Caulking around bathtub


Old 07-05-10, 09:42 AM
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Caulking around bathtub

I have replaced the caulk around our bathtub in the past with good success, but the last time it didn't turn out very well.
I always use masking tape to outline where the caulk will go.
What I can't seem to remember is do I let the caulk set-up and then remove the tape, or should the tape be removed immediately after applying the caulk.
The last time I ended up with a very irregular line.
I may have cut the tube too big and applied too much caulk.
Any tips would be appreciated.
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Old 07-05-10, 09:52 AM
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I've never used tape along with caulking but you would want to remove the tape before the caulk set up, otherwise you would need to cut a line where the caulk meets the tape in order to break that bond.

The better you can apply the caulk, the better it will look. If your using a silicone caulk - take a rag damp with paint thinner to smooth out your caulk and remove any excess if needed. With latex caulks you would use a rag or sponge, damp with water.
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i would get a rounded edge about the size of a nickel or quarter and go over it to take excess off and make it look good and like the other guy said use paint thinner to take some off if needed
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