Mar 02 2023 0 Comments
Gaps in your home can be super unsightly! In addition, they increase the risk of moisture, insects, and draughts entering your home and causing further damage. No More Gaps are substances that offer you a great way to fill gaps between materials. They can be used with various building materials and painted or finished once the filler has fully cured. Ceramics, tiles, cement sheeting, timber, aluminum, brick, concrete, render, and plasterboard are some building materials that can benefit from gap fillers.
No More Gaps can be applied with a caulking gun, which forces the filler into the gap, ensuring a tight seal. You can use chisels to apply your No More Gaps product into the desired sections. Keep reading this quick guide on how to apply No More Gaps. But first, let's outline some features of No More Gaps that make it handy for your DIY projects around the house!
Types of Gap Fillers
Different types of No More Gaps products are available depending on your Australian home(s) DIY project. Check out some popular choices below!
A foam filler is a gap filler that is intended to fill larger or irregularly shaped holes or gaps. Sealing large gaps prevents vermin, draughts, and dirt from entering your home. A good example is pipework.
Rigid fillers are also available for filling gaps in solid surfaces with a smooth finish. Rigid fillers are great for use on walls and ceilings.
The first is a versatile gap filler that can be used outside and inside your home. It will not crack because it is flexible and can easily move as the material expands and contracts. These could, for example, be used between skirting boards and walls.
Features of No More Gaps
- They do not stain construction materials.
- They have fantastic weather resistance.
- They have great flexibility since they are capable of +/- 10% joint movement and are ideal for use where there is minor joint movement, and conventional fillers crack and fall out.
- Paintable - Once the surface has been thoroughly skinned, it can be overpainted with oil or water-based paints. Wide joints should be left for 48 hours before painting because shrinking during drying can make the paint crack, revealing the sealant beneath.
- They have sagging resistance
- Superior adhesion to aluminum, ceramics, laminated plastics, hardboards, fiber cement sheeting, wood, concrete, and brick.
- Water-based - It is simple to use and can be cleaned with water before drying.
How to Apply No More Gaps
The caulked surfaces must be clean and free of flaking paint, grease, or dust. Use a brush or detergent to remove soap residue from tiles, then rinse with water. To remove grease residues, clean other surfaces using an agent like Selleys Solvent Acetone.
Extrude a continuous bead of product, pushing the caulk ahead of the applicator nozzle. This method will push the caulk into the crack while smoothing the surface. The caulk can be tooled with a wet finger or knife if desired.
Apply the surface firmly to the skin before painting. Allow the sealant to set for 48 hours before painting if using oil-based paints or if there are large gaps. Remember that paints that shrink while drying, such as flat and water-based paints, may crack. First, test the paint on a small piece of sealant.
Paint cracking can be reduced by first:
(I) Paint the sealant with a semi-gloss vinyl, an oil-based undercoat, or acrylic paint.
(II) Allowing the sealant to completely cure before painting.
Cleaning Up Procedure
- Any excess caulk can be immediately cleaned up after application with water or a damp cloth.
- Cured caulk must be cut away.
- The remaining caulk can be softened and removed using a product such as Selleys Solvent Acetone.
- No More Gaps will skin after about 30 minutes and cures to a flexible, durable seal in 48 hours.
- Under damp/cold conditions, allow for longer skin and cure times. Rain should be avoided until the product has firm skin.
No More Gaps can be used on a home's interior and exterior, but they must be properly rated for the application. For example, the most suitable products for the bathroom must withstand moisture. Use the insights shared to apply No More Gaps and hack your DIY Australian homes projects!