Caulking is a maintenance job of filling gaps between trims and walls. Using the proper materials and techniques will give you professional results every time.
We will tackle the techniques and factors that you need to consider when preparing for a caulking project.
Select the Right Caulk for the Job
There are a number of different caulks, but it’s best to use Sliconized acrylic caulk and elasomeric caulk. It’s fast drying, and can be painted. You only need warm water to clean it up. Just the same, carefully read the instruction on the package.
Choose the Proper Caulking Gun
It is important to use the right caulking gun or dispensing tool for the job to make the project easier and enjoyable. You would want a caulking gun that would provide you the most control over the caulk flow. Do not skimp on quality.
How to Use a Caulking Gun
It is very easy to use a caulking gun. Where to cut the tip of the plastic depends on the size of the bead that you want to come out of the opening. Use a cutter or razor knife to cut the plastic tip.
While getting use to the caulking gun, use the smallest opening possible so you’ll have more control over the caulk and also to avoid creating a mess. Use 1/8-inch hole for starters. Check if there is a foil seal in the tube, you can use a wire or nail to puncture the seal.
With the tip flat against the crack or gap, hold the gun and pull it towards you in direction.
As much as possible, use a fluid motion in filling a gap or crack while applying just enough pressure on the trigger of the caulking gun. If you find it difficult to apply caulk in one single motion, try to do it repeatedly applying the smallest pressure to the trigger making sure you are laying down uniform size of beads of caulk.
Press your finger against the beads of caulk laid out to smooth the sealant into the crack. You can also use a damp rag wrapped around your finger, a technique called ‘tooling’.
When using a rag in smoothing the caulk, make sure you have a pail with clean and warm water where you can rinse the rag.
If too much caulk was applied, remove the excess when smoothing the sealant over the crack. Be careful that the caulk will not dry else you will find it hard to smoothen it over the gap.
Keep practicing and you will surely get the hang of applying caulk in no time.
Below is a great video that can walk you through.