How can you smooth out the caulk behind bathroom sink faucets?

by Gloria
My hands are too large to use my finger, and the area is so tight. it looks like crap!

  6 answers
  • Kim Kim on Jun 07, 2018

    Use a plastic spoon to smooth the caulk, wiping it off often, to make a nice edge.


  • Sheryl Gregory Sheryl Gregory on Jun 07, 2018

    Look for small plastic spoons, like infant feeders, or round & smooth down the handle of a plastic iced tea spoon. This may fit into that space. If not, I hope it sparks a creative idea for you. Use a very light touch when smoothing caulk with a tool, & don't use the tool dry. A moist tool, like a moist finger, keeps it smoother. Practice. Then try to get your final finish done in one "take" to keep it smooth. Clean off the tool if you do have to lift and restart.

    Or, learn to do as the pros do. Don't PULL the whole round bead of caulk as you drag the tube across the joint. Rotate the tube so the angle cut on the tip makes the smooth finish for you as you go. Don't over - caulk or you'll end up with a mess here too. This really takes practice & great largemotor control to achieve.

    Good luck!

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Jun 07, 2018

    If you remove what you have done already, put a small bead in its place, try to smooth it out with something wet. Water should not get down behind your faucets since there is usually a rubber gasket under the fixture which generally makes a good seal. There is silicone remove on the market and probably available at your local hardware store.

  • Deborah Luchak Nester Deborah Luchak Nester on Jun 07, 2018

    an ice cube works wonders!!

    • See 1 previous
    • Deborah Luchak Nester Deborah Luchak Nester on Feb 21, 2019

      The long skinny tube that you put inside drinking bottles works. It’s also long enough to be pushed from one side of the faucet to the other. Also depends on the shape of the ice cubes...

  • Franklinrawley Franklinrawley on Jun 07, 2018

    if this is new, there is a tool I found at Lowe's that does a wonderful job. cheap and great too. just ask the techs in that area and they will show you the tool.

  • Dee Dee on Sep 12, 2023

    you'll need to use either denatured alcohol or mineral spirits use with a pop stick or plastic spoon or knife to smooth