If there’s some caulking work to be done around your home, but you’re not experienced with a caulking gun, take some time to look over these simple steps required for any successful caulking project.
Choose the right caulk
The caulk you need to use depends entirely on where you’ll be using it, and what your goals are for the project. The most common use is to keep air and water out, but there are many types of caulk that can get the job done. However, for any kind of project, you should definitely get help from the professionals from mcgillbrothers.com to meet your needs from restoring the building to its original condition.
Your best bet for a long-lasting seal is using 100% silicone caulk, which is waterproof, flexible, and shrink and crack proof. The dangers of other types of caulk, like acrylic, is that over time, they tend to shrink or crack, which makes your seal fail.
Clean up first
Before you can start installing new caulk, you need to clean the surface. That means not only removing dirt, and any other particles present, but also completely removing any old caulk in place.
A caulk removing tool or a wire brush will be vital here. You’ll then want to place masking tape on either side of the surface to ensure a straight edge, but be sure you remove it immediately after applying your caulk.
Now your surface is ready to seal, but you’ll need to prepare the tube of caulk first. The size of the bead you apply depends on how you cut the nozzle on the caulk tube, so do so carefully.
Then, puncture the inner seal on the tube with whatever you have handy. A stiff wire works great. You can now insert the cartridge into your caulking gun and begin sealing. Be sure to apply even, constant pressure to the gun’s trigger so your caulk will exit the tube at an even rate.