish. So, avoid the temptation to speed up the drying process as that will undo your hard work. Allow you brick slips to dry naturally and you will eventually get a solid finish that will last and last.