Difficulty Level: 1

A bathtub caulking job can make or break the overall appearance of one of the largest fixtures in your home. Such a seemingly small project yet many weekend handymen and women struggle with this task. Follow these simple steps for a job well done.

  1. Remove the old stuff with a straight edge razor (not a utility knife) but a retractable type with a handle for a firm grasp. Take your time. The cleaner it is the better the end result. Be careful not to cut yourself.
  2. Clean area well with rubbing alcohol. Alcohol is flammable so no smoking, soak rag in water, ring out and let air dry when done.
  3. Apply 100% silicone ( I like the GE 2 in white) in a bead at least 1/4″ and no more than 3/8″ in diameter along the perimeter where the wall tile meets the tub. For extra insurance you may want to temporarily apply masking tape to the tile 3/8″ up and to the tub 3/8″ out. Leaving an even gap between the two.
  4. Remove the excess using a plastic spoon, scooping up only 4″-6″ at a time and removing the excess caulk from the spoon with a paper towel.
  5. Smooth out caulking by dragging the clean spoon across the bead in the opposite direction.
  6. When you are happy with the way it looks, remove the masking tape before caulking begins to skin over. Allow to fully cure before exposing to water.
  7. Always read the product manufacturer’s instructions completely before beginning.