DuPont™ Windows, Doors & Siding Sealant Application
Follow these simple instructions for caulking windows, doors and siding areas.
Applying DuPont™ Caulks is simple and all of the products easily clean up with just soap and water. DuPont™ Windows, Doors & Siding Sealant made with Kevlar® is available in both squeeze tubes and cartridge which 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 be painted or submerged in water. Keep unused product from freezing.
Do not use on surfaces that come in contact with food.
This product is not intended for use with DuPont™ Tyvek®. We recommend using DuPont™ Residential Sealant.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Home Sealing? Home Sealing is a process recommended by the EPA ENERGY STAR® program to increase the energy efficiency of your home by improving the effectiveness of the building envelope. Sealing air leaks helps to enhance the performance of your insulation and may help to 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 interior temperature even under extremely hot or cold conditions. The goal of Home Sealing is to help improve the home envelope to make homes more comfortable and energy-efficient.
Is Home Sealing something I can do myself? Absolutely! You can seal holes, weather-strip doors, caulk around gaps in pipes and wires, floors, basements, and crawl spaces. Remember, it's important to always 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
What is the best DuPont™ Caulk for sealing air leaks? DuPont™ Windows, Doors & Siding Sealant made with Kevlar® is ideal for home sealing for numerous reasons:
- It is enhanced with DuPont™ Kevlar® making it long lasting, durable and extremely flexible.
- It has tremendous adhesion to a wide variety of building substrates.
- It forms a water and air-tight seal.
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.
Can the product be painted? Yes, the sealant is internally plasticized to avoid unwanted shiners. Shiner is a term used to describe external plasticizer migration into the paint film, which causes the paint to become glossy and tacky.
Can it be used for interior applications? Yes, DuPont™ Windows, Doors & Siding Sealant is a premium caulk that exceeds the rigid ASTM C-920 requirements and may be used on both interior and exterior applications. The sealant is ideal for trim, crown molding and many other interior applications.
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.
Is DuPont™ Exterior Door, Window & Siding Sealant made with Kevlar® VOC compliant? Yes. All of the DuPont™ Caulk products not only meet the current VOC requirement, but are actually below the lower 2% VOC requirement proposed by the state of California.
What do I use to clean excess product from tools or other surfaces? All of the DuPont™ Caulk products clean up with just soap and water.
What is DuPont™ Kevlar®? DuPont™ Kevlar® is an innovative fiber from DuPont that combines high strength with light weight to help dramatically improve the performance of a variety of consumer and industrial products. For more information on DuPont™ Kevlar®, please visit www.kevlar.com.
Can I use DuPont™ Windows, Doors & Siding Sealant with DuPont™ Tyvek® Weatherization Products? No. This product is not intended for use with DuPont™ Tyvek®. We recommend using DuPont™ Residential Sealant.