Most people ruin an otherwise-professional-looking caulk job by trying to finish it with a finger. News flash: moistening your finger with spit, applying dish soap, and taping off the area are “old contractor tales” that’ll leave you with a big mess. But before you give up and pay somebody to correct your mess, you might want to give Homax’s Perfect Bead caulk finisher a try.
Homax claims that the finisher “creates a smooth and professional caulk bead every time.” Its flexible rubber head forces latex, silicone, and acrylic caulks into cracks, while removing the excess. And its ergonomic handle should help keep you from tiring out if you’ve got a whole bathroom to caulk.
It’s easy to use: hold the tool at a 45 degree angle with both sides of the blades making contact, then apply minimal pressure while dragging it along the caulk bead. You can alter the bead size by adjusting the tool angle.
The manufacturer claims its plastic will hold up for the long haul, but since most Lowes stores carry the ‘finisher for under $3, we’re not concerned. Even if it only lasts for one job, it’s worth a look.
Perfect Bead Caulk Finisher [Homax]