The formula for sealing success.

How to select and apply the right caulk for your project.

Sealing your home with caulk can stop air leaks, help prevent mold and water damage, reduce allergens and pollutants, and reduce energy costs. With so many choices of caulk, however, selecting the right one for your project can be confusing. You may even think all caulk is the same. But GE-branded 100% silicone caulk and paintable silicone caulk are uniquely formulated to withstand the demands of sealing projects around your home.

Silicone
Non-Silicone

Acrylic caulks and so-called "silicone-tough" acrylics can harden, crack, freeze at low temperatures, shrink and crumble over time, so they may need to be replaced in just a few years. GE-branded 100% silicone caulk and paintable silicone caulk create a long-lasting, flexible seal that's waterproof, weatherproof, shrink-proof and crack-proof.

Silicone
Non-Silicone

Looking for the ideal caulk for your next project? Watch this brief video tutorial, then select the sealing project you'd like to accomplish.


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Silicone
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Silicone
Non-Silicone

The formula for sealing success.

How to select and apply the right caulk for your project.

Sealing your home with caulk can stop air leaks, help prevent mold and water damage, reduce allergens and pollutants, and reduce energy costs. With so many choices of caulk, however, selecting the right one for your project can be confusing. You may even think all caulk is the same. But GE-branded 100% silicone caulk and paintable silicone caulk are uniquely formulated to withstand the demands of sealing projects around your home.

Acrylic caulks and so-called "silicone-tough" acrylics can harden, crack, freeze at low temperatures, and crumble over time, so they may need to be replaced in just a few years. GE-branded 100% silicone caulk and paintable silicone caulk create a long-lasting, flexible seal that's waterproof, weatherproof, shrink-proof, and crack-proof.

Looking for the ideal caulk for your next project? Watch this brief video tutorial, then select the sealing project you'd like to accomplish.




What's the Project?

Sealing a Bathroom
Get tips for caulking a bathroom sink, shower and tub, and find out which GE-branded 100% silicone caulk or paintable silicone caulk is right for you.

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Sealing a Kitchen
Learn how to easily seal a kitchen sink and countertops, and see the full line of GE-branded 100% silicone caulks and paintable silicone caulks for kitchens.

Sealing around Windows and Doors
Discover how to keep the elements out and energy savings in with GE-branded 100% silicone caulks and paintable silicone caulks for windows and doors.


How to Caulk
in 5 Easy Steps

STEP 1: Choose the right caulk so you don't have to do this again and again.

Selecting the right caulk for your specific sealing project will help deliver lasting performance and can help you avoid having to re-do the project in the near future.

STEP 2: Clean the surface.

Remove old caulk. Typically, it needs to be cut, scraped or chipped away. Use a utility knife, putty knife or painter's multi-tool. Thoroughly rinse the area with soap/cleanser and wipe off excess water. Remove soap scum, as caulk struggles to adhere to this residue.

TIP: Wiping the joint with alcohol or window cleaner ensures no soapy residue is left behind.

STEP 3: Open the tube and seal.

Cut nozzle to desired bead size. Pierce inner seal with seal punch found on most caulk guns. Insert cartridge into caulk gun. Squeeze with even, consistent pressure to control the rate the caulk leaves the tube.

TIP: Apply masking tape to either side of a joint to create a straight edge. Apply caulk.

STEP 4: Smooth the seal.

Use your finger or wet caulk-smoothing tool to smooth caulk into joint within two to five minutes.

TIP: If you applied masking tape in the previous step, remove immediately after smoothing the seal.

STEP 5: Clean up.

Before caulk cures, wipe away excess sealant on surface, hands and tools with a dry cloth.

Where to Buy

Find GE-branded 100% silicone and paintable silicone caulk near you.

How Much Do I Need?

One 10.1 ounce tube is enough to caulk two bathtubs and one sink, or three standard doors and four windows.

Shopping List

  • GE-branded 100% silicone or paintable silicone caulk
  • Dripless caulk gun
  • Caulk-removal tool, putty knife, painter's multi-tool or utility knife
  • Clean cloths
  • Caulk-smoothing tool

Why GE 100% Silicone?

Trust your sealing project to a true leader in silicone science. Decades ago, GE pioneered aerospace silicone sealants to help NASA seal the boots on astronauts’ space suits, enabling man to take his first steps on the moon. GE has also innovated construction silicone sealants that are tough, yet flexible enough to hold glass panels on some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. And even when it comes to projects like sealing your home, you can count on the long-lasting, durable performance of GE-branded 100% silicone to get the job done right.