Let’s start with the basics: it’s smart to put on old clothes and open a window while applying and drying the sealant. Always keep a wet cloth handy so that you can immediately remove spilled sealant with a wet cloth.
To prevent a messy end result and to stay a little clean yourself, it is important that you use the correct technique. That’s why: a step-by-step plan, very handy!
1: Make grease and dust free
Before you start with sealants, make sure you have a clean, dry surface. You can make everything grease-free with soapy water and a cloth. Then dry the surface well before you start. Make sure that any old sealant layer has been removed, do not seal over the old sealant.
Cover the edges with tape, this ensures a neat result because the edges are nice and tight. In addition, the masking also prevents stains or smears on the wall.
3: Cut the tube open
Cut or trim the top of the tube of caulk making sure the opening fits the width of the seam you want to grout. It is better to be too small than too large, otherwise it will cause a too thick sealant and you want to prevent that. Place your tube against the edge you want to seal and check if the hole is big enough.
So in the bathroom you use a silicone sealant, you cannot paint this sealant over, but there are different colors available, so always choose the sealant that suits your bathroom.
4: Try it out
If you don’t kit that often, it is good to try it out first on a cardboard, for example, it is important that you apply the kit in one smooth movement. You can of course always start in an inconspicuous corner.
Tip: Oscar always first goes ‘dry’ with the caulking gun around the edges, so that he knows which corners are difficult.
Then it is time to kitten. Make sure you have a smooth movement and stay precise. Hold the caulking gun at an angle of 45 degrees, with the bevel of the nozzle down, you go so nicely along the edge and at the end of the edge you only let go and pull the rod backwards. Do not use too much sealant and make a gentle movement from side to side.
You do not have to seal the taps, the tap is basically a sealing rubber or ring in between, so you can stay away from that with your sealant gun.
Tip: Do you come across a corner that you cannot easily reach? Heat the nozzle with a lighter and gently bend it.
6: Smoothing the sealant edge
You can wipe the sealant edge with water and soap, but use a neutral soap because regular soap contains citric acid and that will affect your silicone sealant. For example with a brush.
Tip: Oscar finds it easier to spray the sealant rim with a syringe.
Oscar removes the excess kit with a multi-tool. Knives or sticks are also used for this, but always make sure that you wipe the sealant straight and not with a hollow object to prevent the sealant from becoming hollow. This can also happen, for example, if you have used too much sealant and then the water remains in it and that is not the intention.
So the leveling: while leveling, push the sealant lightly to ensure that the sealant fills the seam properly, but do not press too hard because the sealant edge must therefore be draining.
Remove the tape as soon as possible after smoothing, so that the edge remains the most beautiful.
Would you like to take a look back at how Oscar did it? Watch Episode 1 of Season 2 on Videoland.