September 9, 2008

DAP Kwik Seal 3.0 - Review

dap_quickseal.jpgDAP has recently released their Kwik Seal 3.0, a sort of super caulk that apparently excels in virtually every category when placed head to head with traditional silicone. It's supposed to dry faster, be tougher, and fend off mold. We got our hands on a tube and gave the kitchen sink a much overdue caulking and here's what we thought.

Probably the coolest thing about Kwik Seal is its drying time, or rather its skin-over time. All it takes is three hours and the caulk can withstand water. To us, this meant applying the Kwik Seal in the early afternoon and still being able to use the kitchen sink for dinner. Under normal circumstances, with a normal silicone, the sink would have been off limits until the next day and we would have had an excuse not to do the dishes.

dap_quickseal_sink.jpgKwik Seal has three other interesting features; it can be painted, it is stronger than typical silicone, and it contains some sort of anti-microbial protection that neutralizes bacteria and mold. The first we can attest to, we painted a small sample and it worked fine; the second, we didn't really test, but we have little reason to doubt it; and the third is proven so far as it has been almost two months since we applied the caulk and thus far there has been no mildew build-up and it's been very easy to clean.

But does all this capability have a trade off? Sort of. The consistency of the Kwik Seal is a bit odd. It's almost a little grainy when it comes out of the tube, although it works smooth very easily. All of the things in it that make it so successful on other levels make it a bit harder to tool than traditional silicone. It's very, very sticky and if you get some where you don't want it, wiping it off takes some elbow grease. We recommend taping both sides of the caulk joint before getting started. We were a bit cavalier and paid the price by spending quite a bit of time on clean-up duty.

But still, the 3-hour wait and the other features of the caulk make it very worthwhile, particularly with those around the house tasks where it can be a real inconvenience with the tub, shower or sink out of commission for 24 hours.

A 13.3 oz. tube (small caulking gun) costs just over $4 and a 5.5 oz. tube goes for a little less than that.

13.3 oz. at Amazon.com
5.5 oz. at Amazon.com

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