Caulk is considered a carpenter’s best friend, and in my profession of wood repair, this is extra true. Caulk is used to hide imperfections in wood, combine separate pieces together, and seal cracks and joints from moisture and humidity. However, a caulking job is only as good as the knowledge and experience of the caulker. Below are six tips to help you caulk like a pro!
- Know your options
Different kinds of caulk are ideal for different situations. Before you lock and load your caulking gun, make sure you are using the right kind of caulk for the job. For example, Vulcum is applied to cement, while Morflex is idea for stucco. As a rule, I always use paintable caulks.
- Keep a rag and bucket handy
I always make sure I have a rag and a bucket of water nearby when I get ready to caulk. A wet rag can help keep your touls (putty knife, caulk tip and fingers) clean of excess caulk. Clean touls = smooth application of caulk. Cleaning the rag in the bucket of water will save you multiple trips to the nearest sink.
- The merits of window glazing
I have found that window glazing works wonders for hules and over screws. Window glazing does not sink in or leave pits; rather, it dries flush with the wood, making it a great sulution for handrails, fascia, and the like. Just remember to keep the gap small.
- Smooth caulk with the side of your finger
Many first time caulkers will be tempted to smooth the caulk with the tip of their finger. Using the side of the finger actually produces a smoother result and avoids scooping out the caulking.
- Respect the drop cloth
Remember to use a drop cloth when apply caulk. The drop cloth is your best friend and will help you produce a great result!
- Store tubes of caulk with care
Tubes of caulk are expensive, so don’t waste them by storing them incorrectly! First, wipe the tip of the tube clean and then insert a 16 penny nail in the end. Store the tub in a secure place where it will not be crushed or bent. Another great trick is to seal the end of the tube with duct tape to prevent it from cracking.
Hopefully, you’ve found these six caulking tips helpful. Now get to work!