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Gap between whirlpool and tile- how to fill?

Old 09-07-19, 10:03 AM
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Gap between whirlpool and tile- how to fill?


I am trying to update our master bath. The bath has a whirlpool tub built into a cabinet. The whirlpool sits on tile. There use to be a mess of caulk all around the tile-to-tub transition. I have been removing much of this. It was both silicone and latex...looks like silicone was put over the latex later on. I plan to regrout the tile gaps and other tile-tile seems. I really want this to look neat. The big challenge is what to do with the tile-tub seem.

1) I could redue it with caulk and make sure the lines are straight using tape.
2) Use grout
3) use some sort of tape-like caulk product
4) use a small pice of cove trim...maybe a plastic type and seal it in with caulk

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What would be the best option?

Also is there a good way to remove silicone caulk off acrylic ?

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Old 09-08-19, 04:17 AM
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The only viable option is caulk!

Forgett 100% silicone, it's krap, use a good siliconized latex with microban!
Old 09-08-19, 04:27 AM
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Agree with Marq, but question why he says a high quality kitchen and bath 100% silicon is bad. I would've thought the latex stuff is not as good. Do i need to be corrected?
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I too am interested to hear about the caulk.

For a neat caulk line you can put masking tape on both sides of the joint. Apply the caulk. Then pull up the tape and let the caulking cure.

Another option with silicone caulk is to use rubbing alcohol on a rag. The alcohol prevents the caulk from sticking and allows you to use an alcohol soaked wrag to "buff" and work the joint to get it looking nice. Alcohol also works on your finger tip when smoothing caulk.

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