OK, I've been caulking things for over 20 yrs (glass business) it
takes a LOT of practice to be able to run a nice bead.
I've seen a few posts that tell you to practice running beads, but
that is a waste of caulk which is going to cost you even more money.
If you have at least a halfway decent caulking gun, I would recommend
using tape as others have pointed out (you can use cheap masking tape
btw instead of that expensive blue painters tape) and getting one of
those finishing tools from Home Depot like this one
Believe or not, not only is running a good bead an "art form" but so
is using a finger with spit to smooth it. It takes a lot of practice /
$3-$4 for a tube of caulk? One can waste it practicing or waste it
gumming up a bath surround :o) It's just about impossible to guage the
size of the tip, speed of movement and evenness of the bead without
trying it out. I practiced on a bathtub three times until I got the
hang of it :o)
Could just fold a piece of corrugated cardboard into a a right angle to
use as a joint to practice caulking on.
I agree, and you have got to keep a wet rag handy to clean fingers.
But, if he buys the tool that was recommended for what, $2, and uses
tape he'll be done with it.
I had plenty of practice back in the early 80s because my boss made me
practice. Took 2 pieces of glass and taped them together at a 90
degree angle. Run a "bead" (lol) scrape it off with a single edge
razor, and run another one. Not that big of a deal when you are
working for a company that is paying about 50 cents (if not less) for
a tube of silicone.
I had to do about 40 feet of 'finger' caulking. Unfortunately, I didn't
pick up a good technique until almost the end.
Don't try to 'finger-smooth' the caulk, say left-to-right, all from
beginning to end. Example: Your tub is five feet long, and you want to
'finger smooth' all five feet. Let's assume that you want to
'finger-smooth' from left to right. START one foot from the right end of
the tub and smooth that one foot left-to-right. START your second move
about 2 feet from the right end and again, 'finger-smooth' left to right.
When you go over a few inches of the previous portion, you won't even notice
it. CONTINUE this process smoothing from left-to-right always starting at a
point further to the left.
Any attempt to start at the very left end just accumulates a giant blob on
your finger and makes a mess.
There are preparatory classes, and then when you're
physically and spiritually ready, you intervieew with the
priest. And then you can have your First Caulking, and take
the squeezegun and tube. It sounds like you just weren't
ready for your First Caulking.
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