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.
- 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.
- Clean area well with rubbing alcohol. Alcohol is flammable so no smoking, soak rag in water, ring out and let air dry when done.
- 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.
- 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.
- Smooth out caulking by dragging the clean spoon across the bead in the opposite direction.
- 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.
- Always read the product manufacturer’s instructions completely before beginning.