Re-Caulking Bathtub


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Old 10-27-00, 05:43 AM
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We need to re-caulk our bathtub and are disagreeing about whether we need to remove the old caulk first. It's discolored, probably from mildew, and does not scrub clean. My husband says just scrub it good and cover it so we don't have as big of a gap to fill with caulk. I think we should remove it to have a really clean application. Any thoughts?
 
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Old 10-27-00, 05:23 PM
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Hate to get into a domestic squabble, but you are right, and hubby is wrong. You should remove as much of the old caulking as you can and then allow the tub/shower to dry out. New caulking will not stick to a wet surface.

Buy the best latex (acrylic) caulking you can find. Before you begin, have a container of clean water and a sponge handy.

Squeeze caulking into the joint and push it in by running your finger along it. This is where most people quit, but the job's not done. Wring the sponge and begin dragging it along the joint. Do this repeatedly, rinsing the sponge and wringing it on each pass. Before long you will notice the joint becoming smooth and even, and there won't be any excess caulking on the tile and tub. This is how the pros do it. Allow the caulking to dry overnight.

John
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[This message has been edited by John Bridge (edited October 27, 2000).]
 
 

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