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What type of nail gun is best for baseboards?


When you add the finishing baseboard touch to your rooms, a quality finishing nail gun can save a lot of time and effort compared to hand nailing. But with so many nail gun options out there, it can be hard to determine which type is the best choice for baseboards specifically.


Air finish nailers are powered by compressed air and are designed for nailing trim and other finish work. Unlike larger framing nailers, which are designed for heavy-duty tasks and might split the delicate baseboard wood, finish nailers typically use smaller gauge nails from 15 gauge down to 18 gauge. The narrower nails leave smaller holes that are easier to fill and conceal with wood putty.


Finish nail sizes usually range from 1” to 2 1⁄2” in length. This gives you flexibility to choose the right fastener length for your baseboard thickness, and perfect for securing baseboards without causing significant damage to the wood.


Several factors make pneumatic finish nailers ideal for baseboard installation.  First, they are specifically designed for precision nailing. Finish nailers have narrow nose pieces that provide nice maneuverability and line-of-sight for accurate placement of nails. This allows you to easily nail down baseboards in tight spaces next to door jambs or inside corners. The nailers shoot fasteners in at either a straight drive or at an angle. Angled nailing gives greater holding power which is advantageous for nailing into the toe kick area.


Pneumatic finish nailers also cause less surface damage than hammer nailing. Their no-mar tips press firmly against the workpiece to prevent splintering of wood surfaces. The nail heads sit flush or just slightly below the surface, minimizing the amount of visible holes to fill. And since you don’t have to swing a hammer, there is no risk of missing the nail and marring the baseboard face. This cleaner nailing makes for a more professional looking finished product.


The nail guns operate using compressed air from an air compressor. This provides power and speed, allowing quick installation of baseboards. While you still need to use an air hose, the tools are more maneuverable than bulkier air compressors. The nailers conveniently fit in one hand during use. Having an air compressor on hand can also allow you to power other pneumatic tools like staplers or brad nailers for additional jobs.



So as mentioned earlier, finish nailers use 15 or 16 gauge nails. These nails are thick enough to securely hold the baseboard in place but thin enough to prevent splitting the wood.


Due to the smaller size of the nails, the holes left by a finish nailer are relatively small and require less filling.  This means less time spent on the finishing work after your baseboards are installed. It’s also wise to test nails in a scrap piece of baseboard first to properly adjust depth and power settings.



AEROPRO AFN64 Ga16 Air Finish Nailer is lightweight, and well balanced, 360 degree fully adjustable exhaust port directs air exhaust away from the user during use. No mar tip protects the work surface from damage.  This is particularly useful when installing baseboards in corners or tight spaces.


AEROPRO AFN64 come with tool free precise adjustable depth of drive. This allows you to control how far the nail is driven into the baseboard.  You can adjust the depth to ensure the nail heads are not protruding, giving your baseboards a cleaner finish.


Before starting your renovation, always read the AEROPRO user manual, wear protective gear. 


Model No: AFN64

Fastener Details: 25-65mm

Load Capacity: 100pcs

Operating Pressure: 80-120PSI(5.5-8.3bar)

Air inlet: 1/4''(6.35mm)

Dimension: 320x280x80mm

Weight: 1.83kg(4.07lbs)

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