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Old 12-11-2008, 12:00 PM   #1
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Is there Any type of liquid to help remove chaulking from my tub?
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welcome to the forum!
is that chalking or caulking? the former would be calcium/lime buildup and can be removed with CLR or LimeAway type product. the latter is not so easily removed. i use a piece of plexi i shaped into a chisel to scrape off old caulk. it does not damage the plastic tub that way.

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any electricians onboard?
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any electricians onboard?
yup, go to electrical section and post your question!

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Thank YOU! I always thought it was chaulking until yesterday! I was always the winner of the spelling bees; oh, perhaps it's just age!
So, CLR will soften and assist in removing c-a-u-l-k?
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So, CLR will soften and assist in removing c-a-u-l-k?
nope, sure won't. it will have no effect at all on caulk. caulking has to be physically removed.

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Is this thread for real or have I finally entered the Twilight Zone?

Yes, there are several products that will help soften old caulk and aid in removal. It still has to be scraped off, though. Any hardware or home improvement store will have things like 3M Caulk Remover and inexpensive removal tools. As DM suggested, if your tub is plastic use plastic tools.
After it's all removed, clean it very well with rubbing alcohol. Before applying the new caulk fill the tub with water. This keeps the caulk from stretching and pulling loose later when the tub is filled. Good luck!
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It still has to be scraped off, though.
CLR will do nothing, and softeners only go so far, but with a hard plastic chisel, it comes off easily, i've never used a softener nor ever had a need, i guess. you'll still need to remove all old silicone before new caulk as well. (if silicone was used previously, you'd be surprised to see what I'VE seen used as caulking in tubs...)

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Nah, Mouse, I wouldn't be surprised....saw blue poster putty around a blue tub once.... At least that was easy to remove. The 3M stuff is helpful with some of the really old, brittle crap if you can leave it on overnight. I usually need to get the job done, though, so I use the elbow grease method. Swearing at it seems to help a little sometimes, too.
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i saw that tub too! and another one this gal tried to use her kid's Play-Doh!!! DOH! colors ran all over and, well, you get the idea..... oh yeah, and someone used JB weld/epoxy on one too! another had REALLY thick PAINT! owell...some people's children, i swear.....

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First I'd try what DangerMouse and Ratherbefishin' suggested but if that doesn't work, and if you have a little bottle of 'Goo Gone' around the house, try that. If you can try to get the edge of a putty knife under the caulk even a little bit and then squirt a little of the Goo Gone under it. Or, squirt the Goo Gone near any spot next to the caulk before you use the putty knife and maybe the knife will push a little under there and start loosening it.

If that doesn't work, go to a craft store and ask for a product called 'Un-du'. It's about $2-$4 for a small bottle. It is an adhesive remover meant to remove old pictures from the old 'magnetic' photo albums, but I've used it on all sorts of stuff.

If all else fails, invite a bunch of 3-7 year-old kids over, leave the bathroom door open, and tell them, "Do not go in the bathroom and do not pull that caulk out." They'll have it out of there for you in less than 15 minutes. Good luck, I hope it works out well for you.

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Mouse, you got me with the JB Weld.... If I ever see that, my bid will be for a complete bath remodel or I walk.......
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try goof-off
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