Usually, caulking is a simple job that most DIYers can handle on their own. Whether you’re replacing some old caulk or cleaning up after some repairs, it is important to get a quality seal on whatever it is that you need to join. Make sure to keep these tips in mind as you’re caulking so that your results are what you hope for.
Beginner’s Guide to Caulk
There are different types of caulk meant for various purposes. The type of caulk you use will vary depending on the materials you need to get a seal on. When looking at tubes of caulk in the hardware store, you will see the tubes labeled either polyurethane, elastomeric, latex, or silicone.
Polyurethane is best when caulking a window or door. It is flexible, paints well, and cleans easily.
Elastomeric caulk will usually only be used outside. It’s made to be durable in harsh conditions.
Latex caulk will help you get a smooth surface for painting on interior moldings and trim.
Silicone caulk is best in the bathroom and the kitchen. Silicone is waterproof and easy to replace.
The Best Caulking Gun
The most user-friendly caulking guns have a few key features that don’t appear on every option. When buying a caulking gun, look out for one that has ratchet action and a hook at the back for better control. A gun with a cradle will hold the tube firmly in place. Also, make sure that the tube poker is long enough for your tubes of caulk. The name of the game here is control; you want a caulking gun that will allow you to keep a handle on your technique.
Minding the Gap
Speaking of technique, the way that you go about placing your bead of caulk should be as precise as possible. As you mend the gap between surfaces, you need to be pushing the material into the void. It may seem like dragging the tip of the tube down the length of the gap is a quick and easy way to get things done, but it’s not effective at all. Just make sure not to overfill one spot as you work your way along the crack to get the job done.
If you do a good enough job, then you won’t have to worry about a big mess in the first place. Caulk can get a little messy, though. A simple cleaning hack is to line either side of the joint with painter’s tape before beginning. Go on with the caulking job as normal, finishing with a damp finger to smooth out the application, then immediately peel up the tape for flawless lines.
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