That crown moulding in your remodeled dining room is gonna look sa-weet…just as soon as it looks finished. Here’s how to do that. Read on for Sashco’s guide to caulking trim and moulding for great results!
What You'll Need
- One of the products listed above
- Utility knife for removing old caulk and opening the caulking tube
- McKanica® Silicone Caulk Remover or similar product if silicone is present
- Caulk gun
- Beading tools or small foam brushes for tooling
- Blue painters tape to outline the caulk line and keep it neat and clean.
- Damp rags for clean-up
- A good chiropractor (because your neck will be sore after admiring your amazing caulk work afterwards)
Clean the surfaces
If you want your caulking job to stick and stretch for years to come, make sure you clean the surfaces and remove old caulk. Wipe off any dust, fingerprints, oil spots, etc. If silicone is present, use a silicone caulk remover.
Apply the caulk
A smooth hand is paramount here, so lay off the coffee (but just for a few minutes). Apply the bead at least 1/8” to 1/4” wide to ensure there’s enough there to both stick to the joint and stretch with movement.
Smooth (tool) the bead
Use your finger, a beading tool or foam brushes to smooth the bead. This provides best adhesion and greater longevity. For a super-neat bead, outline the joint with blue painters tape before applying the caulk, then remove it before the caulk dries for a professional looking finish.
Use soapy water* or mineral spirits** to clean up tools and surfaces. It’ll be hard to look away. You’ll wonder why you didn’t do this sooner.
*for Big Stretch, Conceal and eXact color
** for Lexel