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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