Listing the Best Sealant Finishing Tools
Sealant finishing tools are extremely useful and important for getting your silicone sealants to finish neatly and tightly into a crack or gap.
We are going to be discussing and listing to you the best sealant finishing tools for your tool kit. Whether you are a professional glazier, or if you are just here to find out about sealant finishing tools for your own personal tool kit - we have got you covered in this article.
These handy tools can be used in a range of scenarios and are both useful and inexpensive - so there is no reason why anyone should be without at least one in their toolbox. Read on to learn more about the best sealant finishing tools.
What Are Sealants?
Sealants are a type of material that is used to seal fluid against movement. They are used in the construction and the glazing industry to prevent fluids and other substances from passing through surfaces, joints and openings.
Sealant offers superior elasticity and water resistance because it primarily contains silicone as the main ingredient. This is why it makes it super beneficial for those in the glazing industry.
The Reasons for Using a Finishing Tool?
When the sealant has been applied to a crack, it will overflow causing a messy look. It is near impossible to apply sealant evenly without the need for a tool to help smooth it down. Sealants are meant to look smooth and seamless and this is why sealant finishing tools are excellent.
Owning at least one type of sealant finishing tool will be money well spent, they are super durable and can be used for a variety of different jobs.
Once a continuous bead of sealant has been applied to the area that needs sealing, smooth it down by running your tool of choice along the sealant. This will neatly trim down the sealant whilst pushing it tightly into the gap for a smooth and professional-looking finish. Minimum effort is required with one of these handy tools.
Some of the Best Sealant Finishing Tools
We give you a list of some of the best sealant finishing tools you can buy. You can make the most out of any sealant job.
Sealant Finisher Tool Set
A pack of four sealant finishers are maybe all you will ever need. Complete with several different angled edges all in one handy set for whatever your sealant finishing needs.
Each tool in this set measures approximately 40x40mm, making them small and easy to transport around with you in your tool kit. No need for added pressure, the edges on these tools are ideal for all standard joints that need sealing. Perfect for sealing windows, wash basins and mirrors.
Mastic Sealant Finisher
A must-have accessory for sealing mastics is the mastic sealant finisher. Mastics tend to be more of an adhesive and are used for jobs such as adhering to a countertop or laminate flooring. Although a different kind of sealant, mastics still require to be sealed neatly and so this is where the mastic sealant finisher is useful to have in your kit. Complete with two right-angled edges, as well as an obtuse and acute for the perfect mastic sealant joints any time.
This finisher is made from non-stick plastic and has ultra-fine edges for creating neat and tidy joints.
Angular Sealant Finisher
Lightweight and flexible, this easy-to-use angular sealant tool is good for sealing joint surfaces. This tool is versatile, is 85x90mm and weighs only 40g. The angled sealing tool is made from non-stick plastic to create perfect sealant joints every time without fail.
Sealant Jointing Tool
This next finishing tool has a handle. This lightweight jointing tool can be mounted onto a pole for that perfect sealant from a height. It can be used for finishing horizontal and vertical gaps in those hard-to-reach places. This tool will not let you down as it is firm enough to do the job right but will not mark or damage your glass in any way.
Before You Seal
Before you compete in achieving that perfect seal, it is important to remember that any worn or old seal must be removed before you continue. The old and weathered seal is likely to contain mould spores and mildew as well as not effectively holding a water-tight seal.
Sealing straight over the old seal might seem like a quick fix but it is never a good idea and your new seal will not last as long either.
How to Remove Old Sealant
A top tip to remember is that you can actually use your sealant finishing tool as a tool to help remove the old sealant. Use your tool with some silicone sealant remover as the most effective way for removing sealant. Make sure you have the right remove for the type of sealant that you are trying to remove.
Gently scrape away the silicon sealant with your finishing tool. Always clean the area well afterwards and dry completely before attempting to add the new sealant.
Alternatives to Sealant Finishing Tools
If you desperately need to do some sealant finishing and don’t have a tool to hand, do not worry. You can use your finger to press the sealant into the gap.
It is useful to moisten your finger before you do this so that the sealant doesn’t stick to your finger too much. If your finger becomes too caked in sealant you will not achieve that smooth finish. For more information on homemade sealant finishing tools then read our blog post.
Now that you have learnt all about the best sealant finishing tools, click here to read how to use sealant finishing tools correctly in more detail.
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