Questions and Answers
How to caulk around bathroom sink?
Applying the caulk:
Clean the area to be caulked completely. Old caulking or silicone will prevent a good caulking job
Cut the tip on a clean angle of about 45 to 60 degrees. If the angle is not smooth and clean it is much harder to run a good bead. The tip should be cut so that it produces a bead of caulking about 3/16 ” to 1/4″ in diameter.
Rotate the tube in the caulking gun until the angled tip is roughly parallel with the surface to be caulked
Practice on a piece of scrap cardboard or wood to perfect your technique.
Start caulking on the opposite side of the sink. Firmly and slowly squeeze the trigger on the caulking gun while drawing the tip towards you.
The trick is to produce a consistent sized bead with a minimum of starts and stops. Move the tip continuously without jerky movements. If done correctly the tip should direct the caulk into the crack being filled with just enough pressure to fill the void while adhering at both edges. Use care to not apply too much caulk. Just enough to bridge the crack is the proper amount.
Continue with above method until the entire area is caulked.
Finishing the caulk joint:
Wet a cloth or paper towel until it is thoroughly saturated but not quiet dripping. Use this to keep your finger wet and to clean the caulking off your finger as you finish the caulking joint.
Start on the opposite side of the sink. lightly place your dampened finger on the caulking joint and pull it toward you smoothing down the caulking as you go. Your finger should simultaneously ~ 1. uniformly smooth the caulk 2. remove excess caulk 3. clean excess caulk from the edges of the bead. If too much caulk starts to build up on your finger wipe it off with the damp cloth and repeat until all areas are smoothed down. Excess pressure will remove too much caulking
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Thanks for the post. My caulking job is still not perfect but it is much better looking than before. no more silicone for me!