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Old 10-28-2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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Re-caulked the tub. It all peeled off by end of shower. Cure time? Bad caulk?


I re-caulked my tub with a tube of DAP Kwik seal.
Did it on Sat afternoon.
The next morning, I showered, and it will bubbled and started to peel.
I scraped it all off with a towel, since it was so soft.

I guess I only waited about 18 hours.
When I redo it, how long should I wait before taking a shower?

I used this:
http://www.dap.com/product_details.a...=22&SubcatID=5


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Old 10-28-2013, 04:17 PM   #2
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Re-caulked the tub. It all peeled off by end of shower. Cure time? Bad caulk?


I had that happen too. The next time around I used some Red Devil kitchen and bath caulk that advertised 1 hr til it could get wet (I waited 8 hrs anyway, worked fine).

Most important thing I found for adhesion was to use some alcohol wipes to clean the surfaces where the caulk would adhere to.

Of course, time, temp, humidity all come in to play for curing time.

This is just based on my experience, I'm sure there are better products out there. I just needed it to be ready fast for the wife and kids (it's our only shower).

Good luck!

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Re-caulked the tub. It all peeled off by end of shower. Cure time? Bad caulk?


I have used the Dap with no problems I suspect something in the corner such a a silicone residue or some soap scum or something.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:46 PM   #4
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Re-caulked the tub. It all peeled off by end of shower. Cure time? Bad caulk?


To do it right all the old caulking need to go.
It needed to be perfectly clean and dry.
You fill the tub 1/2 up and only use silicone caulking with a mildicide in it.
Wait 24 hours and drain the tub.
Kwic seal is useless.
If the wall at the bottom is molded or the tiles are loose (if there's tile) most likely your wasting your time. There's possible moisture damage behind the wall.
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Re-caulked the tub. It all peeled off by end of shower. Cure time? Bad caulk?


Can you post a better product to use?
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Re-caulked the tub. It all peeled off by end of shower. Cure time? Bad caulk?


http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-Silico...5#.Um7crBPD_IU
Also comes in colors and caulking gun sized tubes.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:55 AM   #8
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Re-caulked the tub. It all peeled off by end of shower. Cure time? Bad caulk?


+1 to Joe's feedback.

Most caulking issues are surface prep related.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:29 PM   #9
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Re-caulked the tub. It all peeled off by end of shower. Cure time? Bad caulk?


Redid this with the same DAP. This time, I waited 2 days.
On the 3rd day, I saran wrapped the caulk on the tub edge, and took a fast shower.
It seems to have held.

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