caulk smoothing liquids

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Old 11-24-13, 10:23 AM
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caulk smoothing liquids

I often used a cauk smoothing liquid "Caulk-Mate" for painted surfaces. Seems to be no longer made. Anyone have a suggested replacement? Or how to make my own?

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I've caulked all my life but never heard of that product, I prefer to use a damp sponge or rag. Just use water but not too much or you'll affect the integrity of the caulking.
 
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I can also say I've never heard of any product like that before.

I've always just done it the old fashioned way.

A clean finger.
 
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Old 11-24-13, 11:20 AM
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I've used the finger too the nice thing about a rag or small sponge is it puts a layer between your skin and what you are caulking - less likely to get a splinter
 
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Old 11-24-13, 11:27 AM
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I've heard (but never tried) a drop of dishwashing liquid in a cup of water and lightly agitated works very well. I normally just used my finger and a damp rag to wipe it off for latex caulk.
 
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I've used dish soap when tooling some solvent based caulks on large joints, mostly to keep the knife clean and not sticking. Have also used an old brush dipped in the appropriate solvent - a lot depends on how you need the caulking to look. BUT for most latex caulks, a little skill on the application and a little water and rag/sponge to keep your finger clean is all you need.
 
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Old 11-24-13, 12:28 PM
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I let the caulk set about ten minutes then use a sponge and rinse frequently in a bucket of clean water. Wring it till it is just moist.
 
 

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