How do I place caulk strip around bathtub with curved corner edge

lpaltaAugust 31, 2014

All brands of caulking strips/instructions are for 90 degree corner edges. You just cut and stick. Our shower is a tub surround with curved corners. I can't get the strips to flex firmly into the corners? Help, please...

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Use a tube for the corners. I prefer a good silicone from a tube everywhere as opposed to the strip I feel they seal better.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 12:30PM
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Have you ever used those strips before? I have, many many years ago. IMO they aren't a good substitute for the real (silicone) thing. They don't' seal as well and don't look as good OR last as long.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 1:22PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Tube caulk is definitely better long term, and also for looks IMHO. If you are unsure how to do it, there are You-Tube videos showing several different ways to get clean sharp lines.


    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 5:56PM
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Oh golly, I forgot to mention the reason I am using the strips instead of the tube caulk. The surround was cut about 1/2 inch high at one end. I can do a thin strip as shown in the You-Tube videos, but murder it when trying to cover up the mistake made in cutting with the tube caulk. I will show picture when I decide which way to go. Oh, don't laugh. The tub is lavender!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 7:19PM
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Are you expecting the strip to be waterproof?
I would fill the gap with clear silicon, multiple stages if necessary, then use the strip as a beauty cover. If you cant bend it around a curve, it must have a bottom piece. Slice it where you want it to bend. Or cut it off if feeling lucky.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 9:29PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Tim- good answer! I agree. Use silicone to seal and waterproof. Then use the strip as a "beauty" strip. Can you notch the strip to fit before removing the backing to see how it fits around the bend?


    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 1:13AM
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OMG, thanks for the waterproof/notching advice. I will give it a try and post pictures when done...

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 5:07PM
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Update on my dilemma, I filled the gap with clear silicon and covered with a strip. I didn't notice until I opened the strip that it was almond color, not white. For the corners I cut the strip in the middle fold and it adhered pretty good in the corners. It will do for now. We plan on converting to a shower with no tub sometime before the end of the year so that's okay.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2014 at 9:59AM
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Babka NorCal 9b

It looks neat and tidy...and water tight too! Good job. Put an almond color bathmat in there and it will look intentional. ;-)


    Bookmark   October 25, 2014 at 1:28PM
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