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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.




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.


Tips & Tricks: Seal Your Windows to Save

WindowTips & Tricks: Seal Your Windows to Save Energy & Money!

Sealing your windows with a quality caulk or sealant prevents drafts (both cold and hot) that drive up your AC and Heating bills. It’s so crazy how many people don’t make a point to do this regularly. It will cost you a couple of bucks, take you about ten to fifteen minutes, and potentially save you hundreds!

Just check for drafts around your windows using a candle or flame (check if the flame bends) or look for signs of cracked or broken caulk that can let drafts in.

Then remove old caulk using a caulk removing tool or use a caulk softener and remove while soft with a putty knife. Then caulk any draft points, gaps, or cracks. It’s that simple!