Lots of folks cringe at the thought of caulking their DIY projects, whether it's exterior trim, bathroom remodeling, etc. But believe me, you can caulk like a pro if you follow a few simple rules and put in the effort. The first, and most important thing, is to buy a high-quality, dripless caulking gun. Will you pay more? Sure, but it's worth it.
"Dripless" simply means that the caulk will stop oozing out the second you take your finger off the trigger. Nobody needs that headache, especially if you're working on a ladder or in a tight corner. The gun should have a swing-out "wire" for puncturing the tube seal and a cutter for snipping the nozzle.
Ready for some tips?
- Know in advance if the project needs paintable caulk or not.
- Cut the nozzle off at the size appropriate for the caulk bead.
- Avoid stops and starts. Lay a bead for as long as you can reach comfortably.
- Apply the minimum size bead. You'll save money and have fewer problems.
- Gently smooth the bead with a wet fingertip.
- Always cap the tube when not in use to keep the caulk workable.
Follow these tips faithfully and you'll be caulking like a pro in no time rather than cursing like a sailor!