Seal the deal with sealants

Sealing: Waterproof everything with the right sealant

Our sealants will give you a professional edge that is sure to attract the right kind of attention. You’ll have choose the right sealant for the job and use the proper technique for best results. We’ve got you covered with some expert sealing tips.

What are sealants?

First, let’s get a clear definition of sealants. A sealant is a flexible material used to fill in cracks and gaps that appear between various materials—especially along edges, corners, and where one material meets another.

Sealants are used for a variety of construction jobs in and around the house. They create a waterproof barrier, limit dust, sound or drafts. Where two different materials meet, a good sealant has to bond with both, even if you’re just filling a gap. There is a right sealant for every job.

Sealing tips: Application checklist

  1. Remove any old silicone or anything else that might prevent good adhesion.
  2. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the area that requires sealing, then allow it to dry.
  3. Squeeze silicone from the tube at a 45-degree angle to the surface.
  4. Smooth the bead of silicone with your finger or a silicone tool. This pushes the silicone into the gap and creates a tight seal.
  5. If you don’t get the results you are looking for, you can always wipe everything off and try again.
  6. Allow it to dry thoroughly. See directions on the label.

Tip: Mouldy silicone sealant makes everything look bad. Bleach or a commercial mould remover will clean away the mould. Make sure to use a sealant that contains fungicide to prevent the mould from returning.

Adhesive sealant: The silicone for double duty

Adhesive sealants are used for applications requiring a strong bond between surfaces as well as gap sealing. Make sure to use a product that won’t crack, peel, or shrink.

Here are some additional tips for a clean and professional look:

  • Cut the tip of the tube at the place and angle that will produce the size bead you will need to fill the gap.
  • Be sure to apply consistent pressure as you squeeze the lever so you will get an even bead.
  • Allow for a sufficient drying time of 6 hours before use or the sealant will be tacky to touch and may smear.

Choosing the right silicone sealant

There are many factors when choosing the correct sealant. First, what is the purpose of using sealant? Is it to fill a gap? Will it need to seal out moisture? Is the silicone sealant you are considering compatible with the material it’s going to be applied to? Will it also be used to bond the two surfaces together as an adhesive?

Keeping these questions in mind while checking out various types of sealant will help you decide on the right one for your project. Also, make sure to choose a sealant ready for exterior use if you plan on using it outdoors.

Finally, many silicone sealants come in a variety of colours. Choose one that will match or compliment the colour of the material being sealed.

If you need an excellent adhesive sealant, try Loctite Clear Silicone Sealant. It is a great choice for many applications, indoors or out. It forms a waterproof and protective seal and can be used on metal, glass, rubber, porcelain, tile, and many other materials.

Save time with the ultimate repair sealant

Want to save time on your next remodeling project? Reach for Loctite RE-NEW. It allows you to repair mouldy, faded, or cracked sealant without having to remove it. Simply apply RE-NEW over the old sealant. It creates a long-lasting seal and contains a potent fungicide, making it mould and mildew resistant. Make a shower, tub, or sink look new again in just minutes.

Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Wipe down the old silicone sealant with a household cleaner and damp cloth.
  2. Apply Loctite RE-NEW at about a 45-degree angle right on top of the old sealant.
  3. The integrated auto-smoothing applicator means great results without getting your fingers into the sealant.
  4. Allow to fully dry.