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Using Sealants

Sealants are used to fill gaps and joints.

When Choosing A Sealant, Ask Yourself

  • Is it an external or internal job? External jobs require weather-resistant sealant.
  • Is the area exposed to water? You'll need a water-resistant or waterproof sealant. Some are also anti-fungus and anti-mould.
  • Will you need to paint over the sealant?
  • Is the joint meant to move a lot? Silicone sealant has higher movement capability followed by co-polymer sealant.
  • What is the joint surface? Acid cure silicone sealant has excellent adhesion to glass and glass-like surfaces. Neutral cure silicones are more for general use.

Many Types Of Sealants For DIY-ers Are Available On The Market Now.

  • Water-based and paintable - good for places where slight joint movement occurs, adheres well to different surfaces like brick, concrete, laminated plastics, painted surfaces, etc.
  • Clear and paintable - Provides a physical, flexible barrier to water, can be applied to porous and damp surfaces.
  • Flexible and waterproof - multipurpose.
  • Mould and water-resistant - waterproofing properties, mould-repelling.
  • Weather-resistant- waterproofing, weather resistant.
 

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