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    20. Shoot Smooth Caulk | 25 DIY Fundamentals | This Old House

  • Jane Escoffier

    Shoot Smooth Caulk For a neat bead when sealing around a sink or the gap where shower wall meets tub, pull out the painter's tape. Lay parallel strips, about 3/16 inch apart, on either side of the seam, and squeeze in the caulk. To smooth a silicone sealant, which is tacky and difficult to tool, dip a finger in dish soap before running it along the span of the bead; a finger moistened with plain water works for acrylic latex caulk. Remove the tape while the caulk is still wet. One more swipe...

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Bob's Tip of the Day: The rim of your kitchen sink should always be sealed with silicone caulk. Remove the old caulking by cutting it with a utility knife and pulling it away from the seam. Clean any leftovers with rubbing alcohol, making sure you get it all off. Use painter’s tape for a straight line, squeeze a bead of caulk into the seam and wipe the excess with your finger. Keep the bead small; tooling it is easier if you wet your finger first in a cup of water mixed with a little dish soap.

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