Caulking is an important finishing touch for a range of jobs, from new bathroom furniture to windows and doors. Sealing the edges properly and adequately is an important waterproofing measure, and getting the right finish can make the difference between a professional-looking job and one that looks amateurish. If you are selling a property it can be worth touching up these areas before viewings occur and it is important to bear in mind that a report produced by a Homebuyers Report London conveyancers such as https://www.samconveyancing.co.uk/Homebuyers-Survey/Home-Buyers-Survey-London will pull up any stuctural issues so you can not afford to simply paint over these.
If you want to achieve a professional finish to your caulking that will both look great and work just as it should, here are a few tips to follow.
The Right Equipment
As with so many DIY jobs, caulking will be better with the right tools. For a start, you will need a good caulk gun. While it is possible to buy small, squeezable tubes of sealant, these usually represent poor value and make it much harder to get a smooth, professional-looking finish. Even a cheap dispenser will likely do a far better job than these tubes.
Having the right caulk is also important. Although there are other sealants available, such as acrylic sealant, silicone sealants are the most common and, most professionals would say, the best. There are also special sealants for certain jobs, such as glazing sealants and roof and gutter sealants. These may be an entirely different substance, or they could be essentially the same but formulated to be better for these particular jobs. A wide range of high-quality sealants, both general-purpose and specialist, can be found.
When the time comes to actually apply the sealant, the first step is to cut the nozzle. It should be cut at an angle of roughly 45 degrees. Cutting higher up the nozzle will get you a thinner line of caulk. Cut for the width needed for the job in hand, and also bear in mind that thinner lines are easier to apply neatly.
Put the tube of sealant in your dispenser, and squeeze the trigger until the caulk has just reached the end of the nozzle. Wipe off any excess with a rag or paper towel. Hold the nozzle so that the angle of the cut is in line with the project, and gently but firmly squeeze the trigger. Move the nozzle along, slowly squeezing as you go and being careful not to move too quickly and “stretch” the sealant. Smooth quickly with a wet finger or specialist sealant tool for a perfect finish.