DuPont™ AIRTITE® Siliconized Acrylic Caulk Application
Follow these simple instructions for weatherization sealant application.
Applying weatherization sealant from DuPont is simple, and the products easily clean up with just soap and water. DuPont™ AIRTITE® Siliconized Acrylic Caulk with Weather-Tight Seal technology is available in both squeeze tubes and cartridge packaging that requires a caulk gun to apply.
The area must be thoroughly cleaned before caulking any joint, gap or crack. Surfaces to be caulked must be dry and free of all dirt, dust, oil, mildew, loose paint, and old caulk. Only apply when caulk, surface and air temperatures will remain above 40°F. Do not apply on surfaces that are above 120°F. Do not apply on exterior surfaces when rain is immediately expected.
- Clean surface to be caulked.
- For gaps greater than 1/2″ deep, use a backer rod.
- Insert caulk tube into the caulk gun.
- Cut the dispensing nozzle at a 45° angle.
- While slowly squeezing the caulk gun trigger, gently push the sealant nozzle along the gap to be sealed. Ensure complete contact is made on both surfaces being sealed.
- Smooth applied bead with a moist cloth.
- Clean tools with soap and water
- Allow 4 to 6 hours curing time before applying paint.
- Cured bead should be between 1/8″ and ½’’ wide.
- Allow 24 hours curing time before exposing to a wet or damp environment.
Coverage: 54 linear feet for a 3/16” bead (10.1 oz cartridge) and 29 linear feet for a 3/16” bead (5.5 oz squeeze tube).
Not intended for areas that will permanently be submerged in water. Keep unused product from freezing.
Do not use on surfaces that come in contact with food.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is caulking or Home Sealing important? Reducing air leaks by caulking or sealing is recommended by the EPA ENERGY STAR® program to increase the energy efficiency of your home by improving the envelope. Sealing air leaks allows full performance of your insulation and can cut up to 20% of your energy bill according to the EPA. Visit www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_sealing.hm_improvement_sealing for more information.
What is a home envelope? The exterior of your home is also called the “envelope” or shell. The insulation, outer walls, ceiling, doors, windows, and floors all work together to control airflow in and out of the structure, repel moisture, and prevent heat from being lost or gained inside your home. A high-performance envelope helps maintain a consistent temperature even under extremely hot or cold conditions. The goal of Home Sealing is to improve the home envelope, to make homes more comfortable and energy efficient.
Is Home Sealing something I can do myself? Absolutely! You can seal up holes, weather-strip doors, caulk around gaps in pipes and wire, floors, basements, and crawl spaces. Remember, it’s important to air-seal before adding insulation. ENERGY STAR® has a written do-it-yourself guide to help with the process of home sealing, which can be downloaded by going to http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/publications/pubdocs/Seal_and_Insulate.pdf To find out more information about ENERGY STAR®, go to www.energystar.gov
Is DuPont™ AIRTITE® Siliconized Acrylic Caulk with Weather-Tight Seal technology Recommended for sealing air leaks? Yes, DuPont™ AIRTITE® Siliconized Acrylic Caulk with Weather-Tight Seal technology is ideal for home sealing for numerous reasons:
- It provides a long-lasting, durable and weather-tight seal.
- It can be used for interior or exterior applications.
- It is formulated as a weatherization sealant, to offer protection from environmental conditions.
- It forms a water- and air-tight seal.
Can it be used for interior or exterior projects? Yes, DuPont™ AIRTITE® Siliconized Acrylic Caulk with Weather-Tight Seal technology is a premium caulk that exceeds ASTM C-834 requirements, and may be used on both interior and exterior applications. The sealant is ideal for sealing gaps around windows, doors, siding, trim, penetrations, and many other exterior or interior applications.
What type of surface preparation is needed prior to applying the product? It is important that the area be thoroughly cleaned before caulking any joint, gap or crack. Surfaces to be caulked must be dry and free of all dirt, dust, oil, mildew, loose paint, and old caulk. Only apply when caulk, surface and air temperatures will remain above 40°F. DO not apply on surfaces that are above 120°F. Do not apply on exterior surfaces when rain is immediately expected.
Is DuPont™ AIRTITE® Siliconized Acrylic Caulk with Weather-Tight Seal technology VOC compliant? Absolutely! All of the DuPont™ Caulk products not only meet the current VOC requirement , but are actually below the 2% VOC requirement proposed by the state of California. DuPont™ AIRTITE® Siliconized Acrylic Caulk is also formulated with no phthalates and still does everything a quality caulk should do and more.
Can the product be painted? Yes, it has superior paintability.
Does the product have mold and mildew protection? Yes, all of the DuPont™ Caulk products contain a premium mildewcide, giving them outstanding mold and mildew resistance.
What is a mildewcide? Mildewcide is a term for chemicals that retard the growth of mold and mildew. The DuPont™ Caulk products contain a premium mildewcide that resists the growth of mold and mildew in the surface of the caulk after it is cured.
What do I use to clean excess product from tools or other surfaces? All of the DuPont™ Caulk products clean up easily with just soap and water.