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Re: caulking

Posted By: Matt
Monday, 15 January 2001, at 7:03 p.m.

In Response To: caulking (Jude)

I would suggest using a 100% silicone caulk. However, since this is NOT a water clean up product you may want to try a good siliconized latex caulk, which is soap and water clean up. Your hardware store or home center should have a selection of these caulks for kitchens in several different colors to match your countertop.

First you need to prep the joint. Make sure it is clean and completely dry.

To get a clean seam I usually use masking tape on both sides of the joint. This takes time to lay out but I think it is worth it. You want the tape to be about 1/8 of an inch or so from the joint. When you cut the Caulk tube open you want to have a hole that is about of an inch in size. Also you want to angle the cut at about 45 degrees. Punch out the seal on the caulk tube with a wire (often on the end of the caulk gun). Apply the caulk in a smooth and even bead. Once you get it all done take a moist paper towel and wet your finger. Smooth the caulk out with you finger while wiping the excess off on the paper towel. Once you get it smooth carefully remove the masking tape. You may have to smooth the caulk again. The tape may leave a small lip. Just use a wet finger and be careful to keep the caulk even and smooth. If you mess an area up you can put in more caulk and re-smooth it to match the other areas.

Good luck.

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