I used some GE Silicon II Bathroom Tub & Tile Sealant yesterday.
It is still very soft. I have had it for about 2 years, though it is
Will it ever cure? I am in no hurry, but if it won't cure, I will dig it
out and start over.
What was the consistency of thge product when you applied it?
Nice & smooth or a litle stiff?
Did it have the strong "vinegar" smell characteristic of fresh product?
If not it might have been too old, I'm pretty sure the unopened shelf
life is way less than 2 years.
If you have some left squirt a little out onto a piece of paper or wood
& see if it cures. If this test squirt cures your installation will
Silicones are moisture cures, they get the moisture from the air. If
they are already paritally cured (old) when applied the cure process
really slows down.
If you're not in a hurry I'd give it at least a week., maybe two
:I used some GE Silicon II Bathroom Tub & Tile Sealant yesterday.
: It is still very soft. I have had it for about 2 years, though
: Will it ever cure? I am in no hurry, but if it won't cure, I
will dig it
: out and start over.
I've used tons of the II and never had a problem. Are you sure
it's not curing, or are you maybe mistaking the softness of it
for not being cured? That's assuming you used the right
thickness; overly thick will take a long time to dry, as
mentioned on the tubes.
It'll stay soft and flexible throughout its lifetime.
Just a thought.
Early spring I use an old tube of GE silicon for my external
windows. It remained sticky for more than a month. I cleaned
up and replaced it a new silicon. When reading the fine
prints......the tube expired one year ago. I suggest Toller
test it before using it and save the agony of removing the
sticky expired silicon.
In the late sixties when I was working for an airline, I have kept
an old tube (green color) GE silicon more than 6 years and they
are still usable.
Very soft is good and will cure in time when you keep it dry. The problem
with the GE Silicon II is it has a very short shelf life, as indicated in
another post, and will cure inside an unopened tube even before the due date
listed on the bottom of the tube. The one that cured in the tube is good for
cleaning out belt sanders, grinding wheels, etc. - or you could use it as a
very big eraser for equally big mistakes.
I've also had the experience of "too old" silicone caulk not curing.
In my case I had just bought it from a hardware store but it was still
past it's shelf life.
Look on the tube and see if GE has a help number listed.
: > I used some GE Silicon II Bathroom Tub & Tile Sealant
: > It is still very soft. I have had it for about 2 years,
though it is
: > unopened.
: > Will it ever cure? I am in no hurry, but if it won't cure, I
will dig it
: > out and start over.
: > Thanks.
: A soft caulk is pretty much useless. It's better to have a
: Since you're in no hurry, you could wait around until you have
a nice hard
GE Silicone II doesn't get hard; that's why it lasts so long
without cracking/pulling away from the surfaces it seals. Try
it, you'll like it.
I had the same problem with GE caulk a few years ago.
Didn't wait for weeks. Cleaned it out, helluva mess, applied some
DAP caulk, swore off GE sealants fo'ever.
Since then I've sworn off nearly everything GE.
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