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Arsinek 07-26-2013 07:19 AM

caulk or grout shower corners
 
Ive looked around a bit and it seems most people suggest silicone on tile shower corners. I was curious what you guys opinion was.

oh'mike 07-26-2013 07:49 AM

Walls move--so when grouting--knife out the grout in the corners and apply a good caulk---I use silicone---however many setters prefer the color match caulks that are made by the grout manufacturers---

I've never had a failure with silicone so I have not tried the other products--

md2lgyk 07-26-2013 09:00 AM

I use the color match caulk. To me, it just looks better.

Arsinek 07-26-2013 09:34 AM

Any tips for applying the silicone? Ive used latex caulk a good bit but no silicone.

747 07-26-2013 12:22 PM

always caulk when change in plane.

md2lgyk 07-26-2013 12:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arsinek (Post 1221164)
Any tips for applying the silicone? Ive used latex caulk a good bit but no silicone.

I don't know what the pros do, but what I have done the couple of times I've used silicone caulk is to first lay out strips of painter's tape separated by the width I want the caulking to be, applied the caulk, then smoothing it out with a finger that was dipped in soapy water. You have to be careful, as the stuff sticks to almost anything.

Arsinek 07-26-2013 03:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by md2lgyk (Post 1221286)
I don't know what the pros do, but what I have done the couple of times I've used silicone caulk is to first lay out strips of painter's tape separated by the width I want the caulking to be, applied the caulk, then smoothing it out with a finger that was dipped in soapy water. You have to be careful, as the stuff sticks to almost anything.

Hmm soapy water. Does that work?

MNBuilder 08-22-2013 05:30 PM

I've recently replaced my master bathroom tub and I just used a caulk gun. It eliminates the mess and doesn't get all over.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt8TtoIVDt0

Peppe1019 08-22-2013 07:42 PM

Silicon can be removed with mineral spirits..

oh'mike 08-22-2013 08:33 PM

Silicone caulk is the most challenging until you learn how----

Here's how----

You need a roll of paper towels and a bottle of Greased Lightning.

Remember this---silicone will stick to any clean dry surface--
It will not stick to a wet soapy surface

Apply a small bead of caulk---immediately spray the line with Greased Lightning

Spray your finger---then tool the caulk with your finger, removing excess to a paper towel.

Try this---it works.

Arsinek 08-22-2013 09:49 PM

Ya, Im not looking forward to it. Im thinking I should play around with it on some piece of trash or something first.

vinceg14 08-24-2013 09:16 AM

409 works great for cleaning fresh silicone. apply the silicone before grouting and dish out the joint. allow it to dry and grout over the top. This seals the corner but lets your tile shower have a uniform finished look.


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