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Old 10-07-2013, 08:15 PM   #1
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Silicone caulking disaster!


Well, I tried the silicone. And it was a disaster. I spent 2 hours perfectly taping off the areas to be caulked, applied some silicone, sprayed it with greased lightening. Thought I would be slick masking and using the cleaner. Cleaner loosened up the tape and the silicone started to setup before I was done smoothing it all out. When I saw it was starting to setup I started removing the tape but it was too late, tape pulled on the silicone and ruined the bead.

So now I have to remove the jacked up silicone and boy that is a nightmare in and of itself.

Are there any tricks or products that will help with removing silicone? This is between tile shower surround and white steel tub.

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Boy, you're in deep trouble on this one. The problem is that most of the time to remove silicone you need a sharp tool, a razor blade scraper, etc. to really get it all off. In your case, anything sharp is liable to scratch the tub and the surround. And, using any type of chemical remover is gonna mar the finish on your tub. I would suggest trying a PLASTIC scraper......they are cheap and found in any hardware store. Use the edge of the scraper to lift the silicone. If it were hardened you could almost peel it out, but, I don't think you will be so lucky with fresh silicone. Anyone else have suggestions?

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I have been there ..lol. I made a big mess. And it stunk pretty bad.
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I have been there ..lol. I made a big mess. And it stunk pretty bad.

So what did you do?
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We ended up replacing the tub and shower surround. The tub cracked before I got around to fooling with it. My suggestion would be to take a box cutter and 5 in 1 to get in there and dig it out.
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We ended up replacing the tub and shower surround. The tub cracked before I got around to fooling with it. My suggestion would be to take a box cutter and 5 in 1 to get in there and dig it out.

5 and 1?
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You can find them at Walmart or Lowes in the paint dept. I think 6in1 are more common now. You could just try taking a box cutter if it is fully dry. Cutting a piece and peeling it off. Either way its not gonna be easy.
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Try McKanica® Silicone Caulk Remover Gel and or Mostenbocker's® Silicone Latex Caulk & Foam Sealant Remover. Both are usually avaiable at Ace Harware. Ace also stocks various types of plastic caulk removal tools. A plastic putty knife may also be a good tool to use.

Ready made tub and sink putty strips are available. These help you achieve a neat finish. There are also some latex based caulks availble for tubs.

The big box stores should also have these products.

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Try McKanica® Silicone Caulk Remover Gel and or Mostenbocker's® Silicone Latex Caulk & Foam Sealant Remover. Both are usually avaiable at Ace Harware. Ace also stocks various types of plastic caulk removal tools. A plastic putty knife may also be a good tool to use.

Ready made tub and sink putty strips are available. These help you achieve a neat finish. There are also some latex based caulks availble for tubs.

The big box stores should also have these products.

Good luck.
Thanks. Ill probably try one of those, if I can find them.

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