Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
A lumpy caulk job not only detracts from the appearance of your bathtub, it can fail to serve the purposes you caulked it for in the first place. As with all things, caulking a bathtub is something that gets easier with practice. But if you’re a DIYer, how much practice can you realistically expect to have? And without that practice, should you just accept less-than-ideal results?
There are really two choices here: you can lower your expectations, or you can learn how to caulk like a pro. The latter, of course, provides the larger benefit and, believe it or not, is actually not difficult at all. You just need to know the proper steps.
How to Caulk a Bathtub
· Tape your joints – using painter’s tape, carefully line the area just above the joints you are about to caulk, much as you would around windows when painting
· Create a small, rounded opening – using a very sharp knife, create a 1/8 inch hole by cutting your caulk tube at a 45-degree angle. Using 100-grit sandpaper, gently round the opening
· Prep your caulk gun –squeeze the handle of your caulk gun until caulk shows at the opening of the tube. Release the pressure and clean the tip with a damp rag
· Set your pace – caulk at a steady pace, applying consistent pressure as you follow the joint. If you miss a spot, keep going. It is easier to make a second rapid pass than to clean goopy caulk off of your tub and tiles
· Smooth your edges – wet your pointer finger and run it along the length of the caulk bead on all sides. Clean excess caulk off of your finger at regular intervals using a damp rag.
Once your caulk has dried, carefully remove the masking tape from around the joints. Do not remove the tape when caulk is still wet.
In addition to tubs, this caulking technique can be used for tile, sinks, and other household items, and is well worth taking the time to learn. When you know how to caulk properly, you can produce professional results at a fraction of the cost, and earn some well-earned bragging rights along the way.