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Now that you’ve properly prepared the bathtub, you’re ready for the caulk. For this step you will need a damp sponge or paper towel, a small bucket of water, and your finger or a caulk edger. I prefer using my finger because it gives a smoother and cleaner bead of caulk. You will also need a caulking gun and, of course, caulk. You should get a caulk designed specifically for use in a bathroom.
It should be water and mildew resistant. First, you want to look and make sure your area is clean and dry. After this cut the tip of the caulk at approximately ½ to ¾ of an inch from the top. I found this will give you a ¼ inch bead of caulk. Put the caulk into the caulking gun and squeeze the trigger until you see caulk approximately 1” from the top. Release the plunger by pushing the lever on the back of the gun. Position the gun where you want to begin and squeeze a bead of caulk out, moving down at an even motion to assure an even bead. I usually do about 6 feet and then smooth out the caulk. You do this by running your finger along the bead of caulk with light pressure.
This will allow the caulk to go deeper into the gap and give you better adhesion to your tub. After this, take the damp sponge or paper towel and gently wipe the surface you’ve caulked. Repeat this procedure until you’ve gotten all the way around the bathtub. After you’re satisfied with the job, clean any spillage with a damp sponge and let sit overnight before using the tub.
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