Apply the caulk along the seam with steady pressure in a smooth motion. Use a wet finger or cloth to smooth out the caulk. You may want to use masking tape before applying the caulk to help create a crisp line and protect adjacent areas. Let the caulk dry undisturbed for 12 to 15 hours.
How to Get Smooth Caulk Joints
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you smooth caulking lines?
To get perfect caulk lines with no headaches, follow these four easy steps:
- Tape along the edge of the molding. ...
- Run a bead of caulk along the edge you need to fill in.
- Smooth the bead with your finger.
- While the caulk is still wet, pull the FrogTape gently away, revealing a perfect, pretty caulk line!
How long should Exterior caulking last?
Depending on the quality, caulking should be redone every 5 years or so. So just check periodically, every couple of years. If there are drafts or higher energy bills, then it's a good idea to take a look around your home for damaged caulk.
How to smooth out a bead of caulk?
5 Tips for Smoothing Silicone Caulk. 1 1. Masking Tape. The best way to achieve an even bead of silicone caulk is by using masking tape. The tape will keep the caulk from smearing, and it ... 2 2. Smooth with Your Finger. 3 3. Speed. 4 4. Use a Damp Rag. 5 5. Work in Sections.
What's the best way to put caulk on a bathtub?
The tape will keep the caulk from smearing, and it will also give you a straight line to follow as you apply it. To do this, press a strip of masking tape to the wall above the bathtub and another line to the tub itself. You should allow just enough space between them for a bead of silicone caulk.