Considering the work in applying sealant and the trouble involved if you
have to remove it and do it again, its not worth buying cheap stuff in a
case like this.
The SF stuff may be perfectly ok but I wouldn't risk it.
e.g. Used some from Wickes a few years ago in a shower and now thats gone
Its going to be a very tricky job to replace...
I tend to favour this stuff these days as its a lot easier to apply than
I used it about 3 years ago around a bath and shower. Shower now
sporting lovely fungal growths and the bath has lifted (possibly
So is it anti-fungal? Not for long! OTOH, I've no experience of
higher priced stuff.
Simon Avery, Dartmoor, UK
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On Tue, 2 Dec 2003 17:04:03 +0000 (UTC), "Bob Smith"
Perhaps I'm being a little thick here with the following response, but
here goes anyway!
Surely fungal growth needs a culture on which to grow? And that
culture surely won't form if the area is properly cleansed on a
Isn't mould growth a symptom of something which isn't cleaned
My garden still gets weeds growing if I don't tend to it occasionally!
I think the mould seems to eat the sealant itself. Once there, the black
dots never wash off.
I am actually replacing some crap acrylic sealant that has the consistancey
of putty. You can put permanent dents in it with your fingernail. Water has
got behind it, and now mould is growing behind the sealant.
I hope so, as I've used about six tubes in the last three months!!
Actually I enjoy removing old sealant and redoing it, it really smartens
thing up. I often get asked to do it, usually the original job is very rough
I think it's a sort of maintenance task really.
You ENJOY removing silicone sealant? You want my address?
I had a trawl on the intyweb yesterday. Apparently mineral spirits
(turpentine) is a silicone sealant eater, except on "hard plastics and
painted surfaces", where they recomend rubbing alcohol. Still have to
remove most mechanically first though.
This is a company who make silicone sealant, so telling you a secret
ingredient when they could sell it as a silicone sealant remover sounds a
Maybe when it swells, it is a bit softer?
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