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Home Improvement  /  October 18, 2017

Weekend Projects: Caulking Your Bathtub

Applying caulk may be a simple maintenance task, but it won’t seal properly if it’s not applied correctly. To ensure a successful project and flawless results, Handyman Connection of Matthews explains the process of caulking a bathtub. Here is a step-by-step procedure:

Caulking Your Bathtub

Select The Right Caulk

The proper caulk is important if you want lasting results. Caulk generally comes in three types: latex, silicone, and rubber. Vinyl latex works best for dry areas while silicone is great for wet areas. Exterior jobs call for tougher material, so butyl rubber is an excellent choice.

Remove Old Caulk And Clean

Before you can apply the new caulk, make sure to completely remove the old one using a retractable razor blade scraper. A clean and smooth surface is essential to an effective caulk repair, after all. When done, vacuum up any debris, as well as the open joint, and let dry.

Apply Painter’s Tape

The secret to achieving a professional-looking caulk job? Blue painters tape. Mask off both surfaces with long sections of the tape at the point where the edge of the caulk will be and press down firmly. This allows you to set the joint’s width and protect the surrounding material from the caulk. For a better looking joint, tape at least 1/4 inches in total width.

Apply Caulk And Smooth The Area

Once the joint is clean, open the caulk tube and apply it at a 45-degree angle. Make sure that you squeeze hard enough to get caulk fully into the joint. The smoother the joint is, the easier and faster your job will be. After applying the caulk, smooth the joint with your finger. Wet your finger with alcohol and run it along the edge. When done, remove the tape and you’re done!

Caulking your bathtub can be an easy weekend project as long as you have the right equipment. That said, for faster and better results, you can hire experts like Handyman Connection of Matthews. We have the proper tools and training to get the job done right, so you can expect flawless results. Contact us today at (704) 255-5626 to learn more. You can also get a free estimate!

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