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How To Use Caulking to Winterize

Written by June Holder. Sometimes I have to do the winterizing of windows, doors, etc.; so I have found that the best way to do something is to just do it!  So here are some guidelines that have helped me.

  1. Finding the correct products best for the job will save you time and money.  For outside winterizing, use silicon-based caulk making sure it is paintable.  Make sure you ask the store workers which kind would work best for different projects, and be sure to include the caulk gun.
  2.  Upon reading the label, you will see that using silicone to the fullest potential needs to be applied above 45 degrees.  Allowing it to dry completely before the temperature drops is best and while the weather is dry.
  3. Removing old caulk by scraping off all of the dirt with a scraper/screw driver/or putty knife and washing and drying the surface will ensure a better stick for the new caulk. 
  4. Make sure the surface is repaired of any rotten wood or breaks before proceeding.  Often it takes more time to prepare and prep the area to be caulked than it does to do the caulking.
  5. By following the instructions on the caulking tube, you will be able to insert it into the caulking gun in preparation to begin the job.   By cutting the tip of the tube in an angle of ¼” back, allows for a small bead of caulk to be controlled easier.  Ensure you do a continuous bead of caulk , making sure it is thick enough to fill the gap needed.  Use a cloth or rubber glove to go along the bead slightly pushing to make a groove and making sure you cover all that is needed.  Sometimes the caulk may not hit the edge just right, so using your finger to guide the caulk helps.  You may need to back off the trigger of the caulk gun a bit to keep the caulk from pushing out after you are done.

 Good Luck!!  It isn’t that hard, as you get started and work with it a little more, you will see how to make it look the way you want.

 

 

 

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