Tub/Shower Surround Caulk Choice


Just installed a 5 panel shower surround and I need to know the best caulk to use. I've found that 100% Silicon Rubber has a propensity to peel easily. I need something strong that will bond with the tub ledge and shower surround. Is Acrylic Latex strong enough? How about Butyl Rubber? If we didn't have teenagers using the shower I would just silicone it but experience in re-caulking the old surround says not to.
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No brainier ! Dow corning Silicone bath and tub caulk. The key to a successful job is a super clean surface to start with. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Clean with acetone or rubbing alcohol. and single edge razor blade white scrub pad (super soft)using glass cleaner or soapy water as lubricant and Paper towels Use a caulking gun that releases the pressure as soon as you let off the trigger. You do not need a large bead spread way out everywhere This is not a standard caulk gun. After you run your bead smooth it out with your finger dipped in a yogurt cup solution of heavy soap solution of dish soap and water I suggest to practice on a scrap 90 degrees piece lumber to get thee feel for the bead and soap Do not try to caulk it all then smooth at once . Caulk one end vertical and smooth Do the other smooth ,do front of tub smooth ,end of tub and smooth side of tub. You get the picture Works like a charm FWIW I probably installed over 300 surrounds Hope this helps

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On Thu, 03 May 2007 03:55:37 +0000, Larry and a Cat named Dub wrote:

It really does. I have a no drip caulk gun and really love it so I'll give the surfaces a thorough cleaning in the morning and report back. I understand that using just enough bead to seal is the best (less to grab accidentally I suppose). Thanks again.
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