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How to Caulk Your Bathtub

Calking your bathtub

Has the old bathtub caulking started to peel, leak or look gross? If yes, you are probably due to caulk your bathtub. This process is much easier than you might think! Read on to learn how to caulk your bathtub.

Things That You Will Need for Caulking Your Bathtub :

  • Utility Knife

  • Caulking GunCalking gun

  • Putty Knife

  • Low VOC Caulk

  • Painters Tape

  • Sponge & Rag

  • White Vinegar


  1. Remove Old Caulk From Bathtub

  • Using a utility knife, scrape off the existing caulk around the bathtub. Be careful not to scratch the bathtub or wall tiles.

  • Clean around the area with white vinegar and a sponge to get rid of any mold or leftover caulk.

  • Dry the area with a rag and let dry.

  1. Prepare Before Caulking Your Bathtub

  • Using painters tape for improved accuracy and to avoid a mess – tape along one piece above the part you want to caulk and then one piece beneath it. This is so when you are caulking your bathtub if you get some of it on the tape it can be easily cleaned up.

  • Try to place the tape approximately 1/8” on either side of the spot you want to caulk.

  1. Caulk your Bathtub

  • The opening tip of the caulk should be the same size as the area between the painters tape.

  • Trim the caulk at about a 45 degree angle.

  • Load caulk gun with the caulk and use smooth steady pressure on the trigger while you move it along the seam of the tub.

  • Try not to move too slowly, use a gradual medium speed pace while caulking a tub.

  • After the caulk has been applied, with your finger run along the joint to smooth it out and rid of the remaining caulk. Some people use an ice cube instead of their finger and this method is perfectly fine as well.

  • Wait 20-24 hours to let dry.

When caulking a tub, shower or re caulking your bathtub, use a steady hand and pay attention to detail so it looks smooth and professionally done. Now that you have learned how to re caulk your bathtub, you can enjoy stepping into it more often without being disgusted in how it looks! If you would like some assistance with this project, give Home Painters Toronto a call at 416-494-9095

Brian Young - Home Painters Toronto

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