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How to smooth out the black caulking in teak deck joints.

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What is the issue?
Manufacturers and suppliers of teak deck caulking recommend using a flexible putty knife to smooth out freshly squeeze-out caulking.

Why address this?
New caulk tends to stick to the blade of the knife and is just as likely to be dragged out of a seam as to be pushed down into it.

How to address this?
Cut a potato in half and use its flat face to level the caulk. Caulk will not stick to the wet face of the potato.

With thanks to:
Geoffrey, s/v Katinka

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