Caulking is a flexible compound designed to seal out water and is most commonly found around sinks, counter-tops, bathtubs. It seals the area so that water can’t seep in behind and rot out the wallboard behind.
It’s a good idea to periodically inspect your kitchen and bathrooms to make sure these areas are properly sealed.
If you discover a crack in your existing caulk or an area that hasn’t been caulked in the first place here are the steps to rectify the situation and get a professional looking result:
- Painter’s tape (typically green coloured)
- Caulking gun
- X-acto knife
- Putty knife
- Goof off
Step 1 – remove the old caulking
If there is old and cracked caulk it’s best to remove as much as possible. I generally will cut it out with an x-acto knife
Step 2 – clean the surface
Wipe the surface with a wet rag to ensure that the surface is clean. Sometimes if the surface is especially dirty I will wet my rag with goof off, a solvent based cleaner
Step 3 – apply tape to both sides of the surface
I’ll lay in tape to either side of the area I want to caulk. Ensure that the tape is firmly pressed down so the caulking doesn’t get underneath the tape
Step 4 – Lay in the caulking
Step 5 – Smooth the caulking
I generally smooth caulk using my finger, rather than using some sort of tool.
Step 6 – Remove the tape
I remove the tape immediately after I’ve smoothed it, before it has a chance to dry.
Done! There is your perfect bead of caulking!
Caulking is one of the many things we do to ensure that your home is properly prepared for painting.
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