Another option would be to apply some more caulk over it, and make sure that's smooth. However, with your "ogre fingers", that will probably make it look even worse, so you may just wan to leave it as-is. -- Wacky Races 2012!
Another option would be to apply some more caulk over it, and make sure that's smooth. However, with your "ogre fingers", that will probably make it look even worse, so you may just wan to leave it as-is.
I think I will call in my fragile-as-silk-silky-wife to do her fingering.
Or just do in with ALL my power tools that do some sort of sanding.
let it dry 20 minutes until it "skins", then use your finger covered by a torn off piece of wet paper towel, 1 layer only, (fold the paper towel piece so the excess paper is above your nail, not making ridges in the caulk, gently press the caulk, and it will go smooth, and also reduce the valley between the rigid surface and the caulk. To disolve caulk, I've had good experience with toluene. Finding a bottle of it will be a challenge. Get Silver Shield gloves (largest size possible, they do NOT stretch at all) since those are the only things in my experience that dont melt from solvent.
Being female and having caulked a zillion things, I can tell you that I stink at caulking.
Ogre fingers are not required to do a bad job. I think it's something a person is born with if they can caulk and it looks pretty.
I now just know it won't be perfect no matter what. So I live with it. You will see it more than anyone else. As long as there isn't a big blob hanging down that will slap people's head when they walk under it, it's good to go. -- Damn spy drones! They are interfering with my sun spots.
I now just know it won't be perfect no matter what. So I live with it. You will see it more than anyone else. As long as there isn't a big blob hanging down that will slap people's head when they walk under it, it's good to go.
Maybe it's just my super-eyes from when I'm staring at my caulking job from half an inch away.... I think you're right. Nobody complained about the caulking job when they visited the basement, and these were 5 chinese chicks who love to pick imperfections because they are 5 chinese chicks!
I've been using the caulk tool from this kit: »www.homedepot.com/p/Hyde-Caulk-A···VQ2cueaU And I am extremely impressed with the results. Not much of a permanent tool, but cheap enough to throw away after a few uses. Does a FAR better job than my fingers.
But trying to correct it after it dries..... well, good luck.
Hey guys -- he is asking about a pre-paint caulk to fill the little cracks. We are not talking about caulking in a bath tub. For this type of caulking, you use a very small tip and then clean well before it dries. It is just to fill the crack, nothing more. No tools needed other than a finger, sponge, rag or paper towels and water.
Also using tape on both sides of the line before caulking helps.
That is what I do. I put tape on both sides leaving about 1/8"-3/16" gap on either side. Caulk the corner and then use my finger to smooth it out a couple times. I then quickly pull the tape off and run a clean finger down the caulk line lightly one last time and that gets rid of the tape edge making a nice smooth line.
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. -- AT&T U-Hearse - RIP Unlimited Internet 1995-2011 Rethink Billable.
I just got done attempting to put caulking on a window sill. I was so frustrated that I just had to walk away. It looks terrible. Two problems. I think I used too much caulk. I cut the tip small and just put a little in the crack but I ended up wiping away a ton of it. So I'd recommend using less then you think you need. As you run a wet finger over it, it will spread out plenty. The other issue I had, and your situation may not be the same, is that the caulk I'm using is a slight different color then the window frame and also the window sill. So unless it's perfect, it really stands out.
The smoothing technique I use will vary depending on the type of caulk.
For a silicone caulk, I use a wet popsicle stick and a very light touch. If you overwork the caulk, you will get a poor looking bead.
For latex or butyl rubber caulks, I just use a wet finger.
The key to getting a nice looking bead is to apply sparingly. If you find that you have applied too much, and it begins bulging around the side of your smoothing mechanism (finger, popsicle stick, spoon, whatever), stop and wipe the excess off of the tool. If you wait until too much is bulging and starting to accumulate around the side of your bead, it is already too late. And most importantly, make sure that your final smoothing action is one continuous sweep along the entire line of the caulk for a good looking bead. -- Shine on you crazy diamond...