Caulk Savers, makers of open-caulk tube preserving plugs, are coming out with a new product called Bead Stix. These Bead Stix (which we think could also be called finger savers, as that sounds better), are simply designed and feature a 1-1/2″ circular foam pad at the end of a 6″ application stick.
There are many types of caulk-beading and smoothing tools on the market, and wet fingertips seem to be the most popular “tools” available. This makes sense, especially since nothing else can beat the price. But using your fingers to smooth caulk, even a gloved finger, can be messy and potentially inconsistent, even with practice.
To use Bead Stix, you first dampen the foam pad with water, and then apply caulk. Wipe the caulk with a Bead Stix, twist it to clean corners, and then continue to smooth the caulk. Bead Stix are reusable as long as you rinse them after each application. If you use one with materials other than caulk, you may need to discard it after use.
Expect to find Bead Stix wherever Caulk Savers are sold.