When you want a fast, easy-to-use professional finish on your carpentry, FastEdge is your go-to product. FastEdge is a high-performance, ultra-bond, peel and stick PSA adhesive for edge banding. This stuff is great for carpentry, refacing and field repair. With a few easy steps, you can apply this product to wood, and we’re going to show you how.
Step 1: Choose Your Size & Texture
Ultimate Tools carries FastEdge in 50ft, 250ft and 600ft lengths. Colours and textures come in Maple, Walnut, Smooth White or Clear Maple. Select the best option for your project and then move to Step 2.
Step 2: Uncurl the FastEdge Banding
FastEdge comes in a roll and if you apply the banding before removing the curl, it will naturally want to curl away from the surface. The prevent this, straighten the banding. Place it against the edge of a table starting with the banding on the table and the curl going upwards. Holding the edge of the banding in one hand, use your opposite hand to put pressure on the banding with the edge of the table. Pull out and down in the opposite direction of the curl. See the image below for an illustration.
Ultimate Tip: To conserve FastEdge, don’t cut the banding before applying to the wood. Unroll the banding, uncurl it, peel the backing, apply it to your project and cut it in the 4th step.
Ultimate Tip: If the banding won’t uncurl, increase the angle of the tape closer to the table’s edge.
Step 3: Apply the Banding
Place your wood in a vice. Once the banding is straight, apply it to the board using your hands. This doesn’t have to be perfect since the banding will be trimmed at a later step, but don’t allow any wrinkles or bubbles. Using your hands, apply pressure to the banding.
Step 4: Trim the Ends
Using flush cut trimmers, cut each end of the banding. Get as close to the edge as possible by applying pressure with your fingers to the trimmers.
Ultimate Tip: Tilt the trimmers inward and cut on an angle to prevent sharp edges.
Step 5: Roll the Surface
Using the FastEdge SpeedRoller, roll along the surface while applying pressure. The amount of pressure used will determine how well the adhesive sticks into the pores of the wood. FastEdge comes with 5.5mm of adhesive and this thick layer of glue is what makes this stuff so effective.
The SpeedRoller comes with both steel wheels and rubber wheels. For this project, the steel wheels are recommended because there is no displacement of PSI when used. Rubber wheels can absorb some of the pressure when using the roller.
Ultimate Tip: After rolling flat along the surface, tilt the roller toward the edges to get better adhesion to each edge.
Step 6: Use a Quad Trimmer on the Edges
Now it’s time to trim the edges. Place the quad trimmer on the wood, making sure the blade sits in front of the banding and push along the edge slowly. If the grain is not straight, the trimmer can be taken apart and used separately on each edge in the direction of the wood grain. Make sure the trimmer stays parallel to the wood to get a clean cut.
Ultimate Tip: If the trimmer misses parts, use a sharpened chisel to remove any excess.
Step 7: Break the Edges
Relieve the edges with your preferred method. If you’ve never performed this before, FastCap offers an EdgeBreaker tool that makes it quick any easy.
Step 8: Remove Any Excess Adhesive
If you’re skilled at applying FastEdge, you won’t have to do this step. But if you do have excess adhesive, you can remove it with a few different methods. Using a citrus cleaner is the recommended method. A small amount on a cloth can remove the glue. Lightly wipe until the excess is gone.
If you prefer to use thinner to remove the excess, use only a small amount. The thinner contains solvents that, if soaked into the glue, can break it down. Apply only a very small amount to the cloth and lightly wipe the surface.
Now your FastEdge banding is complete. The next step is to apply stain and finishing. We’ll cover that process in our next FastEdge 101 post, but if you just can’t wait, here’s a few quick tips:
- Apply stain lightly. Stain has solvents that will break down the adhesive, so apply dry coats only to get the colour you want.
- For the same reason, apply two fog coats of finish before applying a heavy coat.