The size of the tip governs the amount of material dispensed and is crucial to getting good results. Pull the plunger of a caulking gun all the way back and insert a tube of the product you chose. In general, you should make the hole the same size as the gap you need to fill, but if the gaps are irregular, try to find a median size that will fill the wide ones without creating too much excess on the narrow ones. Squeeze the trigger repeatedly until caulk is visible inside the tip.

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As soon as it begins to emerge, begin moving the gun smoothly along the gap. Depress the pressure-relief lever next to the trigger when you reach the end of the bead, then lift the tip away and cover it immediately with a rag. No-drip caulking guns have a notched rod that allows you to relieve the pressure on the plunger by rotating the rod. Clean excess caulk from your finger frequently with a rag and clean your finger with acetone when the job is done.

Most products come in tubes that fit into a standard caulking gun with a trigger that advances a plunger to dispense material from the tip. If it’s too large, excess caulk can ruin the bead between the backsplash and the wall or the sink and the countertop, which are the two places you are likely to caulk. Choose a clear product or one that matches the color of the countertop.

Squeeze the trigger a few times to advance the plunger and hold the tube in place. The tip is tapered, and the farther you cut from the end, the larger the hole will be. Hold the gun at a 45-degree angle with the tip almost touching the gap and squeeze again to make caulk come out. Material will keep coming out even after you release pressure, and using the rag will keep it off the countertop. Keep a rag handy even when you use this type of gun, because the flow of material doesn’t stop immediately. This procedure is called tooling, and though you can do it with a rounded plastic tool made for the job, your finger is easier to control. Store an unused tube of caulk by pushing a long nail into the tip, then wrapping a rag around the tip.

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I was more wondering why it hadn’t been caulked in the first place. I personally feel that once in place, silcone is probably the most durable. I once was waiting in line at the paint store counter when a woman came in looking for advice.

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They used acrylic caulks both in the corners of countertop/backsplash and backsplash/wall. And the thing is, it doesn’t provide more protection against mold than latex. There’s an inside to the cabinet under the sink so you can’t see whether water is getting behind the sink/cabinet.

You can test it by having someone splash water against it while someone is underneath in the cabinets with a light (and a towel just in case) looking for leaks. If you caulk one done like this anyway, you’ll create a dead-air space which if any moisture gets in, will likely grow moldy and odorous so don’t just caulk, test it first- then caulk only if it’s needed.

I was thinking of applying silicone caulk at this joint to prevent water from getting behind the sink. I just had to recaulk a shower due to moldy silicone, failed moldy silicone at that. It seems silly to put in a counter with a sink and -not- have some sort of sealant to prevent water going behind the counter. She had just had crown molldings installed in her entire house and the “painters” had caulked them all with silicone! I learned the hard way that silicone absorbs nicotine and it cannot be cleaned off! Silicone can be a bugger to remove, but it’s my choice for these applications.

You can test it by having someone splash water against it while someone is underneath in the cabinets with a light (and a towel just in case) looking for leaks. If you caulk one done like this anyway, you’ll create a dead-air space which if any moisture gets in, will likely grow moldy and odorous so don’t just caulk, test it first- then caulk only if it’s needed.

Best Way To Caulk The Seam Between Our Backsplash and Kitchen Counter? by

Best way to caulk the seam between our backsplash and kitchen counter?

We have a marble counter and backsplash, and in the area behind the sink the caulk is deteriorating. It’s not a forever fix and needs to be touched up occasionaly, but it’s a much better solution than just grouting that joint. To apply silicone, clean and dry the area, apply a small bead, then spray the area with soapy water. Kitchen remodel plans: can anyone share any tips on how to pick the best options?

The flexibility of the caulk allows it to expand and contract without cracking out like normal grout. To get it extra clean and depending on what type of caulk was there before, you can use baking soda and a rag to remove hard water build up and caulk residue. Water based caulks are easier to work with, but silicone has it’s advantages. This will keep the silicone from spreading up the edge of the splash or onto the counter.

The waterbased caulk can be applied in a small bead and then cleaned up/smoothed with a wet rag.

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Try using a small amount of thinner or other cleaner that dries with little or no residue in an inconspicuous place to test for possible damage to the finish. Laminates are sheets of material that is bonded to a base – in the case of counter tops and back splashes this is wood or some type of particle or fiberboard. Look for up or down-turned edges and feel for bubbles or air pockets under the laminate. Do not extend the de-lamination by lifting too high as this can risk breaking any existing bond and the even the laminate itself.

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This is a very important step, and the more time allowed to dry, the better the repair will be.

A paper towel pressed into the areas and inspected after being removed should prove if water had been kept away during the drying time. It will be impossible to get the contact cement all the way to to the point where a factory bond exists. When ready to join, start from the edges and work to the center so that the extra cement will be forced further still to the factory bonded point. Apply the tape evenly so that the desired amount of exposure of both horizontal and vertical surfaces from the seam is visible.

Cut the tip of the caulking tube (at any angle that works best for you as determined by your “practice runs”) to make an opening about equal to the mask width. While relieving the “catch” mechanism (locking tab around the rod at the handle end of the caulking gun or providing a 1/4 turn of the rod or which ever way your gun operates) pull the rod as far out of the gun as it will travel. Slowly squeeze the trigger while watching for caulk to become visible at the end of the nozzle. Have a paper towel or rag ready for any excess caulk that will continue to slowly ooze out. By providing steady pressure to the caulk gun trigger and moving along the seam at a steady speed at the same time, acceptable results should be obtained. A bare finger however, wet with saliva seems to work best and is the way it is done most often in the field. Starting at one end, press the tool or finger into the bead and wipe evenly towards the opposite end. When “tooling” the caulk, work the edge of the caulk near the tape edges nearest to the seam to be as thin as possible , leaving the bulk of the caulk directly over the seam. Do this several times to ensure caulk has permeated the space between sections to prevent water from entering. Caulk on the surface of the tape should be of minimal thickness – practically transparent at the edge tape’s edge.

It should come up in one piece and there should be no wet caulk bridging the gap between the tape and the laminate as it is lifted away. The thinner the caulk is at the tapes edge, the better the results will be. The large tubes should be used at once, as they seldom last very long after initial opening even when recapped. Learn the “feel” of the tools and how pressure and on the tools change the output and function. To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time.

A plastic putty knife / scraper will minimize scratching of finished surfaces. Use a cleaning agent that can cut through soap, yet not damage the surface finish.

If water has been allowed to seep under the laminate for longer than a brief time, there is a good chance that the laminate is no longer bonded to the wood base underneath.

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Shutting off the water can help prevent accidental usage in extreme cases. If still damp, allow additional drying time or add a fan to speed drying; otherwise apply contact cement as per instructions on the container.

For this reason, apply the cement as far as practical and add extra at the furthest point you can reach.

When satisfied, apply even pressure to the laminate against the wood backing with weights, wedges, etc. Painters tape, masking tape or any tape that doesn’t leave residue will work fine. Pierce the seal of the tube by inserting a nail or other thin object into the tip until the seal is punctured. Load the caulk tube into the caulking gun by inserting bottom end into the handle end of the gun. Squeeze the trigger repeatedly until pressure is felt at the trigger. Instantly stopping this slow oozing can be accomplished by relieving the pressure on the rod by the gun – release the “catch” of the rod as described above. Tooling is done for two reasons: it forces the bead into the seam void and it provides a smooth bead surface that makes cleaning easier. Wipe built-up excess caulk from your finger or tool as needed with paper towels or rags, and re-wet finger before repeating. Do not work too large an area or waste too much time as after the caulk begins to “skin over” tooling will be difficult and result in wrinkling the surface. Apply thin bead directly over seams and press firmly in as you wipe into seam with wet finger.

Wipe away any excess caulk on the surface of the laminate with a damp paper towel or rag. Check the caulk on surface of the tape to ensure it is no longer wet. The small tube has the advantage of the ability to get into tight places that the larger caulking gun can not reach. While 100% silicone caulk is extremely durable, there are other types with different formulations.

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If you’ve never worked with caulk before, practice on scrap before tackling your counter or sink. Try running beads of caulk with a tip cut at 45 degrees, but have the tip oriented different ways to see the resultant bead. Use the tip angle and orientation with which you feel most comfortable. Use of 100 % silicone caulk generally stands up best, however it may not stick to some materials. Also, different manufacturers state the application on each tube, if unable to determine – ask store clerk for recommendations. The hand held tubes are perfect for small jobs – and getting into tight spaces (between sink and backsplash).

If using small hand held tubes of caulk, the gun will not be needed. Plastic tools are desirable because they are less likely to damage finished surfaces and they can be “custom” trimmed easily to fit in tight areas.

A low soap and water solution can be used if adequate drying time is provided.

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Just carefully scrape it out using a stiff flat plastic scraper tool. It actually did it from the very beginning of having our quartz installed. Since scheduling this, every communication from the company refers to the necessity to not use it for 24 hrs as if we used it too soon in the first place, but we didn’t even have plumbing in for well over 24 hrs.

You should carefully remove all the original caulk first though, clean both surfaces well with acetone, make sure completely dry and use 100% silicone caulk. You should install whatever style of backsplash that you like.

How To Fill Gap Between Sink and Backsplash? by

Was there a cutout made in the granite to fit the drop in sink ? Is it the joint between the back splash and counter the area of concern?

Basically there is a channel between the sink edge and the backsplash edge.

Since the granite backsplash is much thicker the channel became much smaller. I will plan on adding an additional layer of caulk on both sides of the channel for better protection.

We just completed a kitchen remodel and have newly installed granite counter tops. This is going to be an obvious area of problems with water, cleanup, etc being so thin. Is there granite between the back lip of the sink and the back splash ?

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There actually was not much choice with placement due to cabinet size and sink size (depth of 22″). If the area is closed- ie no holes, and it has been properly caulked already, the easy solution is to keep a thin sponge handy at the sink and give it a quick wipe in that area when you’re finished using it for awhile.

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I understand that both the splash and the countertop will be attached to their respective surfaces with dabs of 100% silicone adhesive.

A paintable latex caulk when gone over by the painter should be un-seeable. And, depending on the skill of the applier and the waviness of the wall, you can get a caulk line that’s maybe 1/4″ thick or more. You guys have dealt with this thousands of times, and know what works, what looks good and what doesn’t. This process allows the splash to stay adhered to the deck at all times as things will eventually settle and shift the hot melt will give way and allow the splash to move with the countertop while remaining tight to the deck. If the wall is white there is no reason to have it painted, we will also use clear in some cases.

If you have done much caulking you would understand how difficult if not impossible it is to use a colored caulking against a light colored wall with out having it bleed up the wall and look like crap. The walls would have to be pretty bad to leave a ¼ gap with a set on splash that usually will flex into the variations of the wall, there is only so much an installer can do. Because the rules change at our discretion, post at your own discretion.

A paintable latex caulk when gone over by the painter should be un-seeable. You know, the caulk line is never razor-straight; so what do you do? The top of the splash will be caulked with an acrylic-latex caulking that is paintable if necessary to match colored wall paint.

If the caulking needs to be matched to the wall color it is common practice to have the painters touch it up to match. I think you would find that a skilled painter would have no problem doing this without masking it off or making a mess. If you have done much caulking you would understand how difficult if not impossible it is to use a colored caulking against a light colored wall with out having it bleed up the wall and look like crap. Negative comments toward other vendors or manufacturers will be grounds for an immediate ban from the forum. Pricing, percentages and profit margins are prohibited and will be edited.

How To Cover An Unattractive Gap Between A Granite Counter Top and A Tile Backsplash by

Quarter-round and cove moldings are made to fit into a 90-degree corner like the one between a countertop and backsplash. If the gap is too wide to seal with silicone, narrow trim molding can solve the problem attractively. Quarter-round bows out and is often used along the bottom of baseboards. Measure a stick of wood or plastic quarter-round or cove trim molding to the length of the countertop, and mark it with a pencil. Sand both ends of the molding lightly to round off the front side of the cut edges and smooth away any roughness on both ends.

Open both tubes of a 2-part epoxy adhesive dispenser kit by removing the caps and cutting off the tips of the tubes with a utility knife, if necessary. The lower back side of the molding is the part that will contact the countertop.

Turn the molding over and press it into the corner gap between the granite countertop and the tile backsplash. Hold the molding in place, running your fingers back and forth along the molding as the adhesive sets, for as long as the epoxy manufacturer recommends for a proper bond. If desired, apply another bead of silicone along the bottom edge of the molding where it contacts the countertop. If the molding is stained or painted before installing, you’ll need to touch up the cut ends after installing it. The silicone along the upper edge of the molding seals out water and is more flexible than epoxy. If the gap is wider than 1 inch, consider installing a row of narrow, decorative accent tiles to fill the gap instead of covering it with molding.

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If the gap is too wide to seal with silicone, narrow trim molding can solve the problem attractively. Quarter-round bows out and is often used along the bottom of baseboards.

Quarter-round and cove moldings are made to fit into a 90-degree corner like the one between a countertop and backsplash. Cut the molding at the pencil mark with a hand saw or a power miter saw set at zero degrees. Clean the back edge of the countertop and the bottom edge of the backsplash with rubbing alcohol and a rag. Squeeze the trigger of the dispenser until the epoxy reaches the tips of the dispenser nozzles. Squeeze a continuous line of epoxy from both tubes at once across the lower back side of the molding. Don’t apply epoxy to the upper back side that will contact the backsplash. Align the ends of the molding with the ends of the countertop quickly, as epoxy has a fast setting time. Seal the top edge of the molding against the backsplash with a thin bead of clear silicone. Leaving the upper back side of the molding unglued allows the trim to move with the countertop as the house moves without breaking. If the countertop is very long, requiring more than one stick of molding, or if it turns a corner, you will need to miter the ends of the molding to fit together properly.

You can glue the molding with clear silicone, but it takes much longer to dry than epoxy adhesive.

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I was concerned about water seeping through though it looks tight to the counter. Then, take a razor blade to scrape/cut off any that oozed out so it had a nice, clean joint. It could stain the stone, so you’d want to try it first somewhere inconspicuous. Just wipe up any large spills when they happen, and don’t worry about it. An enhancing sealer will make the stone look like it is wet – this can bring out some of the natural colors and make it darker, but some people don’t like that.

Putting a bead of silicon on there now may be tough to get it to look good, but if you’re really concerned, seems like the only way as it probably would tear up the wall if you tried to remove it, and you might risk cracking the piece in the process. Three small children use it, and it does get a bit wet but there isn’t water splashing around on the counter. You won’t get any into the joint, but you could put a bead at the joint. You could try a bead of super glue, it is viscous enough where it might wick into the joint. I don’t think you need to worry, as if you got enough water on there, it would likely just flow out into the room or down the sink.

Note, some stones can absorb moisture, and if yours can and it didn’t have a sealer applied, you may want to do that.

A sealer will help prevent things that can stain from penetrating, and will slow moisture color changes. You’d have as much chance that it would flow off the front and sides onto the floor as trying to wick between the granite pieces and get to the wall. Wipe the counter off if it gets some standing water on it (hard with the sink and the edges open), and don’t worry about it. Keep in mind that a good sealer will also help repel moisture from wicking into that tight joint.

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Granite backsplash sits on top of the counter and is attached to the wall with silicone. Besides the sleek look of a perfectly matched counter and backsplash, one of the best features of granite backsplash of any height is that it is extremely easy to clean. You can care for it exactly the same as your counters, and you avoid all the grout line problems that come with tile. An extra few inches of granite will not change your overall countertop budget too much, and standard height backsplash can be installed at the same time as your counters so you don’t have to extend your renovation to include time for tiling. Bottom line, standard 4 in granite backsplash is a great, convenient way to go.

Mostly, these come down to the fact that 4-inch backsplash leaves your wall open to grease splashes and other flying foods. This is a downside for some, although it only requires a few more days of having your kitchen in transition. First, there is no denying the visual impact of granite on the walls. No grout lines for tile means a smooth surface, which is a luxurious look. Any spill and splashes come right off with a damp cloth and a bit of granite-safe cleaner. One unique possibility with full height backsplash is to choose a complementary stone for the backsplash instead of having it fabricated from your countertop material. Of course, this can be a bit more expensive than using the same stone on the counters and wall, but it’s nice to have the extra options. As mentioned, it requires more installation time, and it is difficult to remove and replace should you choose to go with tile at a later date. At the end of the day, granite backsplash is a stylish, reliable way to keep your walls clean and safe, whether you opt for standard 4-inch or full height backsplash.

Most homeowners have seen or heard of standard 4-inch high granite backsplash, but did you know that you can have full height granite backsplash that goes all the way from the counters up to the bottom of the cabinets? That means it will be the same thickness as the counter (3cm or 1 1/4 in).

A thin line of clear caulk is used to seal the right angles where the backsplash meets and wall and where it meets the counters so that no crumbs or dust gets stuck in small spaces. Another advantage to this type of backsplash is decorating flexibility. That means you can choose an edgy paint color or try a trendy tile above the backsplash, knowing that it can always be changed later down the road. A good way to solve this problem is to have full height backsplash installed behind the range and standard height in the rest of the kitchen.

The primary reasons homeowners choose full height backsplash over standard are looks and cleanliness. A single piece of natural material on the wall adds color and energy to the room. Secondly, there is no surface easier to clean quickly than granite. It’s hard to beat gorgeous and easy to maintain and clean all in one choice. Full height backsplash is, of course, more expensive than standard height. You should also keep in mind that you’ll have to have cutouts for all your electrical outlets.

It will last as long as your counters (years and years and years), and natural materials never go out of style.

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The latter are watertight from the factory and maintenance is pretty much eliminated. Additionally, there is a smaller length, often called a sidesplash, that is used running front to back on the short edge of the counter. To protect the particleboard core of the laminate, a bead of caulk should be used to seal the joint along the entire corner. Because the core of laminate counters is vulnerable to moisture, routine inspection of the caulk line is important to keep it sound, especially in the area directly behind the sink, which sees the most water. When cracks occur, caulking and regrouting are both viable options. This helps with cleaning issues and protects the substrate behind the tile. When the time comes, a simple re-caulking will bring this vulnerable location back up to tiptop shape.

This is all that is generally needed to prevent water from wicking its way under the backsplash. For professional kitchen backsplash installation, find a reliable tile contractor.

In these applications, special concerns should be addressed to limit potential water damage.

Laminate counters fall into two basic groups, the simple flat style and those with a molded curve in the back so that the counter and the backsplash are a single piece. Flat laminate countertops usually come with a separate piece of the same material, about 4″ tall and the same thickness and width as the counter. This is normally adhered to the wall with construction adhesive or adhesive caulk. Caulk that matches the color of the laminate or basic clear will look good and provide the protection you need. Grouted corners give a uniform appearance that matches the field tiles, but unfortunately this joint is very prone to cracking and separating. Fixing a cracked grout line is not terribly difficult and can be repeated over and over as needed. I mask off the gap between the counter and the wall tiles with some painter’s tape.

After the required cure time has elapsed, the grout is finished with a penetrating sealer. Having a waterproof and flexible barrier in the corner provides years of protection. As an added measure, some folks will caulk the corner again once the back is set.

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Remove as much as you can, wipe it down with a damp cloth, alcohol if it’s silicon. I prefer latex caulks, they’re easier to deal with and last just as long as silicon, without the hassles. Once you’ve done that, go back and run your finger along the entire joint in one sweep to fully smooth it into place. If using silicon, lay in the bead, then mist it with alcohol before laying off with your finger, the silicon won’t stick to the alcohol. Use a small amount of caulk, and use the tip to force it into the joint without plowing the material around the tip and making a mess. If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy. I would not use them in bathtubs or showers but a counter top would be fine.

The island is granite not sure what type of tile the backsplash is. As for installation, the key is to lay in a very small bead, then lay it off with your finger in 3″ strokes, cleaning your finger after each stroke. If using latex, a lightly wet finger will glide and smooth the caulk better. Remember, 3″ strokes, cleaning finger in between, then one full sweep.

Once laid off, if you need to add more caulk, add more caulk and repeat the layoff procedure. There are many that are water proof and mildew resistant now, which used to be only possible with silicones.

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We used a sanded grout that closely matches our tile color. We got sidetracked for about a week (okay, maybe 3) before finishing up our ‘splash. Unfortunately, it always seems to be those little things – those finishing touches and small detail projects – that get us all hung up for some reason. But eventually we got over it when we realized we were more likely to damage the work we’d already done by not completing these few, final details. For this vertical surface, however, we thought a spray-on kind might be easier. I learned that for caulk that goes between a counter and tile backsplash, it’s a good idea to get something that closely matches the color of your grout. When grouting your backsplash, you should be very careful to not get the grout between the tiles and counter. With this handy-dandy tool, the hubs could scrape and chip away with a bit more control.

Also, the unveiling of our finished (but as of yet un-accessorized) kitchen is coming soon!

We’ve managed to stay together too – but it’s been rough at points, hehe. I want to do a backsplash for my newly re-done kitchen too but am having problems deciding on a backsplash. In other words, with the rare exception, they don’t usually care how things look. If you can explain why something is functional — not just why it looks good, it’s harder for them to be against the idea. It’s probably good to mention here that you’re not just restricted to tiles. Thank you for suggesting how to approach the backsplash dilemna with my bf. I agree with you that having a functional yet attractive looking backsplash is the cherry on the sundae, so-to-speak. I seem to keep going for the tiles that are either too trendy or too plain – no in-between.

Because we have so many other “expressive” elements going on in the kitchen (busy floors and busy granite), we wanted the backsplash to blend into the background. You should end up with something close to the consistency of peanut butter.

Don’t worry about getting the grout on the tops of the tiles – it’s pretty much unavoidable. This is going to completely finish off the look of the backsplash, and you don’t want it cracking later. All we really had left to do was seal the grout and caulk along the gap between the counter and backsplash. For out guest bathroom floor, we had used a rub-on liquid grout sealer. Turns out it didn’t matter much because the stuff dripped like crazy. Getting a well sealed backsplash is so important when you’ve got a hubs who cooks! And yes, it’s very important – especially if you have a hubs who cooks messily! If you’re at all concerned about re-selling your house one day, something as small as a backsplash can set you apart from the competition. It finishes off a project well done and let’s face it, after all the hard working months it takes to finish these projects, who doesn’t want to finish it off with a bit of splash … backsplash, that is.

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It would be better to remove as much grout as possible so the new caulk can bite and hold in the joint rather than just on top of the old grout.

I was afraid that the correct way would be to remove the grout and then caulk it.

The wall moves in one way while the counter/cabinets move in another, and the movement shows as separation at the joint. By being on top you will either have a thin veneer of caulk that could also crack with movement or you would have to put a heavy bead down that would not look as nice. I ended up calling the kitchen company that installed our counter and backsplash.

Otherwise a stiff putty knife or whats known as a 5way tool, looks like a scraper, will do.

Are 4″ Granite Backsplashes Outdated? Please Help! by

Some still prefer to have 4″ backsplash installed permanently or temporarily until they decide what they want to do in the future if they not ready to spend money on the tile. I agree w/ emmarene in not mixing tile & granite on backsplash.

Advantage was my wife had kitchen utensil rack & magnetic knife holder on wall above backsplash. Fortunately we now have more counter space on which to put knife block & vessel for utensils. One of my serious pet peeves has now become how everyone is struggling with what back splash to put with granite! If the granite is simple/solid, then there are many more options for back splash tile.

You don’t want to install something new that is already outdated. I did have a weird backsplash with high and low walls and a window.

If someone buys a new home and they have a 4″ backsplash already and they decide to change it, some will leave the 4″ and run tiles on top, some will remove it. Choose a very simple and inexpensive ceramic subway in solid that blends or sets off counters and cabinets,, and enjoy it for five years. I don’t agree with that if the wall above the area is painted a color which helps to tie the cabinets to the granite successfully. In the old days we called such paint “enamel”, which no one says anymore.

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Remove top tape first then bottom and finally finish with finger across.

View these kitchen remodel ideas to get motivated for your kitchen makeover! Caulk can help keep water from seeping beneath the rim of your kitchen sink. Plus, you’ll want to gather all tools and supplies you need for the project before you start.

Remove top tape first then bottom and finally finish with finger across. Remove top tape first then bottom and finally finish with finger across. Shop our selection of in-stock kitchen cabinetry, custom cabinets, or opt for cabinet refacing. Caulk can help keep water from seeping beneath the rim of your kitchen sink.

A hefty new four-light fixture suits the scale of the large mirror and finishes the bath in style. Choose colors one or two steps apart on a paint chip and tape off the stripes with painter’s tape and a laser level. It& easy with our free printable guide and simple-to-install mosaic tile sheets. Plus, you’ll want to gather all tools and supplies you need for the project before you start.

It adds a touch of traditional style that can bring back the vintage vibes to your bathroom.

Best Caulking Techniques For Re Caulking A Tile Countertop by

Many times sanded latex caulk is use in the countertop seams that looks just like sanded grout. If the substance is hard and brittle then grout has been used between the countertop seams. If you see that there is hardened grout there and it is extremely hard to remove then it may be better to just fill any cracks in the grout with a similarly colored caulk. Using grout in this area will not allow for movement between the two tile planes. You can usually find a caulk that matches the existing color and texture of the tile countertop grout. Removing the old caulk and replacing it is the only way to ensure that the new caulk will look good and last for a long period of time. Removing the old caulk is best done with a razor blade scraper tool and a utility knife. After removing all of the old caulk some isopropyl alcohol or acetone can be used to remove any caulking residue that was left on the tiles. Each type of caulk has its advantages and disadvantages as far as the durability and look of the new caulk is concerned.

Sanded latex caulk comes in many colors that are manufactured to match the color and texture of grout. The properties of latex based sanded caulks make it much more susceptible to growing mold in it than 100% silicone caulk. Sanded latex caulk will look better on tile countertops than 100% silicone caulk but they will more readily attract dirt and be more difficult to clean than 100% silicone caulk. Unsanded latex caulk has the same properties as sanded latex caulk but it does not have bits of sand in it to give it a textured look. Unsanded latex caulk will have the same smooth texture of unsanded grout and is best used on tile countertops with thin grout lines that have unsanded grout. You should tape off the countertop tiles about 1/8 inch up from the edges of the tiles that need to be caulked. After you have taped up the edges of the tile countertop then it is time to apply the new caulk.

If necessary you can add more caulk and force it into the caulk lines before removing the tape. Then re-smooth the caulk with your finger while the bottom side tape is still intact.

Keeping the caulk dry by wiping it down when it becomes wet will help keep it from becoming dirty and moldy over time.

If you can stick a metal object in this material and see that it is soft and pliable then it is most likely sanded caulking.

If caulking has been installed between the countertop seams then the old caulking should be removed and replaced with new caulk. Caulk is much more flexible than grout and less likely to crack when there is movement between the tile countertop and the backsplash. Over time caulk can start looking dirty, black and moldy and need to be replaced. Trying to simply put new caulk over the old dirty caulk will cause the new caulking to peel away in a short period of time. The utility knife works best to cut through the old caulk so that the razor blade scraper tool can be used to scrape away the old caulk. There are three (3) main types of caulk that work best for re-caulking a tile countertop. Also 100% silicone caulk will be smooth and not have a textured look if the existing grout is sanded grout. Sanded latex caulk has bits of sand in it to give it a textured look of sanded grout. Most grout manufacturers will supply a full pallet of sanded caulks to match their sanded grout colors. This type of caulk should never be used in showers or other extremely wet environments.

If the tile countertop does not get exposed to too much water than a sanded latex caulk will work fine in most environment. Unsanded latex caulk will usually come in a full pallet of colors to match the grout manufactures existing unsanded grout color pallets. This type of latex caulk will not be as mold resistant and durable as 100% silicone caulk. Trying to apply an even bead of caulk freehanded will never give you straight and even caulk lines. Make sure that you apply the tape securely and in a straight line to make the new caulking look straight after it has been applied. Make sure to push in the new caulk so it fills all of the the area that need to be caulked. Smooth over the caulk 2-3 times to ensure that it is forced deep into the caulk lines and that there are not any high areas of caulk along the taped of caulk lines. Then you can remove the bottom side tape and smooth over the caulk line with your finger a final time. You should allow the caulk to dry for 24 hours before using your tile countertop.


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