Sunday, March 15, 2015
Spent the morning picking old caulking...
I picked all that out with a dental pick, then used steel wool and a lot of elbow grease to get the film of translucent silicone off. That was surprisingly difficult! I also used steel wool on the sink itself, followed by a course of Barkeeper's Friend (the best stuff I've ever used for cleaning metal); this cleaned and shined up the sink nicely.
Then I re-caulked with modern, water-clear silicone – and kept the bead completely under the granite. I finished it using a trick I learned from the guys who installed our bathroom granite: I spritzed the bead with half water/half isopropyl alcohol, then just ran my finger down the bead. Perfect finish! The face of the caulk bead is basically vertical. When it's cured (tomorrow), I'll get rid of any films of silicone remaining on the stainless steel – and then the kitchen sink will be completely finished!