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1.cut the tip of the tube half the size that you think it should be.
2. Use a gentle, even pressure on the trigger.
3. Keep the gun moving.
4. at the end of each run, give the gun a bit of a twist as you lift off.
5. Buy good caulk- old or cheap caulk will not flow well.
6. Practice on scrap. A lot. In fact, caulk the frames of the basement windows of your house before tackling a boat job. You'll learn technique on something nobody will notice, and keep the bugs out of your house.
7. Keep the tip clean, and your tools clean. Keep lots of damp rags handy.
8. Tool the bead with a tongue depressor or popsicle stick. They are cheap so use lots of them.
9. If you really still have trouble, mask off your bead. Lay 1" masking tape allong the joint to be caulked with a 1/4" reveal on both sides of the joint, then lay your caulk, smooth out with a wet tongue depressor, then pull up the tape, pulling AWAY from the work smoothly.
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