So, I started caulking outside our windows the other day, and I have a mess. I'm using the gray Silicone II, which I've seen recomended on several sites.
When I do the windows on the inside, I use painter's tape to mask off both sides of the bead, then remove the tape as soon as I smooth it out. I didn't use the tape outside, because it seemed like so much trouble (and not as critical) but it looks very messy.
Do I have to mask? Does that painter's tape stick to brick? Will it not look as tacky if I use clear caulk? Does anyone have any experience with that caulking rope that you just pull off the roll and smoosh into the crack?
Thankfully, after I saw the first finished window I had the good sense to stop and ask for help.