How to Caulk Around Escutcheons in a Replacement Faucet Set

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The escutcheon is the trim piece on a faucet set that is the protective plate that covers the hole for the faucet. Escutcheons usually have a gasket behind them to prevent water leakage. To prevent water seeping behind a replacement faucet set, the escutcheon can also be sealed with caulk. Caulking is an art; care must be taken to avoid sloppy and uneven caulk beads. You can practice on a sample board before applying the final caulking to perfect your technique.

Things You'll Need

  • Silicone caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Utility knife
  • Razor blade
  • Determine the color of the caulk. Clear works with all decors.

  • Insert the caulk tube into the caulk gun with the tube nozzle pointing away from the trigger.

  • Cut a 45-degree angle off the caulk tube tip with a utility knife. The farther down you cut from the tip, the larger the caulk bead will be. If you cut the tip off about three-quarters of an inch from the top, you will have a one-eighth- to one-quarter-inch caulk bead. In most cases it is better to caulk twice and build up the caulking than to apply too much caulk and have to clean up the mess.

  • Squeeze the caulk trigger slowly and push the tip around the escutcheons. This technique will lay out a nice smooth bead and eliminate the need for "finger wiping." Do not pull the caulking gun toward you when applying; this technique causes puddling of the caulk bead and will not produce a smooth bead.

  • Clean any spilled or excess wet silicone caulk with mineral spirits. You can also wait for the caulk to dry and trim the excess with a razor blade.

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