Caulk your windows and doors in 5 easy steps

STEP 1: Choose the right window and door caulk so you don't have to do this again and again.

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Caulk your windows and doors in 5 easy steps.

STEP 1: Choose the right window and door caulk so you don't have to do this again and again.

Sealing windows and doors with caulk helps keep the harsh outdoor elements from coming in. But moisture, extreme temperatures and the sun's UV rays can cause acrylic caulk to lose its flexibility and degrade. Instead, choose a 100% silicone or paintable silicone caulk. GE-branded silicone window and door caulks create a long-lasting, flexible, waterproof seal that never shrinks or cracks.

Acrylic caulks and so-called "silicone-tough" acrylics can harden, crack and crumble over time, so they may need to be replaced to prevent leaks, mold growth and energy loss. Here's a question: If you can wash caulk off with a little soap and water, how long will it protect your home against the forces of nature?




STEP 2: Clean the surface.

Remove old window or door caulk. Typically, it needs to be cut, scraped or chipped away from the joints of your window or door. Use a utility knife, putty knife or painter's multi-tool. Thoroughly rinse the area with soap/cleanser and wipe off excess water.

TIP: Wiping the joint with alcohol or window cleaner ensures no residue is left behind.


STEP 3: Open the tube and seal.

Cut nozzle of your window and door caulk tube to the desired bead size. Pierce inner seal with seal punch found on most caulk guns. Insert cartridge into caulk gun. Squeeze with even, consistent pressure in order to control the rate the caulk exits the tube.

TIP: Apply masking tape to either side of a joint to create a straight edge before applying caulk around your windows and doors.




STEP 4: Smooth the seal.

Use your finger or wet caulk-smoothing tool to smooth caulk into joint within two to five minutes.

TIP: If you applied masking tape in the previous step, remove immediately after smoothing the seal.


STEP 5: Clean up.

Before your window and door caulk cures, wipe away excess sealant on surface, hands and tools with a dry cloth.


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Where to Buy

Find GE-branded 100% silicone and paintable silicone caulk near you.

How Much Do I Need?

One 10.1 ounce tube is enough to caulk three standard doors and four windows.

SHOPPING LIST

See a list of materials you'll need for your kitchen caulking project.

Recommended Products

100% silicone, permanently waterproof caulk formulated to withstand all weather conditions.

30-minute rain-ready, mold-resistant, durable, all-weather protection caulk for windows, doors, attics and basements.

30-minute rain-ready caulk for windows, doors, siding, trim and moulding. Silicone II Paintable Silicone caulk combines the durability and adhesion performance of 100% silicone with the paintability of an acrylic. Silicone II Paintable Silicone caulk can be brush- or roller-painted in as little as 30 minutes, or spray painted immediately.

30-minute rain-ready caulk with extra flex to help endure extreme joint movement in windows, doors, attics and basements.

GE Supreme Paintable Silicone Window & Door caulk combines the outstanding durability and adhesion performance of 100% silicone with the paintability of acrylic. Supreme Paintable Silicone can be painted with a brush or roller after just 30 minutes or spray painted immediately. 30-minute rain-ready.

Where to Buy

Find GE-branded 100% silicone and paintable silicone caulk near you.

How Much Do I Need?

One 10.1 ounce tube is enough to caulk three standard doors and four windows.

SHOPPING LIST

See a list of materials you'll need for your kitchen caulking project.