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homers
Fuquay Varina, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2012
10:01 AM

Post #8980560

What is the best brand of caulk to use on a porcelain tub with tile surround? I used a DAP product and it peeled right away. Any advise on brand and application would be most appreciated!
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 24, 2012
10:09 AM

Post #8980568

I'd also be glad to know. I have had a lot of trouble with the caulk around my tub. It cracks and shrinks and has to be redone often.

ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 24, 2012
12:35 PM

Post #8980732

I don't know how DAP compares to other brands, but peeling up right away suggests it's a problem with how the surface was prepared ahead of time vs the brand of caulk that was chosen. If the surface wasn't cleaned properly the new caulk can't adhere. You may find this helpful: http://www.ehow.com/how_1000545_recaulk-bathtub-tub.html
homers
Fuquay Varina, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2012
2:22 PM

Post #8980885

Thank you ecrane so much! I printed the article and will show it to my husband. I didn't think to fill up the bathtub!! But it sure makes sense! Thanks again!
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 24, 2012
5:38 PM

Post #8981132

The other important point in that article was about using the caulk remover, etc to thoroughly clean the surface after pulling out the old caulk...if you had silicone caulk on there before and don't do that step, filling up the tub won't solve your problem.
homers
Fuquay Varina, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 26, 2012
4:54 AM

Post #8982614

You read my mind! When I was showing my husband the article we both realized we hadnt used the caulk remover. Thanks again!
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 26, 2012
5:57 PM

Post #8983527

Good luck!

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