How to recaulk a renovated bathtub

How to recaulk a renovated bathtub

How to recaulk a renovated bathtub

Many older bathtubs wear out and the finish gets scratched and looks ugly over time. Older tubs can also be oddly colored with colors that are no longer in style. Replacing a tub can be an expensive and time-consuming project that requires removing parts of the wall to remove the old tub. Having your tub refinished eliminates this messy and expensive tear-out procedure, and you can have a new-looking tub in less than a day.

There are a few problems with refinished tubs that can occur when recaulking a refinished tub. The epoxy coating that is applied to a refinished tub is not as durable as the original baked finish that is applied to new tubs. Therefore, removing old caulk from a renovated tub can be a difficult procedure to do without damaging the tub’s epoxy finish. Often the caulk that is applied after the tub is finished is not a high quality 100% silicone caulk and this caulk can turn black and bloom in a short period of time. There are also many different grades of epoxy finish that can be applied to a bathtub. Some cheap epoxy finishes are not very durable and can scratch and scratch easily. Also many cheap epoxy tub finishes will come off when the caulk is removed from the renovated tub.

It takes a lot of skill and patience to remove old caulk from a renovated bathtub without damaging the epoxy finish. However, it is still necessary to remove the old caulk before installing new caulk when recaulking a tub. You never want to just apply new caulk over old caulk when doing any type of recaulk procedure. Also, you don’t want to just leave moldy black caulk in the tub, as it looks ugly and mold can create health problems for your family and pets.

When removing old caulk from a renovated bathtub, you must first use a knife to cut away the old caulk. The utility knife should be angled so that it only scratches the area of ​​the tub where new caulk will be applied. Using a knife in this way will make it much easier to remove the caulk that adheres to the surface of the renovated tub.

After you cut the caulk with the utility knife, you should use a window scraper tool to carefully cut away the caulk that is attached to the tub. You should use gentle strokes with the window scraper and only cut through the old dirty caulk and do not cut into the renovated tub. The bottom layer of caulk often sticks permanently to the epoxy finish of the tubs and you may need to leave that layer of caulk there. There is no point in removing the caulk from a renovated bathtub if the finish is removed. You should never remove a section of caulk from a renovated bathtub. Peeling the caulk this way can also remove large sections of the epoxy finish and ruin the tub’s finish. After you have scraped off as much of the old caulking as possible, you can use isopropyl alcohol to clean the surfaces that are about to be caulked.

When applying new caulk to a tub, it’s best to tape all the edges that need to be caulked to ensure that a good, straight line of caulk will form. Cover the tub and adjacent wall about 1/8 inch and apply caulk. Just use 100% silicone caulk to make sure the new caulk doesn’t grow mold like the old caulk did. After applying the putty, smooth it with your finger. After you have smoothed the new caulk with your finger, you should remove the tape and smooth the caulk again with your finger. Covering the caulk line and smoothing it with your finger will give you a much more even and straight caulk line than you could get without removing the caulk joint.

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