Caulking provides an attractive seal to anything that may have cracks or seams, such as doors, windows, and bathroom fixtures. While it can seem like a daunting task, it is easy to loam how to caulk things if you follow a few simple steps. The key is to know how to apply it at the right angle and to use a caulking tool to make it smooth and professional. With the right tools and practice, you will have your caulking done in no time!
There are a few things that you will need for the job. First, you will need to buy the right kind of caulking for the job. Some caulks are heavy duty for roofs while others are specialized for doors, windows, or bathroom fixtures. You will also need a caulking gun, a utility knife, a caulking tool and a scraper. Paper towels are good to have, as well as a pair of gloves. Some heavier caulking is difficult to wash off your hands.
If there is old caulking where you will be working, scrape it away cleaning with a razor blade scraper. Wipe it down with an old rag and make sure you work surface is smooth and clean. If necessary, hit it a couple times with a piece of light sandpaper. If you are working with a new surface, just make sure it is clean and dry.
Where you cut your caulking tube point will depend on how thick you want your bead. Most caulking points have guidelines where you need to cut for the bead size. Just remember to cut the tip off at a 45% angle for a smooth line. After you cut the tip, use a long nail or wire to pierce the inner foil of the caulking tube. Put the tube in the caulking gun and slide the end snugly against the tube. You are ready to caulk!
Simply place the open tip of the caulking tube against the corner of the crack that you are caulking and press the handle to evenly distribute a line of caulk. Be careful as you extrude the caulking. If you get a little too much, you can wipe it away with paper towels or a clean rag. With the caulking tool, scrape the line of caulk carefully along the crack in a neat line. Repeat this step until the entire length of the crack or crevice is sealed. Be sure to let your caulking dry according to instructions on the caulking tube.