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 What is Finishing Nail?

What is Finishing Nail?

1. What is finishing nail?

The Finishing Nail is also known as Brad Nail or Finish Nail. This Finish Nail is featured by a small head, a smooth shank, and diamond shape point. Compared with Common Nail, the Finishing Nail is featured with a smaller head and is lighter than the common nail.

Lituo offers different sizes of Finishing Nails. In terms of its material, we offer polished Finishing Nails of carbon steel or Finishing Nails with electro-galvanized plating or hot-dipped galvanized plating. The hot-dipped galvanized plating offers better corrosion resistance.

common nail vs finish nail

2. What is the difference between a common nail and a finishing nail?

As we mentioned before, the biggest difference between the finishing nail and the common nail is the head type: the finish nail is featured by a smaller head that is easy to cover up in the fastening work. Thus this brad nail is easy to cover up and offers a better aesthetic effect. Besides the finishing nail is thicker than the common nail

Finish nails are most often used to fasten exterior insulation boards.


3. What is the finish nail used for?


As the head of the finishing nail is small, this can be either driven flush to the workpiece or countersunk-driven below the surface with tools to conceal them from view. Thus this Brad Nail only leaves a small hole that can be filled in with putty and painted over for a smooth finish and invisible nail or nail hole.

In summary, the finish nail is appropriate for “final touches” such as moulding or trim. More specifically, the applications are the following:

Baseboard fastening:  molding is the wood trim that runs along the bottom of interior walls. This trim decoratively fills in the area where the wall and floor meet. Baseboard moldings are available in a wide variety of woods and styles.

finish nail baseboard

Window and Door Casing: What is casing? Quite simply, it’s a moulding profile that frames (or trims) a door or window. The casing is functional as well as decorative. The main purpose of casing is to surround all doors and windows, covering any space or gap left between the drywall and frame.

brad nail casing

Chair Rail: Chair rail is a trim usually made from wood and horizontally attached to a wall, wrapping around the entire perimeter of a room. It can be either painted or stained and finished. Typically, the chair rail is between 2 – 3 inches thick, measured from top to bottom, making it one of the skinnier types of moulding.

Stair Treads and Risers: When installing tread and risers for stairs, a 16 or 18 gauge Brad Nail will get the job done and the nail hole is barely noticeable.

finish nail stair tread



4. How to choose the finishing nail?

finishing nails


Basically, there are two principal parameters for the nail measurement: the length and the gauge.

The strength of the nail mainly depends on the gauge.

The Finishing nails are generally made of 15-16gauge steel wire and the most common types are 18G and 16G. The higher the number, the thinner the nail and the smaller the hole is.

Particularly, the 16G Brad Nail is the most commonly used for a variety of tasks including interior trim, baseboard, and crown or stairs construction.

Lituo offers clout nails in different sizes.  For more information, please click: https://www.tjlituo.com/product/clout-nail/