The last time I sealed around the bathtub, it didn't stick too well. I kept
having to remove it and reapply it. Should I clean it with a solvent of
some sort first? It already needs to be redone now.
On Mon, 31 Jul 2006 22:08:30 GMT, with neither quill nor qualm, "Jen"
Silicone is good, but is it the proper tub and tile caulk?
I clean everything with denatured alcohol before caulking. (Don't be
tempted to use rubbing alcohol because it may contain glycerine.)
DA is sold for under $10 a gallon in home stores. It's an excellent
solvent for many things so it's very handy to have around.
Place your finger so you can feel the gap between the tile and the
tub, then climb in the tub with your finger still there. If the gap
opens at all, fill the tub with water before you caulk it, and leave
it overnight before draining. This places the caulk under compression
normally and will reduce its chance of splitting.
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The tub goes down (or it MAY go down?? I don't know which) when
someone gets in it and when it is filled with water. And up again when
it is empty. I saw a recommendation to fill it half way before
sealing around the edge. (If you filled it as high as it can go, then
when the water is emptied, the tub will go up, and that can ruin the
seal too, they say.)
This is also the reason I once used tub seal tape, but it didn't work
that well either, I forget why. I took it all off.
Perhaps you should repost saying what the
products are (material of bathtub = enameled iron
or plastic?, wall = ceramic tile or what?) and what
type of caulk you use. Which type did your
builder's supply store recommend?
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