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Old 12-01-2009, 05:16 AM   #1
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Hi,
I would like to get some advice on how can i seal the bathtub seal properly. I believe they are ceramic tiles. Please kindly find some photos attached.
The caulking keeps on coming off after 2-3 months and finally this is how the wall next to the tub looks like. All i can think is either the caulking was wrong or there is a leak behind the facet.
Please kindly let me know what i should do and how, where can i buy the correct caulk or grout material? Is there i can prevent further damage to the walls?
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Where tile meets drywall or plaster, or where tile changes planes(tub-tile joint, where on wall meets another), use caulk. Make sure the joint is clean of all debris, dust, moisture, etc. Use silicon caulk specific for bathrooms(it has a mildewcide). Finish the joint with a moistened finger or spoon. This improves the way it looks and makes a better bond on both surfaces.

For all tile-tile joints, grout. This process is considerably different and may not be OK for the casual DIY. grout is a cement product, unsanded for joints smaller than 1/8", sanded grout for larger joints. The joints must be clean and free of loose material. Grout(avoid premixed) is forced into the gaps with a sponge float, allowed to partially dry(follow directions on the package), then wiped clean with a damp sponge.

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I am not sure what type of silicone caulking i should used. Recently we used the silicont sealent but it doesn't seem like it would stay on the tiles? Could you kindly give me a little more detail.
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Before you recaulk, be sure to thoroughly clean out the joint. That means getting rid of any soap scum and old caulk. Use a toothbrush to scrub it out. Then clean it out with de-natured alcohol. You can use the de-natured alcohol to tool the surface of the silicone caulk and force it into the joint. Silicone won't stick to dirt, soap or old caulk.
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Thanks so much but i can't find this silicone on homedepot or orchard supply....... where can i find it? Will this stick to the ceramic tiles?
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Hi,
Thanks so much but i can't find this silicone on homedepot or orchard supply....... where can i find it? Will this stick to the ceramic tiles?
Many Thanks,
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Home Depot sells the caulk. Ask someone in the Paint Dept.Lowes sells it. All lumber yards sell it. Most hardware stores sell it.
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A couple of other tips to keep in mind are:

The surface should be clean, dry and free of grease or oil.
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Let the caulking dry for at least 16 to 24 hrs after it is installed to cure properly.

Siliconized acryllic will shrink, crack and become brittle over time, 100% silicone will not.

Also some surfaces like sandstone or stainless steel require a primer before silicone can bond to it.

good luck


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