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Old 04-16-2021, 11:06 AM   #1
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Anybody got any tips/tricks for caulking a bathtub. Looking online saw a few people taping off both sides then using a spoon to smooth out the caulk. Figured with all of the knowledge on here there would be some good advice. Thank you.
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Old 04-16-2021, 11:11 AM   #2
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Taping both sides works and produces good results, though more labor intensive. Whatever you use to smooth out, spoon, special tool, finger, etc. must be damp. Do not try and smooth out with a dry tool, it will just drag the caulking around.
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Old 04-16-2021, 11:12 AM   #3
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Tape is very helpful!
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:04 PM   #4
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I have chalked a lot of tubs in the last several years doing make readies for property management companies and this tool make it simple, fast and look great. No tape or anything else needed



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Old 04-16-2021, 12:27 PM   #5
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Use less than you think.
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:47 PM   #6
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I have always been told to PUSH the caulk tube instead of Dragging the caulk tube. Something about distribution within the area being caulked
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Old 04-16-2021, 01:13 PM   #7
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Guess you can worry about taping and all that but it has nothing to do with effectiveness, just looks. If you do though, I would wait till that application cures fully and then go back over it with another application that COVERS where you pulled the tape off. Just use the clear 100% silicone and looks won't be that critical. The main thing is that it doesn't leak, obviously!

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Old 04-16-2021, 01:39 PM   #8
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The trick my dad taught me when caulking anything is to dampen your finger and run it across. When you feel like you have too much excess and need to wipe your finger, you do.
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Old 04-16-2021, 01:46 PM   #9
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Old 04-16-2021, 02:57 PM   #10
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I have chalked a lot of tubs in the last several years doing make readies for property management companies and this tool make it simple, fast and look great. No tape or anything else needed



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I re did my shower and used one of these and it worked great


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Old 04-16-2021, 04:00 PM   #11
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Caulk will shrink and is temporary. But paintable if needed. Wet finger and keep cleaning

Silicone is a better option if not paining. Spray with denatured alcohol instead of water.

Keep hands and surface CLEAN and damp with appropriate liquid. No tape needed
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Old 04-16-2021, 04:57 PM   #12
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What are you caulking to? Most tubs have tile surrounds above and if you caulk where the tile hits the tub it will mildew behind the caulk. A little more info is needed.
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Old 04-16-2021, 06:26 PM   #13
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Caulk will shrink and is temporary. But paintable if needed. Wet finger and keep cleaning

Silicone is a better option if not paining. Spray with denatured alcohol instead of water.

Keep hands and surface CLEAN and damp with appropriate liquid. No tape needed
This right here. It also helps to have small lady type fingers too. Get it wet and clean excess often.My wife is world class quality when it comes to applying caulk/silicone products. In my circle of people, they make fun of my very large hands and fingers. Even my pinky is bigger than most peoples thumbís. I can do a lot of things but canít spread caulk with my Fred flintstone digits.
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Old 04-16-2021, 06:27 PM   #14
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It is basically one of those all in 1 shower tubs kits from HD. Doing it at a hunting cabin in the Hill Country.
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Old 04-16-2021, 07:52 PM   #15
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Put caulk I corner's before assembly. Set panels per instructions. Let dry for a day and use caulk per instructions after a couple of days. The instructions with the surround will tell you the compatible caulk. No worries on mildew in this scenario.
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Old 04-16-2021, 08:10 PM   #16
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Guess you can worry about taping and all that but it has nothing to do with effectiveness, just looks. If you do though, I would wait till that application cures fully and then go back over it with another application that COVERS where you pulled the tape off. Just use the clear 100% silicone and looks won't be that critical. The main thing is that it doesn't leak, obviously!
Cool, think I will give this way a try next time needed, thanks.
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Old 04-17-2021, 12:31 AM   #17
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If you're caulking where the tile meets the tub make sure the tub is full when you caulk it.

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Old 04-17-2021, 10:18 AM   #18
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I use a dripless caulk gun (smooth rod not the ratchet). Wear double rubber gloves (so you can change without getting caulk everywhere). After the initial bead, drag your finger to smooth. Use clear silicone caulk if you can (white silicone is messier than duck stuff).
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Old 04-17-2021, 11:38 AM   #19
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Also make sure you clean the area with rubbing alcohol. Most of the work is on the prep.
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Old 04-17-2021, 11:42 AM   #20
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Cualk the seams and get you finger wet and wipe down
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Old 04-17-2021, 12:12 PM   #21
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That tub insert should only require caulk in about 2 spots, about 3 inches, each. The instructions should tell you where to put it. Any other gaps should be overlapping and self draining, and not need caulking, otherwise, unless you’re just dying to do it. I did a 4 pc one just like that, a few years back.

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