Caulk can be used to seal various different materials. In most cases, these projects can even be done without the help of professionals!
Using caulk with a caulking gun is fairly simple, but what about without a gun? There are a few techniques, though they are a little more complex.
The experts at Adfast give you some tips to apply caulk without a gun.
Can you apply caulk without a gun?
The quick answer to this question is yes, you can apply caulk without a gun. However, this requires a lot more effort and care than caulking with a gun.
A caulking gun gun applies steady pressure on the tube so you can get a smoother and more even finish. You can also apply pressure with your hands, but using a caulking gun decreases the risks of making a mess.
Caulking can very well be done without a gun if it is a minor job or if you are experienced. If you decide that you do not want to use a gun, you may want to opt for a tube with an applicator specifically designed to use without a gun.
How to caulk without a gun using different sealants
Whether you are using a gun or not, you should always cut the applicator tip of the tube at a 45° angle. Here are two common sealants that can be applied without a caulking gun.
Latex caulk can be used without a caulking gun, especially since it can easily be cleaned with soap and water. Try to choose the colour that matches the surface you are caulking perfectly, or a white shade so it can easily be painted over.
Once you purchased the caulk, you should start by cutting the tip at 45° and testing it. You can then begin your application. Make sure the tip is at the right angle, curl the end of the tube for a steady caulk, and slowly run the tip over the line at a steady pace.
Wear a latex glove to prevent the latex from sticking to your finger, dip your finger in water, then smooth the edges. You can also use an applicator tool such as the Adseal Blue Shaping Tool.
Finally, you can touch up any imperfections by reapplying caulk. You should then wait at least one hour before painting over the caulk.
Silicone sealants can be used in areas that are prone to moisture, such as the outdoors or in bathrooms, since it is waterproof. On the other hand, they cannot be painted over, so make sure to choose the tone that is closest to the surface you are caulking.
The application process is very similar to latex caulk, once again curling the end of the tube for the best finish. However, you should especially be careful when using silicone caulk with no gun since a mess will be a lot more difficult to clean up than other types of sealants.
To finish, dip your finger in water and run it along the caulk line for a neatly curved bead. If the job is done correctly, this sealant can last you many years.
A caulking gun may still be your best bet
In the end, although a caulking gun is not necessary, it will definitely make your application process a lot easier and help you avoid any messes.