Tips for DIY Caulking
Caulk is used to seal trim around windows, crown molding, and base as a cosmetic filler. It is also used as a sealant around tubs and bathroom tiles.
Caulking is a simple job, and can be done by most homeowners. The trick is not to apply too much and make sure the final outcome around the entire project is consistent.
Caulking tools you will need to do it yourself:
- Tube of Caulk
- A razor blade
- A caulk gun
- A wet wipe rag
- Painters 5-in-1 blade
- Remove the old caulk
For a remodel project, you will need to remove the old caulk first by taking the 5-in-1 and using the edge of the blade, get under the caulk and pull it out.
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To replace caulk, install a tube of caulk into a caulk gun by placing the tube in the gun, and then cranking the ratchet on the handle until it is taught. This action creates pressure, pushing the caulk to the end of the tip. Once installed, and ratcheted, take a razor blade and cut the nozzle of the tube at a 45 degree angle. This helps direct the caulk into the opening that you intend to fill.
Start in the corner with the caulk gun at a 90 degree angle and gently squeeze the handle on the caulk gun until there is a small bit of caulk at the tip. Immediately drop the angle to 45 degrees, while slowly pressing the handle, and pull the gun back, to the side, as you ride the edge you want to fill with the caulk gun, laying a thin line of caulk.
Go as far as your arm will allow you to go, and then stop squeezing and pull the caulk gun back. Go back to where you started laying in the caulk, and wipe the line you just put down with your finger, taking care to press firmly and wipe clean, any excess caulk.
Do the next section by laying the gun about ½ an inch where you last left off, and do another 3′ section, carefully making sure the previous line and the new area is blended. To press the caulk into the holes in the corner, use a 5-in-1 painter’s blade, making sure both sides are sides of the corner are even and the amount of caulk, symmetrical Wipe away any excess caulk with your fingers, constantly wetting them on a moist, clean rag.
New caulk splitting
It is common for new building structures to move a bit as they settle. If you find an area that after caulking, has split again, just re-caulk. No need to pull out the recently laid down caulk, just press in areas to fill in the gaps and make sure the end product looks consistent.
If you trying to close a gap that is greater than 1/4#, consider using spackle or plaster of Paris, instead.