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Old 01-31-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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what is the best caulking to use to seal a window? i got some Sika Construction Sealant from HD as I've been real please with their other products (particularly Anchoring Epoxy, that thing rocks my world) but was wondering if there is anything better.

my window goes directly against masonry on 3 sides and a wooden bulkhead + aluminum flashing on the 4th side. in case that matters.

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Quad, although I don't care for the smell of it, is pretty well regarded.

What color does it need to be?

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+1 on the Quad... If you think it smells bad now, what did you think of the old formula!?... That stuff was pretty harsh.
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got Quad. thanks
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+1 on the Quad... If you think it smells bad now, what did you think of the old formula!?... That stuff was pretty harsh.
My guys caulked a sample inside my office one time and it nearly knocked me on my keyster when I walked in.
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If your thinking about using Quad around that aluminum coil stock to brick area, think again, It will be a gooy imposable to get off mess.
I'd use Alex 230 and lots of water and a soaking wet sponge to wipe it down for at least this area.
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If your thinking about using Quad around that aluminum coil stock to brick area, think again, It will be a gooy imposable to get off mess.
I'd use Alex 230 and lots of water and a soaking wet sponge to wipe it down for at least this area.
I agree. quad makes a mess on brick and stone, and very hard to remove. Do the next guy a favor and use some silicone.
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We use quad on every brick and stone install that we do. Comes out beautifully, it just takes some skill. I will say though that if you use quad, plan on laying a nice bead because it definitely is not the easiest caulk to tool. That typically does result in a mess. If you are a poor caulker and will need to tool it, then follow Joe's advice.
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i don't get it: i have some masonry and some aluminum stock coil contact. which one is good for which?

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My comments above (as well as everyone else's) were pertaining to your circumstance of aluminum to brick.
Myself and WoW prefer Quad, MJW likes silicone (which is not the worst choice, imo), and Joe's suggestion was to use a caulk that is more "tool-able", which is a valid suggestion if you are not skilled with a caulk gun.
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Here is a pic of quad from aluminum to brick. No tooling necessary, no mess, just beauty.
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Myself and WoW prefer Quad, MJW likes silicone (which is not the worst choice, imo), and Joe's suggestion was to use a caulk that is more "tool-able", which is a valid suggestion if you are not skilled with a caulk gun.
what does it take to be "skilled with a caulk gun", ferchrissake?
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what does it take to be "skilled with a caulk gun", ferchrissake?
It does take some skill and some time to get good at. That's why quad works so well. It is consistent and comes out well if it's not too old or cold. It's just a pain to take off of brick when you have to redo it.

I like quad for what it is, just prefer silicone when it comes to removing it.
It's worth paying for good caulking.

Believe it or not, but there are Union window guys that all they do is caulking.....and they can lay one heck of a bead.

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what does it take to be "skilled with a caulk gun", ferchrissake?
Practice and technique. Sounds silly, but it really is an art form.
I have had crews in the past that could do excellent work all the way around, but they couldn't caulk to save their lives so they had to go. Guess what the first thing people look at on the outside of a window install?
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Practice and technique. Sounds silly, but it really is an art form.
Isn't that the truth.

Don’t forget a good caulking gun. The $4 gun won’t do it.

The guns I use cost sixteen bucks. I miss the orange ones that cost $7 that were “Made in England”. I can’t find them anymore.

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