You always need to put a silicone seal between your bath/shower and your new panels to help stop leaks and subsequent damage. But how to apply bathroom sealant neatly around PVC, baths and showers? It can be effortless to do if your well practised or prepare well but it can also create a real mess if you’re in a rush or a little trigger happy. So we thought it would be helpful to put down a few tips to help you apply your silicone well and give it a clean, smart finish.
Silicone sealant can be tricky to work with and just as with most things done well; preparation is the key to success. So get your tools and materials together, read through the steps below, choose a small section to start with and visualise the process. From there take your time and don’t panic if you make a mistake. Speed and accuracy will come after each section so start small and build up as you go. Also, if it’s your first time using a sealant gun practice using it on a bit of cardboard first.
Tip 1. Use masking tape before you gun the silicone to save time later
Ever spent an hour scraping off paint telling yourself off for not taking thirty seconds to place a strip of masking tape? Same applies here. So do yourself a favour and put two lengths of tape down either side of the join.
Just make sure there enough space left either side for the sealant to grip. This will not only saves time but a lot of potential mess over your walls, furniture and your hands.
Tip 2. Apply the silicone in the join and around any edges
Take off the top of the S3 tube and place it in our caulk gun. Next, screw the nozzle on and cut the tip at an angle. Start at the rear corner and run a bead forward until you reach the end of the join.
Tip 3. Scrape away for a clean and professional finish
Pro’s with years of experience can usually skip this step, but if you’re out of practice, this should help you out. Time for the applicator toolkit! Choose the right one and merely run it firmly to get the required edge. This not only pushes the silicone into any gaps but it gives it an elegant, professional finish thanks to removing the excess.
Don’t overuse the tool before wiping clean or swapping or it will start dropping off onto other surfaces. Then, so the silicone doesn’t have time to dry, carefully peel away the masking tape away from the join.
Tip 4. Put the caulk gun down!
Keep alternating from running beads and then finishing them. Try not to be tempted to rush laying down all the beads before tidying them up because silicone starts to dry very quickly and finishing generally takes more time.
So if you’ve laid down a lot of silicone, you’ll find it too hard to clean away easily and potentially you’ll start creating more mess and get a weaker finish.