That's the way I do it but it lasts about a year before the dish detergent eats through it. I suspect I am not getting the nut tight enough. It is hard to hold the drain at the right angle for the remote lever and the cup that pushes against the basin while tightening the nut. I have to use channel lock handles through the spokes in the drain to hold it while I tighten the nut. I tighten it until it squishes good, do the clean-up and I'm good for about a year. If I replace the drains I will lose the convenience of the remote drain closures. The sink is a top of the line Elkay triple basin from the 70s. The other two basins are not a problem as they don't have hot water with dawn detergent sitting in them for an hour or more.this is how you apply puddy to the rim of a sink.
put a ball of puddy in your right hand [if right handed]
push down with the palm of your hand in a rapid motion twards the open hole
leaving a layer on the rim...repeat, all the way around the hole
to apply to a strainer. roll a piece of puddy on the counter the thickness of a large childs [first grade] pencil
wrap it around the strainer, press
tighten the nut and washer,,making sure the strainer is centered.
when finished, use the point of your pencil, go around the installed strainer and remove excess
I was pondering whether to do an almost complete tightening then do the final turn after the cure.I have never heard of putty not working. If you use silicone you would tighten it before it cures, but you better get it right the first time, you might not get a second chance.