Vinyl floor adhesive loosening at bathtub


Old 08-30-03, 10:04 AM
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Vinyl floor adhesive loosening at bathtub

The silicone adhesive next to our tub is breaking away and the vinyl floor edge is raising a bit. Before reapplying some silicone, I'd like to also squirt some adhesive inside the slim crack between the vinyl's edge and the tub itself (it's a very slim crack; they really cut it to fit tight). The jelly-like liquid nails that we have is too thick. Does anyone know of a "true liquid" (not thick gel) adhesive that I could pour along this crack to help adhere the bottom of the vinyl to the floor once we try to reapply the silicone bead?
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Old 08-30-03, 06:00 PM
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not so sure there is a fix for that one,generally once they start to curl like that not much you can do.Maybe try to get some seam sealer in there with a syringe type applicater that you can find a t flooring supply co. in the area,then there is the problem of getting something on it to hold it down while it sets up
Old 08-31-03, 01:13 AM
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I have had good luck fixing these types of problems with what's called "tub metal". Of course, it won't contour around curved tubs, but works great along straight tubs and showers and at sliding glass doors and regular flat front exterior thresholds.

It's a little difficult getting the metal under the vinyl and the edge of the vinyl tucked into the groove of the metal, but it can be an attractive and successful repair that will last for many years. Tub metal might be more easily found at a floor covering store, rather than the average hardware store. It's a specialty item.

Good luck.
Old 08-31-03, 05:46 PM
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Vinyl floor repair

First, purchase a small can of multipurpose vinyl floor adhesive. Using the wrong adhesive can cause discoloration and other problems with vinyl. Old caulk should be removed and area cleaned thoroughly with mineral spirits. New caulk will not stick to old.

Vacuum the area along tub with crevice tool or hose. A putty knife can be used to loosen the vinyl. Use a heat gun at low temperature or a hair dryer to warm and relax the vinyl. Smooth with fingers as you work.

Use the putty knife to apply adhesive under the edge of the vinyl and press it down firmly to squeeze out excess adhesive. Wipe excess adhesive with mineral spirits. Rub back and forth along seam, pressing down to squeeze out excess adhesive. Wipe. Place books, bricks, or other heavy objects along seam for at least 24 hours. Then, apply new caulk.
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