It’s time to put away that emergency towel you’re using to soak up random water leaks under the sink. Let’s seal it up right. Here’s an explanation of how to caulk a sink.
What You'll Need
Gather toolsYou’ll need:
- Utility knife for removing old caulk and opening the caulking tube
- McKanica® Silicone Caulk Remover or similar product
- Caulk gun
- Painter’s tape (optional)
- Beading tools, small foam brushes or your trusty finger for tooling
- Damp rags for clean-up
- A smile of determination
Clean around the sink and remove existing caulkIf you want your caulking job to stick and stretch for years to come, make sure you remove soap scum, toothpaste, old caulk, and other contaminants. If silicone is present, use a silicone remover. Dry the surface with a clean towel.
Apply the caulkNow’s the time to set the caffeine aside. A steady hand is necessary for a smooth bead. Apply the bead 1/8”-1/4” wide to ensure there’s enough there to both stick to the joint and stretch with movement.
Tool (smooth) the beadUse your finger, a beading tool or foam brushes to smooth the bead. This provides best adhesion and greater longevity. After all, caulking isn’t your favorite pastime.
Clean upUse soapy water to clean up tools and surfaces. Stand back and admire your handy work. Throw a party to celebrate your accomplishment.