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Old 08-15-2011, 10:58 AM   #1
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calk around bathtub is cracked


Hi, The calk around my bathtub is cracked and I need to replace it. What is the best way to do this, and the best products?
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I use a hard silicone caulk removal tool, and a lot of muscle power. Then clean up with acetone, let dry, and apply a new good bead of Kitchen & bath caulk, that has anti-microbal, to not allow it to be invaded by mold & mildew. On a regular basis, caulk should be replaced no more than every 18 months, because it does wear out.



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Hi, The calk around my bathtub is cracked and I need to replace it. What is the best way to do this, and the best products?
Caulk doesn't generally "crack". Grout will, if put next to the tub or in a corner. If it's grout, you can take a stiff scraper(1"-2") and tap it(the grout) to break the connection with the tile. Clean the space completely and dry it with a hair dryer. Then apply the caulk Greg recommended.
I don't agree with replacing the caulk every 18 months as a rule. Replace it as needed.
I've done bath jobs, 10 -15 years ago with the same caulking in place. Not allowing mold buildup will keep it it good shape.
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With my wife Ron, because she scrubs it so much, when she cleans the tub, it gets replaced around about every 18 months.



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With my wife Ron, because she scrubs it so much, when she cleans the tub, it gets replaced around about every 18 months.
Greg, we all have our crosses.
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Tell me about it. If she had never touched the caulk around the tub when she did, I would not have spent a weekend gutting the rock-lathe around the tub, to give her a new bathroom. One thing always leads into another, and look what it gets them in turn. As for the op, I have noticed that the white acrylic caulk that we used around the bath vent is cracking, which leads me to believe that acrylic caulk was used around the tub. If this is a older home, who knows how long it has been there.



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