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reply to alkizmo

Re: How would/do you smooth out caulking?

It sounds like you smoothed it without wetting your fingers first. It takes some trial and error to figure out the right amount of moisture to put on your fingers.

Too dry and you'll pull lines in the caulking. Too wet and everything gets wet and you'll have a hazy line along the wall and a mess to clean up with a sponge (you want enough grip that the excess sticks to your finger). You want enough moisture to keep the lines smooth, but not so much you don't have control.

The tape method is the way to go if you're a perfectionist without experience (especially if do not plan to re-paint the wall). Then you can lean towards "too wet" and all the excess ends up on the tape. They also have tools for this but I found my finger works much better.
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