A clever so­lu­tion for seal­ing big gaps

The Family Handyman - - STUFF WELOVE - SPIKE CARLSEN, CON­TRIBUT­ING ED­I­TOR

In­staTrim is part trim, part caulk and part weather sealant. And for some sit­u­a­tions, it’s a true prob­lem solver.

In­staTrim is a V-shape strip of 1/2-in.-wide plas­tic, backed by a bead of ad­he­sive caulk. To in­stall it, re­move the peel-off tape, po­si­tion the strip, then press it into place. The self-cen­ter­ing “wings” along the edges flex to cre­ate a tight seal. Since In­staTrim goes on dry, it can be painted im­me­di­ately. It’s per­fect for seal­ing mod­er­ately large gaps (up to 1/4 in.) and leav­ing a clean, smooth bead. It’s ideal for seal­ing wall and floor gaps around tubs, for cov­er­ing gaps around toi­let bases and seal­ing win­dows and doors.

For good re­sults, you have to first re­move all ex­ist­ing sil­i­cone caulk, es­pe­cially in bath­rooms and other wet en­vi­ron­ments.

In­staTrim is avail­able in six col­ors and costs about $20 for a kit con­tain­ing two 10-ft. lengths. It’s avail­able at in­statrim.com, other on­line sources and some stores.

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