Caulk Gun Tips

Caulking wooden skirting

Using a caulk gun is actually quite simple and straightforward, and caulking projects are easy enough for a person of any skill level to accomplish. However, knowing as much as possible about how to perform a caulking project before actually doing it is still a good idea. Luckily, there is not much you need to learn before starting your caulking project. The following tips should help you get the most out of your caulk gun, no matter how much or how little experience you have with it.

Preparing the Work Area

The cleaner the area you will be applying caulk to is, the better. Always clean out any areas you will be caulking thoroughly before applying your caulk. In order to maximize the degree to which your caulk sticks, make sure that the area is dry as well. If it is not, dry it off with a towel.

Angling the Caulk Gun

When using your caulk gun, be sure to hold it at an angle.

Placing the Caulk Gun

It is important to place the tip of the nozzle of your caulk gun inside the area to be filled with caulk if at all possible. If you cannot fit the nozzle inside, placing it on the outside is fine.

Using the Caulk Gun

As you squeeze out the caulk, move the gun away from the area you are working on rather than towards it. Trying to push the caulk in will simply make a mess and lead to an uneven job. Additionally, this will make the caulk easier to control.

Test the Caulk Gun

Before you actually apply caulk to the area that needs caulking, practice on an area that is not important. Scrap materials are a good way to do this. Doing this allows you to get the hang of using your caulk gun, and ensures that any mistakes you make due to inexperience will be thrown out with your scrap materials.

When practicing with your caulk gun, make sure to practice using the previously listed techniques. This increases the chance of using them successfully and will help you identify practical problems and devise solutions to them before they ruin your project.

Using Caulk

When applying caulk to your project, use the absolute minimum amount necessary. No matter what, you will end up having to remove excess caulk when you are done. Using more than you need only makes it harder to apply, increases the amount of mess you will make, and increases the amount of caulk removal you will have to do once you are done applying.

Removing Excess

Chances are good that the caulk you apply will not entirely fill the area it is supposed to, particularly if you cannot fit the nozzle inside the area. Because of this, you should always go over caulk with your finger after applying it. This will push it in and make it clear how much caulk is left over and needs to be removed.

Once you have done this, you can run a damp towel over the excess caulk to remove it. Next, use a dry towel to remove any that remains.