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Y’all I have a confession…I hate caulking!! I hate it!! But it’s ssssoooo important and it’s gotta get done!! Caulking not only serves a purpose (sealing)…but it also makes a project look professional!!
Here are some of my caulking tips for beginners:
- Convince your spouse/roommate that caulking is fun and easy!! Then once they get started….give lots and lots of compliments!! Seriously…best advice I can give!!
- Buy the good caulk, don’t get the cheap caulk. I don’t remember who taught us this lesson but it’s only $4 more for the good caulk so even if they’re wrong I’m only out $4…hahaha. Basically we were taught that the good caulk is more durable, less likely to crack, and will last longer. When I say “good caulk” I just mean the expensive tube…not the cheap tube.
- Buy the right kind of caulk! When you get to the store you’re going to find 500 types of caulk: clear caulk, white caulk, roofing caulk, cement caulk, kitchen caulk, etc….read the label and make sure you get the right stuff.
- Remove the old caulk using a caulk scraper. Don’t ever put new caulk on top of old caulk.
- Put painters tape down before you get started to ensure a clear line for a professional looking finish. You’ll leave a small gap between your painters tape and the location your caulking (just enough room for the caulk). We’ve used this method a few times depending on what we’re caulking, but it’s not always necessary to use painters tape.
- Use a caulk gun…this might seem obvious but some people have never caulked before so I thought I’d mention it.
- Cut your caulk tube at an angle…but don’t cut too much off.
- Keep a wet rag close by to clean up any excess caulk and to clean your tools/fingers.
- If you’ve never applied caulk before, then practice on a cardboard box. Everyone has an Amazon box laying around am I right?!?!
- When applying caulk remember “push don’t pull” the caulk. What this means is that you’re going to point your caulk gun in the direction you’re moving so that the caulk is pushed into the crack as you’re going along.
- Apply the caulk and then smooth the caulk out using your wet finger. You can use a caulking tool (works well for corners) but a wet finger is the easiest. Just keep a small bowl of water nearby and dip your finger in every so often.
- If you buy “paintable” caulk then you need to paint over it. If you decide not to paint over it, then it’ll turn yellow (true story happened to us and it sucked). I suggest painting either later that same day or the next day.