I recently replaced the linoleum counter top in my kitchen, as well as
the sink. My problem is that there is a quarter inch gap between the
top-mounted sink and the backsplash and I need suggestion on what to
do with this gap.
The countertop is 26 inches in width from the wall to the front edge.
The rolled backsplash is 1.5 inches thick, which leaves about 24.5" of
counter space. The sink is 22" front-to back. the countertop
overhangs the front of the cabinet by about 1.5".
So the back of the sink is about .25" from the backsplash.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure of the best way to finish this. Should I
caulk it with cleal caulking (which I think will be hard to clean),
just leave the gap, or is there any other solution?
the way this is done is to scribe the countertop to the backsplash, trim the
countertop before installation, and get a perfect fit. then screw the
countertop down, and add a thin bead of caulk.
another way is to install the countertop scribed to the wall, then the
backsplash on top of the counter, and fill with a bead of caulk.
the crack has to be filled. it will look bad to fill it with caulk. i'd take
it off and start over.
I think the OP's problem is the gap between the *sink* and
the backsplash (not the countertop and the backsplash).
What's the profile of the gap (square, rounded)? And what
are the countertop, sink, and backspash materials?
Are the sink/countertop and countertop/backsplash fully
sealed? I'm assuming they are and your concern is basically
a cosmetic one. If not, you have a bigger problem :-(
A link to a photo would help but right now, I don't have
much in the way of suggestions other than the obvious
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
On Jul 16, 6:00 pm, email@example.com (Malcolm Hoar) wrote:
The linoleum countertop is rolled up to form the backsplash.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure how to post a pic here.
Basically the countertop and backsplash is all one piece. |
The back of the sink is vertical (maybe a slight angle). With the
roll of the linoleum, there is a curve along the bottom of the gap
There should be as little caulk visible as possible. The seal should
be entirely under the rim of the sink. Your counter top is plastic
laminate, not linoleum, and it is most likely applied to a chipboard
Superfluous caulk just makes it harder to clean and gives mold a
larger surface to grow on. After removing the old caulk and
degreasing/cleaning, I'd use a 100% silicone caulk in whatever color
that floats your boat made for kitchens and baths (has a mildecide in
the mix), tape off both sides of the gap, caulk, strike off 95% of the
excess caulk with a putty knife, remove the tape cleanly (cut into
sections as necessary to ease removal), spray a H2O+few-drops-of-
liquid-soap solution onto the caulking getting both sides wet, then
use a gloved-and-frequently-wiped-off finger to smooth the caulk into
its final position. Don't overwork it.
Much better :)
What it looks like to me...
1. The counter is post formed laminate, probably over particle board. By
"post formed", I mean that the top, backsplash and front edge are all one
2. The sink is rusting which means it is steel, probably with an enamel
3. The laminate appears to have failed back of the sink. No idea why, it
should not have. It is possible - can't tell from the photos - that there
is no gap, merely an accumulation of rust and crud that makes it appear
there is. Have you tried scraping to see?
What I would do...
1. Replace the sink. If it is rusting it will continue to do so. Replace
it with stainless steel, porcelain, cast iron with fused porcelain or
2. If the top is actually a post formed one and if the laminate has actually
failed, I would replace it. Alternatively, after thorough cleaning, it
could be caulked as RicodJour explained.
It looks like it is rusting along the front as well as rear. Steel sink
bedded with silicone? Needs to be pulled up and replaced or - possibly -
all the rust cleaned off and rebedded. Use plumber's putty.
Had a bath sink all cruddy like that. It was one of the cheapo cast iron
with porcelain. Removed it. Wire brushed with drill till clean. Brush
painted all exposed cast iron with RustOleum Rusty Metal Primer.
Fortunately particle board under Formica was not damaged. Cleaned up
stained counter with BarkeepsFriend. All worked out real well.
Saw a segment on How They Do It where they were doing maintenance on
cruise liners while in port. They use phosphoric acid (unknown
concentration) on exposed metal. Converts the rust and leaves a black
film/scale which actually becomes a rust retardant. Then of course you
look at the active ingrediant in naval jellies and it's...phosphoric acid
I think DadiOH has it right. The OP said there is a gap between the
sink and the backsplash, not between the sink and the cutout. The pic
appears to be a combination of rust and crud. If the sink and counter
were "recently replaced" the OP was either scammed or chose inferior
product. There shouldn't be any caulk between the sink and backsplash--
just keep clean with a small brush and cleanser. The caulk should be
under the rim of the sink.
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