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how to recaulk a shower encloser

need to recaulk a shower encloser
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Posted 2015-12-27T17:49:42+0000  by flyers flyers
 

Hello flyers,

 

Caulking a shower is pretty similar to caulking anything else. The important highlights are cleaning away the old caulk, thoroughly cleaning the surface and keeping the area dry while the new caulk cures.

 

You can find a great guide on the subject here. In the case of this guide it walks you through caulking a sink but as I said the process is the same. Make sure you use kitchen and bath grade caulking and follow manufacturer specific directions for curing. I hope this helps.

 

 

Cheers,

Chris


Posted 2015-12-28T15:36:04+0000  by Chris_HD_ATL
Hello flyers,

In our aisles, not all caulks are the same.

When working above the water line, you'll expect to use water-based bathroom caulk that is paintable.

However, any time you're working in a wet environment, make certain to use mineral-spirits-based caulk ... a much better water barrier that is not paintable.

THE DIFFERENCE:

Water-based caulk typically dries very hard and inflexible.

It also tends to wash out when repeatedly exposed to moisture.

Mineral spirits-based caulk dries into a flexible bead of rubber ... a great water barrier that will not wash out.

HOW TO:

Pull the sharp blade tip of your Fourteen-in-One Tool backwards across the lower edge of the old caulk to free the edge from the tub/shower.

Re-position the sharp blade tip at a forty-five degree angle and cut the upper edge of the old caulk to free the entire strip.

The sharp tip of this tool is excellent for digging out stubborn caulk.

Once the old caulk has been removed, snip the caulk tube tip near the end at an angle.

Before loading the caulk tube into your caulk gun, pierce the foil seal inside the neck of the tube.

Slowly expel a thin bead of caulk along the seam and smooth.

Traditionally, your finger and a paper towel were common for smoothing.

Today, caulk finishing tools help create "perfect beads" of smooth, angled caulk.



Ask your Paint Associate to show you several options to create smooth caulk beads.

Allow your caulk to dry as specified on the tube and return your tub/shower to use.

FINALLY:

Should mold and mildew be a persistent problem in your bathroom, consider applying Concrobium Mold Control to problem areas as needed.

This product lays down a barrier that prevent mold and mildew from germinating.

In a wet area, you may have to apply several times a year.

Posted 2015-12-29T16:20:34+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
 
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