Kwik Seal vs Kwik Seal Plus – With all the caulks out there claiming to be the best for kitchen and bath projects, I decided to test out two contenders—DAP Kwik Seal and DAP Kwik Seal Plus.
Meanwhile, the new kid Kwik Seal Plus flexed its MoldGuard Technology to prevent grungy grout lines, but was slower to get paint-ready, meaning more thumb twiddling during your DIY renovations.
So in my book, the winner is Kwik Seal Plus by a Great Rift Valley.
Kwik Seal vs Kwik Seal Plus: What’s The Difference?
After putting them through their paces, here’s the deal: For new surfaces like a just-installed tub or backsplash, Kwik Seal and Kwik Seal Plus both got the job done, with Plus boasting better mold-fighting power. But when I needed to seal older, damp surfaces, only the pure silicone formula of Kwik Seal Plus had the flex and sealing power to finish first.
📝 My Hands-on Test of Dap Kwik Seal
I recently used the Kwik Seal for the trim around our bath and shower. We needed to reapply the caulk because the older layer in the house had disintegrated over time and developed mold.
Comfortable to Handle
What I liked about Kwik Seal is that it comes in a convenient squeeze tube, which is smaller than most caulk guns. This made it much easier to use and more comfortable to handle. Just like any other caulk gun, you need to cut the tip at an angle before applying. The smaller diameter of the tip allowed us to easily fill in the smaller crevices and cracks in our shower without wasting excess caulk.
In terms of adhesion, it seems to be holding up well so far, but only time will tell if it can withstand long-term mold growth. According to the instructions, it takes about 24 hours to dry completely, which is typical for most caulk brands. This means I had to wait before using the shower again.
Shower Flange Cap
One great use I found for it is on the shower flange cap that wouldn’t stay against the wall. By applying this caulk around the cap and pressing it to the wall, I was able to attach the cap securely, preventing any native insects from entering.
It was relatively easy to work with, and if you make a mistake, you can quickly wash it off.
The caulk does the job of preventing leaks in my shower, but I must admit that it takes quite a bit of pressure to squeeze it out of the tube. If you’re only caulking a small area, it should work fine, but if you plan on using the entire tube, I recommend investing in a caulk gun for easier dispensing. Once it’s out of the tube, it performs as expected, and I haven’t experienced any leaks since applying it. That’s definitely a relief!
FAQ of Dap Kwik Seal
Q: Is it necessary to use latex-based paint with Kwik Seal, or can acrylics be used?
A: Painting over Kwik Seal is optional; it’s not required.
Q: Can Kwik Seal be applied to fill the gap between the bottom edge of the toilet and the floor?
A: I used a different waterproof caulk (see it here: best adhesive for shower wall panels)to seal my toilet floor area. It had a shiny finish. While it’s possible to use Kwik Seal, keep in mind that flat white dap may develop mold if it gets wet.
Q: Can I use Kwik Seal to patch a small hole in the wall that is about half an inch wide?
A: Yes, you can try filling the hole with Kwik Seal. However, have you considered using spackling? Keep in mind that Kwik Seal tends to peel off and may make it difficult to paint over.
Q: Does this brand offer a caulk gun? If not, could you kindly recommend a caulk gun that is compatible with Kwik Seal? Thank you in advance.
A: This brand does not provide a caulk gun. When I used it, I simply held the tube and squeezed it out manually.
Q: Is Kwik Seal sandable?
A: Kwik Seal is not a “Hard Cure” type like that I mentioned in does e6000 dry hard, so sanding is not recommended.
Q: Can I apply a second layer of Kwik Seal 24 hours later?
A: It is not advisable to apply a second layer. Kwik Seal is not suitable for bathroom and shower applications. It’s better to use sanded caulking(e.g 3m 5200 vs 4200)specifically designed for showers. Kwik Seal is more suitable for windows.
Q: I’m having trouble opening the tube. Any suggestions?
A: Try using a sharp knife to cut the tube at a 45-degree angle!
Q: Is it safe for cured caulk to come into contact with the skin?
A: I have been using Kwik Seal for years and have had no issues with skin contact. It should be safe.
📝 My Hands-on Test of Dap Kwik Seal Plus
It is very easy to work with, it cleans up well and has virtually no odor.
Sealing Wall Cracks
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The adhesive appears to be working out well in sealing wall cracks in my bathroom. It was easy to apply and smooth out, and it is paintable. Cracks reappeared after using other products, so time will tell if this product holds up over a period of time, however.
the application process was a breeze. The caulk goes on smoothly and effortlessly, allowing for precise bead placement. I appreciated the easy-to-follow instructions, which helped me achieve a professional-looking finish even as a novice caulker. The nozzle cut at a 45-degree angle made it easy to control the flow and apply the caulk exactly where I needed it.
Once applied, the DAP caulk sealed flawlessly. It created a tight, watertight seal that I can trust to keep my bathroom fixtures protected for years to come. I especially appreciated its adhesive properties, as it effectively filled and concealed cracks in my bathroom walls. Unlike other products I’ve used in the past, this caulk has shown no signs of cracking or peeling, even after several weeks of use.
Quick Drying Time
One of the standout features of this caulk is its quick drying time. Within a reasonable period, it hardened perfectly, providing a solid and durable seal. I was able to complete my project efficiently and move on to the next steps without any delays. The caulk dried to a clear finish, seamlessly blending in with my bathroom fixtures and tiles.
The caulk is challenging to clean if you mess up and get it on other surfaces.
FAQ of Dap Kwik Seal Plus
Q: Is it possible to paint over Dap Kwik Seal Plus?
A: Most likely, although I would recommend opting for the white or clear variant instead of the bisque if you intend to paint it.
Q: Will Dap Kwik Seal Plus effectively fill a gap measuring 1/4″? I’m planning to replace the grout between my tub and the tile with caulk/sealant. Can anyone confirm if this is feasible?
A: Yes, indeed! I employed it to install splash guards for my walk-in shower, and they had a 1/4″ gap at the top and a 3/8″ gap at the bottom. That was 6 months ago, and it’s still perfectly sealed despite enduring numerous kicks when entering and exiting the shower. No leaks whatsoever!
Q: How would you describe the color of the bisque almond? I’ve been unable to find any visual representations.
A: To the best of my ability to explain, it’s slightly darker than ivory. I purchased it for my son’s bathroom, or else I would have taken a picture. However, he lives quite far away from me.
Q: Can this caulk be used in a bathroom?
A: Yes sure, it is also suitable for exterior applications.