Caulking doesn’t sound like a hard thing to do. And it really isn’t, but the effort you put into it can have huge rewards when done right. I consider caulking one of the basic home repair jobs that every aspiring handyman should learn how to do correctly. As with anything else, there is a right way and a wrong way to caulk.
Caulking Tips For The Home Handyman
First off, I can’t stress how important it is to make sure any surface or surfaces that you’re cleaning be dry and clean. Proper prepping is very important to how well your caulk job will perform.
If you’re caulking two painted edges, like at window corners, make sure you clean any loose or old paint at the edges to be caulked.
When caulking tight corners, if you’re not good at freehanding, then use a piece of painters tape and apply it horizontally, leaving just a bit of the material exposed at the corner for the caulk to adhere to. Wipe the caulk away while it’s wet (you can use a wet finger to do this), the caulk should be pressed into the deep recesses of the corner when you wipe the excess away.
When you remove the tape, it should leave a neat bead in the corner.
Here’s another tip for caulking corners. Always cut the tip at a 45 degree corner. I will then mark the top of the 45 somehow so that I always know where the top is. You can use a pencil or scratch awl. I personally prefer a Sharpie. Now you have no excuse for making a crappy caulk line.
Finally, before putting the caulk gun and caulk up for the day, I prefer to leave a small glob at the tip. When this dries, it acts as an air tight seal so that air will not cause the whole tube to set up. Plus, when you get ready to use the tube again, you just pull this glob off and you’re ready to go. No digging old, dried up caulk out of the nozzle.
I hope this caulking tips will help you do a better and more professional looking job the next time your break the caulk gun out!