Caulking Tips

by Caulk King
(California)


Caulking tips for you. My name is the Caulk King and your going to learn today how to caulk the right way with these tips.


Step 1: Pick a nice warm day. The ideal temperature for caulking is between 500 and 80 F. Wear grubby work clothes. Caulk doesn't come out of clothing well.

Step 2: Scrape out old caulk from the joint with a scraper. Brush dirt away with an old paint brush. Wipe the joint with a wet cloth and allow it to dry.

Step 3: Cut the tip of the nozzle To a 45-degree angle with a utility knife. The nozzles are marked with several lines showing different-size openings. The size of the opening dictates the size of the bead. Choose the smallest mark. It's always easier to go slow to fill a gap, rather than having caulk coming out all over everything. A wire coat hanger cut with a pair of pliers, will go through the tip and break the seal at the end of the tube. Better caulk guns come with a seal pierces. Wait I have more Caulking tips. Better than those.

Step 4: Load the caulk gun by pulling the plunger rod, which is above the pistol grip, all the way back. Insert the cartridge into the gun so the cartridge nozzle faces out the front like the barrel of a gun. On one type of caulk gun, the plunger rod is engaged by turning it until the notched side faces down. The better caulk guns don't need to have the rods turned. Gently pull the trigger until you feel resistance.

Step 5: Place the caulk tube nozzle in the joint, and gently squeeze the trigger while pushing the tube away from you to fill the gap. Squeezing the trigger gently allows you to work at your own pace. If a gap appears in the bead of caulk, simply go back to where the gap began and continue. When you reach the end of the crack or joint, release pressure on the tube by releasing the plunger rod to stop the caulk from coming out.

Step 6: After creating a bead of caulk, complete the joint by smoothing it with your index finger. Wet your finger with water and run your wet finger over the joint. This should neaten the caulk line and gently push the caulk further into the gap.

Step 7: From more than a few feet away, no one will notice even a poor caulk bead. But near the front door, garage door and other very noticeable places, it's best to use masking tape to determine the edges of the caulk bead. Put pieces of masking tape on each side. Apply the bead of caulk and smooth as before. Some will go on to the masking tape. Then, right away, remove the masking tape and using a clean wet finger, smooth the bead one last time

Step 8: Clean up any excess caulk

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