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Old 06-30-2020, 02:07 AM   #1
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What type of caulk between sheetrock and tub surround


I'm using 100% silicone in between the seams of the plastic tub surround. It may be fiberglass I'm not sure. It's made by Sterling. What I'm not completely sure of is what to use between the sheetrock and the surround? The taper, I believe taped it and applied the mud and finish everything off. I painted it with semi-gloss. But I'm feeling like I am supposed to use something else in order to seal it better. If I use a hundred percent silicone I won't be able to paint over it so is it acceptable to use a siliconized acrylic caulk in that area or will that be begging for mold even if I paint over it?
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Don't use silicone. Paintable latex and be sure to tape off to the wall and the surround to get a clean line on it.
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I've always used a paintable latex caulking to caulk where the tub/shower surround meets the drywall. I've never used tape when caulking but it works well for some. If you can draw a nice bead where it just needs to be smoothed out it works well with out tape. A wet rag/sponge will clean up any errant caulk [and your finger]
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okay thank you guys. And the moisture from the surrounding tub shouldn't cause any mold? I don't expect that area to really get wet directly
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Unpainted caulk can mold under the right conditions, painting the caulk with the wall paint lessens that chance. A bath with tub/shower should always be painted with a latex enamel, a bath paint is even better.
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