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Old 09-10-2014, 10:52 AM   #1
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Shower door sealant question


In our house, when we need silicone, we always use GE brand Silicone II clear silicone. (I have health issues, and this brand is very tolerable for me.)

We're remodeling our bathroom, and the shower door guy asked if Silicone II is "acetoxy cure." When I called GE to ask, the GE rep asked me about our shower materials and then said, "Why would he want that? I think he needs a neutral cure." (Which Silicone II is.)

The materials involved are glass, metal, glass tile, porcelain tile and grout.

I'm hoping someone with shower door installation experience will have some insight.
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:02 PM   #2
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I'm sorry but what is the question.
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The questions are: Is there a reason to use an acetoxy-cure silicone in this situation rather than a standard neutral-cure product? What would you use in this situation?
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Well, it's not clear to me that the shower door guy DID want acetoxy. According to you, he asked if Silicone II is acetoxy. You didn't say why. Maybe he would tell you not to use it. Acetoxys can be mildly corrosive to metals such as aluminum. Assuming the door frame contains aluminum, that might be why he wanted to know. Ask the installer if he wanted it, or wanted to avoid it.

I assume when you say "health issues", you are talking about breathing that vinegary smell that some silicones have, which is the acetic acid byproduct. Perhaps that bothers you.
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Jeff -- Your message makes me wonder if there is a typo in his email to my contractor. He said, "The GE will work as long as it is acetoxy cure." It's possible that he MEANT to say "as long as it is NOT acetoxy cure." A lot of people type email on their phones and have fumble fingers. I am going to have to talk to him in person and not rely on messages passed on.

The GE works well for me because unlike some other brands, once it's fairly dry -- not even totally dry -- it doesn't give off anything that gives me a headache. There are other types of silicone that even when supposedly totally cured, are bad for me to be around.
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