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Bostik  5 Gallon Bostik's Best Adhesive

5 Gallon Bostik
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5 Gallon Bostik's Best Adhesive

Bostik's Best Adhesive is a one-part, trowel applied, moisture-cure adhesive . Once cured, its superior elastromeric properties provide a tough, flexible, tenacious bond to wood flooring.
Specially forumlated for high bond strength and flexibility with a fast cure rate.

The product is best when applied with 1 new trowel per can (accessories tab for the product you are purchasing has recommended trowel needed). Number of cans recommended is based on manufacturer installation application guidelines and square footage per can is not guaranteed.

 

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Bostik's Best Adhesive
 
4.5

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Easy to install (14)
  • Reduces noise (12)
  • Protects wood (10)
  • Improves look (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (6)
  • Difficult to install (3)

Best Uses

  • Hardwood floors (20)
  • Bamboo/cork (9)
  • Home (5)
  • Laminate floors (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (16), Professional (6), Beginner (3), Casual do-it-yourselfer (3)

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5.0

Easy to use

By SaintJulian

from GA

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Hardwood Floors

    Comments about Bostik's Best Adhesive:

    Easy to use and clean up with mineral oil. My wife and I install our wood floors with no problem using this product.

     
    5.0

    Good price would use again.

    By Bill

    from Vista Ca.

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bamboo/Cork

      Comments about Bostik's Best Adhesive:

      Installing Bamboo Flooring.

       
      5.0

      Stuck on you

      By Floored

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Adhesion
      • Easy to Clean
      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Very Very Sticky

      Best Uses

      • Hardwood Floors

      Comments about Bostik's Best Adhesive:

      Great adhesive! Not that I have anything to compare it to as this was my first adventure in flooring.

      I used it to lay 3/4" x 2-1/4" Millrun Classic Gunstock Oak over concrete. Which was a bit thicker than recommended but it worked fine. The glue holds great and allowed for plenty of time to make adjustments to the flooring before it set. Also it's made for an unbelievably solid feel in the floor. I was more than a little surprised when I first stepped on a section that had completely cured.

      As for installation, it couldn't have been easier. Laying out the wood took longer than actually gluing it down. Though I will say that you need to be mindful of where the glue is going so as not to get it all over you, your tools, your shoes, the floor... your dog.

      Even still, cleaning up mistakes was a breeze with a little mineral spirits on a rag. And as another reviewer mentioned, there's no need to thoroughly clean your trowel every day. Just scrape it off on the edge of the bucket before you set it down after each use and you'll be fine. Either way, once dried the glue has the consistency of soft rubber and can be easily scraped off or cut with a razor if necessary.

      The best piece of advice I can offer to anyone laying real hardwood is to have ratchet straps on hand for removing the gaps between boards. Most of the wood is going to have a slight warp and 3M painters tape just doesn't cut it. Also, make sure your first row is straight; if you are going to use glue for this row, and not nails as the instructions suggest, be sure to allow for an extra day before you start laying the floor so this row can permanently set. After that you can push, hammer, clamp, and strap until your heart's content. Good luck!

       
      5.0

      Great product

      By Rome

      from Salisbury, Mass

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Plywood Over Concrete

        Comments about Bostik's Best Adhesive:

        Material gave plenty of time to apply. Best to trowel it to exactly 1/4 x 1/4 v groove with minimal material on the concrete floor. Will need 1 trowel per day where it is hard to clean material for next day usage. No need to tape trowel. Just keep scraping off in bucket. Follow Bostik direction for plywood application. Kerf every 8 inches, try to use flat sheets and have weights to hold down panels that might lift in the center. Recommend wearing leather work gloves to keep hands from blisters. I completed 6, 5 gal pails, 1200 sf in 2 days. Lumber liquidators great to work with and took back pails that were not used.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        It sticks!

        By Fixing Grandma

        from Florence, MS

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Improves Look
        • Protects Wood
        • Reduces Noise

        Cons

        • Difficult To Install
        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Hardwood Floors

        Comments about Bostik's Best Adhesive:

        I'm gluing down wood to concrete. This product is like chewing gum, and I have to get up courage to continue. However, after research, this glue will do the best job. Here are some of my hints. I use a laser level in addition to marking the floor to throw a line because it will show on top of the glue (make sure everyone knows if they move it, you will be ugly). Tape the trowel except the edges with blue painter's tape so you can peel off most of the glue. I cut the skimmed part of the glue in the bucket with a knife around the edge and fold it over midway on the dry side when I start. When I stop working, I fold the skimmed part back over the remaining glue and cover it snugly with a grocery bag. That way the skimmed glue will serve to protect the glue, and there will be less loss and less mess disposing of the dried and dripping sheet of glue. As careful as I am getting "all" glue spots up, there are still some spots I miss. I just sit on my nice floor and work it with the Bostik cleaner - comes up pretty easy.
        I'm so glad I read comments. The biggest cleanup I have is at the last row I put down. Thanks to the person posting above, I will also put a strip of tape at the edge where I plan to stop and safe myself lots of work. Can't do what I used to at 68, so I have to stop and start a lot. Slow but looking professional...

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Bostik's Best Adhesive by Bostik

        By Pete

        from pensacola

        About Me Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bamboo/Cork
            • Hardwood Floors
            • Laminate Floors

            Comments about Bostik's Best Adhesive:

            Good adhesive and sealer but lots of work.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            messy, messy, messy

            By anony

            from San Diego

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Hard to avoid dropping
              • Need dispos container
              • Skins over FAST

              Best Uses

                Comments about Bostik's Best Adhesive:

                should be available in smaller (disposable) buckets. the working container becomes very messy on the sides. difficult to scoop out without drooling. can only imagine how hard to replace flooring later if necessary. Is this strength needed or would a water-based adhesive have been more than adequate

                (23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                So far so good

                By pk

                from plantation florida

                About Me Beginner

                Pros

                • Reduces Noise

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Bostik's Best Adhesive:

                    This is my first flooring project. I am installing 1500 sq feet of engineered wood. I am a mechanical engineer, and mechanically inclined in general, yet this is my first time flooring. After a quick learning curve, I find the adhesive easy to apply to floor. The onkly downside I have experienced with this adhesive is that if you only use a portion of the bucket and re-seal, you will have some loss, as some of it will cure. I have tried the manufacturer's recommendation of first placing plastic bag over bucket, then seal lid and turn upside down. This helps, but there is still loss. I recommend having enough floor prepared and time set aside to use a full bucket. Here are a few tips that I have learned, thi smay be old news to a lot of you, but for a beginner it may help:

                    1. By the bostiks glue remover cleaner. You likely get glue on you and places on floor you don't want it. The bostiks brand works great for clean up.

                    2. When you know your stopping point, mask the floor where you want the glue to stop for your last row of the day. Trowel on the glue, then peel away the tape to remove any excess glue. This will save you from cleaning it up later and prevent any excess glue issues when you start gluing the next day.

                    3. I take a stack of paper towels and cut entire stack into 4 smaller sized stacks. When you are glueing and taping into place you can use these to whipe any adhesive on your tools or floor and throw away. Then use a towel with the cleaner to clean up the residue.

                    I am about 1/2 way thru with the project. The copmpleted areas are very solid, like walking on concrete. Also, the echo from the room, even empty, is greatly recduced from that of bare concrete.

                    Hope this helps.

                    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    difficult to use but worth it big time

                    By Dr Drew

                    from McLean, VA

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Bostik's Best Adhesive:

                          Just finished laying about 200 sq ft of engineered hardwood on concrete. This was the second time I used this product. When used correctly, this adhesive delivers superb results - a floor that feels solid, will never creak, cup or feel hollow under your feet. It is rather difficult to work with though, very tacky, and is very unforgiving to errors. Here are some tips and tricks I learned over the course of my projects:
                          - make sure you have a straight and firm reference line - something for the boards to stack up against as you lay down the rows
                          - use plenty of blue painter's tape to keep the boards together - they will want to slide around and open up gaps as you go along
                          - use the right trowel, and lots of elbow grease while spreading the glue
                          - do not spread more glue than you can cover with flooring in about 30 - 45 minutes
                          - check your work every now and then for straight lines and minimal gaps - any errors will be impossible to correct after the glue is cured
                          - clean up as you go with mineral spirits - again, once cured, the glue is very hard to remove; this includes your hands and shoes as well as the boards

                          Hope this helps someone. Happy DIYing!

                          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Wear Rubber Gloves

                          By Dave

                          from IL

                          Comments about Bostik's Best Adhesive:

                          If you don't wear rubber gloves you will have 2 inches on your hands and you will be very frustrated. Glue is extremely difficult to work with if you are inexperienced. If I could do it again I would nail.

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                          • Q:

                            Have purchased engineered flooring for whole house remodel. Floor is concrete slab which will be cleaned and vacuumed prior to beginning installation. My question is this: Is there any type of liquid "sizing" or other PVA material that will insure a more uniform bond between the Bostik adhesive and the concrete? If so a name or brand, please.
                            Asked on 2/8/2014 by J.W. from San Ant, Texas

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Please call our Tech and Installation Dept. @ (800) 366-4204 for a detailed answer to your question. Thank you for your inquiry.

                              Answered on 2/10/2014 by cc-3
                          • Q:

                            can this be use to put tile on wood sub floor?
                            Asked on 1/15/2014 by rara from clinton md

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              No, this is for gluing down wood floor products only.
                              Thank you for your inquiry.

                              Answered on 1/21/2014 by cc-2
                          • Q:

                            approx square feet?
                            Asked on 12/21/2013 by shirley from mt. sidney, va

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Please call our Tech and Installation Dept. @ (800) 366-4204 for a detailed answer to your question. Thank you for your inquiry.

                              Answered on 12/23/2013 by cc-3
                          • Q:

                            Is there an STC (sound transmission) rating on Bostik's Beast adhesive.
                            Asked on 12/11/2013 by Dick from Boynton Beach, FL

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              No this product does not have a STC or IIC. Thank you for your inquiry

                              Answered on 12/12/2013 by cc-3
                          • Q:

                            I have a concrete floor with vinyl sheet on it. want to install engineered wood floor. should i take out the vinyl? people say that vinyl doesn't penetrate the moisture and cannot make the glue dry. is it true? my contractor is saying the opposite that the vinyl will protect the wood getting cupped.

                            Thanks for the help.
                            Joy4ever
                            Asked on 10/1/2013 by Joy4ever from Irvine, CA

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              For complete application information; Please go to our Website @ LumberLiquidators.com and at the bottom of the page click on Flooring 101, enter;–bostik best -- , enter, then click on the PDF to open. Thank you for your inquiry.

                              Answered on 10/2/2013 by cc-2
                          • Q:

                            I am hoping to install an engineered 3/8" oak wood, floating, locking, floor over radiant heat encased in a cement slab (first floor). I have asbestos tiles over the cement. Will "Bostick Best" do the job for laying this engineered floor over the tile and radiant heat. If Bostick Best won't do the job would you please suggest an alternative. Thank you in advance for your anticipated assistance.
























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                            Asked on 9/29/2013 by Scottish Anne from Boston, MA

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              If your doing a floating engineered floor with a locking system Bostiks Best is not needed.

                              Thank you for your inquiry

                              Answered on 9/30/2013 by cc-3
                          • Q:

                            I am installing several sets of stairs and want to use a glue to minimize squeaking. Is this the best product to use? The wood will be installed over a plywood subfloor. Thanks for your advice.
                            Asked on 9/27/2013 by none from idaho

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Yes we recommend 100% urethane adhesive.
                              Thank you for your inquiry

                              Answered on 9/27/2013 by cc-3
                          • Q:

                            is there two types of bostik adheasive one for wood floor and one for cement?
                            Asked on 9/15/2013 by TRic from encinitas ca.

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Bositks Best can be used over a wood sub floor and bostik also has an adhesive for concrete that has a moisture vapro membrane and can block up to 15lbs of moisture.

                              Thank you for your inquiry

                              Answered on 9/16/2013 by cc-3
                          • Q:

                            I have 1950's linoleum (contains asbestos) and would like to glue cork underlayment on to it. The linoleum for the most part is well glued and I'd like to use something like Bostik's Best to glue the cork to the old linoleum floor tiles. The linoleum is on concrete on ground floor. Please advise on trowel notch dimension. Thanks
                            Asked on 7/29/2013 by Thom from United States

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              I have to assume that you are going to use a glue down flooring over the glued down cork underlayment, unfortunately I cannot recommend this application due to moisture concerns and the adhesion of the tiles to the substrate. I would recommend a floating product and application.
                              Please refer to your flooring product installation instructions.

                              Answered on 7/30/2013 by cc-2
                          • Q:

                            laying 960 sq ft engineered hardwood flooring on concrete - how many 5 gallon cans of Bostik Best Adhesive should I purchase?
                            Asked on 6/24/2013 by Cookie's Den from Victoria, MN

                            1 answer

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                              A:

                              If on or below grade you will need MVP Moisture barrier first.

                              The coverage per gallon on BBA Bostik's Best will vary according to the thickness of the engineered flooring and whether or not you use a moisture barrier. For complete details type Bostik here - http://www.lumberliquidators.com/ll/flooring/Flooring101

                              Answered on 6/28/2013 by Tech & Install
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