A lumpy caulk job not only detracts from the appearance of
, 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
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
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.
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