How to get a perfect silicone bead

How to get a perfect silicone bead

it can be difficult getting a neat
silicone line but there are a lot of tools out there now that will help
tremendously when you are applying silicone sealants I’ve got a couple of
them here this one is a Fugi and this one is the fugenboy you can get more
tools than this this is just a small selection but these are very good at
what they do we’ll start off with the fugenboy kit that is a kit that it
just has three profiling tools in it and each one of the profiles is
different depending on which size bead of silicone you require you’ve then got
one that has got round profiles on it so that is useful but you can get a better
kit than that well I’ll take a look at the fugi kit which is what I
prefer to use this kit is incredibly good because it does enable you to get some
really neat silicone lines we have a few tools in here all of which are different
profiles on them for doing different jobs this kit will probably contain
everything you need to do most profiles with silicone if we take a close-up of
one of the siliconing tools you’ll see that it actually as the size stamped on there
so we’ve got five mil seven mil 8 mil and 10 mil beads that will give you the
corresponding size bead so these three tools in that side all of which do
different profiles and two in this side and on this side you actually get these
which you can fit on there and they’re coming useful if you are for profiling
against a tiled surface or something where do these gaps that will enable you
to slide past without getting stuck in the grout line I’ve now placed at the
silicone sealant in the silicone gun and I cut the nozzle to approximately 45
degrees at the end I’m now going to apply a bead of silicone and I’m
purposely gonna do messy silicone line so this is not going to be the neatest
line ever I’m now going to use the fugi tool to tool off that silicone that will give us a neat silicone line you’ll notice I’ve
got a lot of excess sealant there you can actually reuse that if you wanted to
but I’m actually going to throw that away so I’m just going to wipe it off
using a wet wipe and then that can be binned the silicone actually wipes
off the tools very easily indeed so it is quite easy keeping them clean so that
is a seven millimeter bead I’ve actually set this up using some dark wood
so that you could actually see the white silicone line and see exactly how neat
that is if you put a bead on and you think it looks a little bit too big you
can always go over it with a smaller bead so this time I’m going to go over that
using the 5 millimeter profile it’s quite simply a case of pushing the tool
in until it touches both surfaces and then slowly move it from one side to the
other and that will give you an extremely clean silicone line like that
if you decide that you don’t like the silicone line you can actually remove it
whilst it’s still wet using this shaped tool that is 90 degrees in the corner I
have now rigged this up just to demonstrate how to use the guides on the fugi let’s say
I put in an 8 millimeter bead in this corner using the fugi once you start
drawing the tool in the correct direction you’ll notice that once you
get to the grout line there it sort of sticks and goes in makes it difficult
and then the same thing will happen again when you get to the grout line
there that is why you use the guide the guide simply fits on there like that and as
you can see it’s rounded at the end there you can then put that on there and
you can pull it smoothly along there and it will follow the tiles perfectly
without sticking I must admit that I always used a fugi kit because of the
two guides that come with that they’re level you to do really neat
silicone lines between two tiled surfaces
I’ll now give you a quick demo on this using some white silicone again and we’ll
try and get the neatest line we can using the fugi again I’m just going
to apply a bead of silicone to that you don’t need to get it incredibly neat or
anything I actually try and make it as un-neat as I can I’ll then get the
fugi tool and I will tool off this be of silicone if you take a look at that
line now it is almost perfect it is a lot better than using your finger or
anything like you can get an incredibly neat bead using these kinds of tools
so there we have some tools that will help you to get a neat silicon line you
can also get some tapes that you stick in position before you Silicone I’ve
never actually tried those I always tend to prefer to use the Fugi kit

76 thoughts on “How to get a perfect silicone bead

  1. I recommend applying the silicone , then spray with soapy water before using the tool as this will prevent the sealant to stick to the tiles & the tool.

  2. Hi I need to run a thin line of decorators caulk down my stair stringers to fill a small gap to the wall. My worry is it will score / scratch the paint on the walls (not an issue with baths / tiles). Any feedback?

  3. As a proffesional tiler I always spay water with soap on before cleaning up the beads, that prevents the silicone from sticking to your tools and other unwanted areas 🙂

  4. three words, ELECTRIC CAULK GUN! Changed my entire jobsite when it comes to caulk. You can have an 18 year old kid whose never caulked even once and his bead will look like the one on this title pic. You'll never go back once you buy one and they are cheap to! Trust me you'll thank me for this!

  5. I worked with glass brick and sometimes had to silicone up to 40 mm try doing that and leave a nice straight line vertical and horizontal,I once had to silicone someone else’s disaster on a semi circular wall in one of the hottest days of the year so that as soon as the silicone left the nozzle it began to cure ‘set” the only way I found how to do a correct job was back to the masking tape and a bucket of water and some fairy liquid, fairy was best as it was more concentrated,these tools are good for around baths and sinks with a 5 to 10 mill joint but with larger and rougher surfaces then it’s back to the old builders tricks of the trade and making sure you prepare properly, the old adage 90% preparation 10% perspiration is always on a proper tradesmans mind

  6. If you want to smooth out your caulking bead use dish soap as this will act as a lubricant and give you a smooth finish.
    Try it.

  7. I've used a wet finger for years, and also tried these kinds of tools – why do I continue to get a thin layer of sealant up onto the tile? I must not be pressing hard enough? You made it look like magic!

  8. I use the tools myself. I noticed that on some surfaces, such as glossy tile there is a residue film left behind on the upright and flat surfaces.

  9. I purchased this kit on the strength of Youtube videos. I found it messy and requires a great deal of keeping things clean. On a small bead around a kitchen sink I got fairly good results. Around a shower which required a thicker bead 12mm it was difficult and there was a lot of drag and wastage. I settled for a not so good finish and decided to go over it again with a top layer using the 14mm tool when it was dry. This provided a better finish. The problem is getting the right amount of caulk on the surfaces before tooling it out. With thicker beads it is difficult to judge and difficult to get good edges (and no pockets) without going over it multiple times. I expect more practice would improve things. This is perhaps not the easy to use wonder tool, but with practice could work better. My previous method was two lines of tape framing the bead, apply silicone and smooth out with wet finger which I dip in white spirit to prevent sticking. Then remove tape and apply a light finger on the edges to smooth them out. However, thicker beads are still a problem to get to look good and I had hoped this tool would solve that.

  10. Cut the tip straight across and push it, don't pull it. It pushes the silicon e or caulk into the space and fillets it. A wet finger or spoon will pretty things up if needed.

  11. Handyman I have a curved shower enclosure which I need to silicone- which of the Fugi profiles would be good for a curved area? Thanks

  12. Handyman at some point if you have time and are able to it would be useful to see how to make recessed silicone lines with the tool. Thanks as ever for a great video.

  13. Question, I hired a contractor to install a stand up shower, with tile on 2 walls down to the shower pan. And 2 sides of glass. The contractor caulked the bottom of the shower pan between the tile and the pan and nothing is sticking. 3 or 4 times now. And I'm stumped. First it wasn't sticking to the shower pan, now I just tried mono ultra caulking and that didn't stick to the tile. Any thoughts???? 🙁

  14. I'm going to install a new shower tray and enclosure this weekend. I'm using a fugi 5 kit for the silicone. What size do people recommend a use on the fugi blade for the shower tray ,6,8,10,16? Also the same question for silicone the shower enclosure panels?

  15. Rushed to Amazon to get this after your video – twenty quid for six pieces of silicon in a plastic box?! Pass.

  16. Unbelievable. The years I've done siliconing and never once got anything like this finish. How do you find out about tools like this? Absolutely gripped by your videos.

  17. I have seen people applying a soapy wanter (spraying) just before using the tool. Do you think there is an advantage doing so?

  18. Hi, nice info as per usual. I've a problem on mine due to the floor tiles that are are quite deep ridged any ideas to stop the sealant entering said grooves?

  19. small idea for the wasted silicone, use it outside to plug hole from the different wiring job that were done around the house , electricity line going in, etc

  20. Superb video and thanks very much for sharing the beautiful results that can be obtained using the FUGI. I have one question. I'm about to use some EVO-STIK 007 (for a better Bond of course – Ha! Ha! Ha!) adhesive/sealant, but they tell me it contains no silicone (but MS-Polymer instead, where presumably any silicone has been modified). Your video shows how easy it is to clean the FUGI after use when using silicone. Would it be just as easy to clean using the 007 or would the fact that it is also an adhesive make it harder to clean. Indeed have you yourselves even used the FUGI with 007? Many thanks.

  21. Thanks for your advice it helped using methylated spirit and a very sharp chisel 👍👍. Took my time and very carefully scrapped the glue off. Have a look at the video on my channel for end result

  22. What a truly brilliant video – thank you for uploading this most helpful video guide. I like your style and I am going to subscribe.

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