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The Five Best Practices for Smoothing a Caulk Bead

Alright, you’ve gotten past the hard part- the tedious application process- but it’s not over yet! A caulk bead isn’t fully adhered to the surface or attractive until it has been tooled or smoothed within the joint. Follow the five best practices below to ensure you get a durable, aesthetically pleasing bead.

1. Line the Edges of the Bead or Joint with Masking Tape

You have probably heard of this tip for ensuring a smooth application bead, but this can also be used to frame your bead smoothing and tooling so you don’t squish the bead out everywhere and make a mess. This also secures a clean line between your joint and the surrounding surface.

 

2. Use Your Finger 

Using the pad of your index finger is adequate for smoothing out the bead and your natural body heat will make the caulk pliable enough to tool effectively. Keep in mind that you need to keep an even pressure and pace as you go along the bead or else you will ruin the finish. It may take several passes and ,if necessary, some alcohol or water to moisten your finger for efficiency.

 

3. Use a Damp Rag

Alternatively to your finger, you may use a damp linen to get an ultra smooth, controlled finish. A damp rag can also be used to smooth out any texture irregularities left over from using your finger.

 

4. Attempt Smoothing before Caulk Cure

Don’t wait around too long. It’s important that you do the smoothing and tooling of the caulk bead before the caulk hardens and becomes difficult or impossible to manipulate. You also want to fill out any gaps in your bead through smoothing before the caulk dries.

 

5. Smoothing in Sections

Smoothing ,as stated before, takes even pacing and pressure to be effective. This can be harder than it sounds depending on the amount of surface area you need to cover. To make it less intimidating, only smooth in even, short sections until you’ve smoothed out the entire bead.

 

 

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Prevent Caulk Over-flow in One Step

With modern industry innovations, some caulking guns now come with a no-drip feature that prevents the pressure of the gun from pushing too much caulk out. However, if you are stuck with an old school caulk gun, one easy trick will prevent caulk over flow.

Just wrap your preferred caulk or sealant cartridge with brown parcel tape before loading it into the gun to prevent the cartridge expanding with the pressure of the skeleton gun.

 

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Essentially, this means the caulk flow will officially stop once you release the trigger instead of continuing to drip. This may also help you to apply a straight, even bead. Easy and cheap!

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How to Repair Tiny Thumb Tack Holes in Your Wall

So you just got a brand spanking new apartment and you are all excited to paint your walls the color that best expresses you. Then you spot some tiny wall buzz-killers called thumb tack holes and all seems lost. These nearly microscopic holes occur when thumbtacks or small push pins are used to hang pictures or posters. Fortunately, these types of holes can be easily repaired and blended into the surrounding wall so you can paint with confidence. All you need is a finger, some lightweight spackling, and a damp rag!

-Using your finger, apply and press an appropriate amount of spackle into the thumb tack hole.

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-Using the same finger, smooth out the surface of the spackle so that it blends in with the texture of the wall. This can also be done using a 4-6 inch putty knife.

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-Clean up any excess spackling surrounding the thumb tack hole with a warm, damp rag.

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-Repeat as needed for all thumbtack holes.

-Let dry for recommended amount of time on spackling product.

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Tips & Tricks: Outside Corner Spackling

Spackling is all fun and games to apply and smooth out until you have to cover the outside corners. The awkward angle, variable dry time, and extra smoothing or blending required calls for a bit more finesse and planning. However, Red Devil has got you covered with the application and prep tips below!

-First off, be prepared to make time for at least 3 layers of spackle for this area. You don’t want any show through on outside corners and the sharp angle doesn’t allow you to distribute spackle as thickly.

-Following from this, the first layer should be the heaviest as you want to cover the initial wall flaws or texture effectively before adding the blending layers. Cover all the space you need to between the corner joint and the wall using your putty knife.

-Since the the second layer and third layer is intended to deepen coverage and smooth out the spackle into the wall surface, use a larger putty knife of 10″ to apply. The wider putty knife plate will give a more widespread, polished coverage.

-After you have applied the third layer, you may switch to a 12″ or larger putty knife to smooth out any edges or mistakes.

-The position of the putty knife you use to apply the spackle should be so that one corner of the knife is aimed alongside the corner bead and the other corner is facing the drywall surface.

 

 

 

 

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