Finished putting up 4"x4" ceramic tile around the bathtub and other places.
This is the first time I've done tile.
Does the small gap between the top of the tub and the bottom of the tile get
grouted, or, do you use the "tub & tile" caulk? If the answer is "tub &
tile" caulk then, obviously, I need to caulk first before I start smearing
grout all over the place. Or, do you do both. Grout the gap first and then
seal it with "tub & tile" caulk?
Please advise. Thanks.
I was told to use 100% silicone caulk for wet areas. If you choose your grout
carefully, you can get the caulk to match (not perfectly, in my experience).
Tile stores sell a few caulk colors of 100% silicone caulk. They can match any
of their grout colors in caulk that is not as good for truly wet areas.
I was also told to caulk where walls meet - the corners.
I did the grout first. It's easy to scrape out grout where you don't want it. It
is harder to keep the caulk where you want it and out of grout you don't want it
on. Judicious use of masking tape helps. I have thought about doing caulk first,
so if you try it, let me know how it works. I'm working on another bathroom now.
Grout first, you can scrape it out of where it doesn't belong before
it sets. I always caulk whenever there is a change in plane like
corners and where the tile meets another material like the tub or
where the tile ends on the wall.
Like Bob I have never caulked first. I think that even after the
caulk has cured the grout will ruin the appearance of the caulk.
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