Are you installing a new basin in your bathroom? Or, perhaps the silicone beading around your existing bathroom fittings or kitchen counters needs to be replaced? How do you get perfect silicone beading? Silicone beading is something that should be almost invisible. It’s usually only noticed if there’s something wrong, such as mould or low-quality initial installation.
In my experience, budget friendly holiday accommodation is usually where one sees the worst examples of silicone beading. The lumps and smears trap dirt making it look worse.
I know you don’t want this in the sanctuary of your own bathroom. So, how do you get that perfect silicone beading? Here are some tips and tricks from Kevin and Louis.
As with any DIY job, you need a few tools.
- If you’re using a large tube of silicone you’ll need a caulking gun
- Paper towels (aka Carlton roll or similar)
- Masking tape
- Your hands
- Silicone sealant of choice to fit application
Process for Perfect Silicone Beading
And this is the process:
- Ensure the area in question is clean of dust and old silicone beading, excess grout, etc.
- Tape the sides of the gap that is to receive the fresh silicone, leaving about 2mm on each side of the gap
- If using a large tube with a caulking gun, prepare the nozzle for the silicone by cutting it a slight angle to best suit the application
- Run your caulking gun along the gap, leaving a nice even strip of silicone
- Run your finger along the wet silicone to wipe off the excess. You may need a few runs. Wipe the excess off on the paper towel. On the last run, go slowly and smoothly in one continuous run so as to not develop any ridges.
- While the silicone is still wet, carefully remove the masking tape
- Run your finger along the strip once more, carefully and in one fluid motion in order to remove the tiny step on the edge caused by removing the masking tape
Health and Safety
Silicone and acrylic sealants are a mild irritant for your skin. Should you decide not to wear a glove while following the above steps, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after completing the job. Make sure the space in which you are working is adequately ventilated.