Advice for Using Sealant Finishing Tools
Sealant finishing tools are exactly what the name suggests, a tool used to finish off your sealant. These tools are typically plastic and designed with specific angles for use on all sizes of sealant gaps. This includes smaller sizes for use on standard joints and larger sizes for joints bearing excessive loads and pressure. At GGR Glass we have been trading for almost 30 years and have a range of all the best glazing tools on the market. Below we discuss the best ways to use sealant finishing tools.
What to Avoid
Although finishing sealant may seem simple there are plenty of areas you can go wrong if you are inexperienced or are sealing something new.
Homemade Sealant Finishing Tools
Although this is a cheap and quick alternative to going out and buying a new sealant finishing tool it can cost you more in the long run. Homemade tools can leave a lumpy and patchy finish on your joints which at best can result in an unattractive finish or at worst can result in leakages and mould along your window or bath sealant edges.
Don’t Leave Old Sealant
While it may be a quick fix to put sealant over the existing silicone it may end up covering existing issues. If your old sealant is mouldy then it is very likely mould will grow through the new sealant too. Or if it is patchy the new sealant will struggle to hold onto the sealant and fall off or become patchy as well.
Don’t Use the Wrong Size Tool
Sealant joints vary in size which is why most sealant finish tools have a range of angles to accommodate this. Using the wrong size tool can mean that you might not achieve a tight seal which can cause leaks. Our Sealant Finisher Tool Set however contains four different pieces which can be used to finish up to 16 types of joints.
How to Get the Perfect Finish with Your Sealant Finishing Tools
You should start by removing any old sealant and cleaning up the area to ensure the new sealant will stick.
After setting up your sealant and sealant gun test it on some scrap material so you can get used to the flow.
Once you feel confident apply the sealant from one end of the joint to the other.
Now the sealant is applied grab your sealant finishing tool and ready the corner with the size you need.
Press your tool against the sealant and run it along the entire length. You should maintain even pressure to ensure a slick finish.
Best Sealant Finishing Tools
When applying sealant for a customer or around your home it is important to get the best finish possible. Meaning using the best tools is essential to achieving this. If you are applying sealant as part of your job or fixing up your own home, it is worth investing in professional tools as you will likely use them many times in the space of years. By using the best tools, you can also save time and money as you will not need to correct mistakes you may make.
Ensuring all old sealant is removed before applying a new layer is vital to getting the best finish. Our professional Deglazing Tool is designed to remove the toughest sealant around window units. Supplied with left and right blads as well as a removable two-position handle the user is able to reach award spots of sealant. With two handles you can maintain a sturdy grip on the product for safe and precise sealant removal.
Circular Deglazing Tool
This tool has been created with safety and practicality in mind. The handle has a protective knuckle guard on the handle which reduces accidents that many occur when handling glass. The circular disc ensures smooth and easy cutting inside the glazing pocket. This is one of the handiest tools for removing structurally bonded units.
Sealant Finisher Tool Set
This pack of 4 sealant finishers offers 11 corner sizes for different sealant edge types ranging from 0m to 20mm. This selection of sizes means you will always have the correct size finisher for all of your sealant needs. Being small and lightweight they are easy to store or carry in your toolbox so there is no reason to ever be without them.
Sealant Jointing Tool
This tool is ideal for finishing sealant in hard-to-reach places due to its hollow handle that can be mounted to a pole. The specially designed plastic head will not mark glass and the angled edge is able to smoothly finish flush sealant joints and create clean lines.
At GGR Glass we are experts in all things glass, and we are constantly introducing new and advanced tools to the market. If you need help choosing the right tools for your next project contact us here for our advice.