Simple Caulking Method

A Fast and Simple Method for Making Clean Caulk Lines

By Mark J. Donovan

Caulking around a bathroom tub, sink or countertop can be a messy and slow process. Not only that, it is difficult to get clean caulk lines.

Normally I find myself using a roll of wet paper towels and a putty knife or screwdriver to dress up the lines. By the end, I have caulk all over my hands and a less than perfect caulk line.

However, there is a really simple method for getting a clean caulk line every time.

The method involves caulk, masking tape and a putty knife.

To begin with, apply a length of masking tape on each side of the gap you want to caulk. You can establish how wide of a caulk line you want to create by how wide of a gap you leave between the lengths of masking tape.

Once you have applied the masking tape on either side of the gap you want to caulk, take you caulk gun and run a bead of caulk the length of the gap.

Once you have completed applying the caulk to the gap, use your putty knife to smooth the caulk line.

After smoothing out the caulk line, simply remove the masking tape, and your done. Its that quick, and you will have clean caulk lines every time.

Give it a try.

Caulking around tubs and showers? Make sure to use the right caulk.

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