caulk counter to tile

harpendMay 7, 2013

Several years ago we redid our kitchen. We did not plan to do it ourselves but we fell into the "we might as well..." trap: haul away the old counter, rebuild a wall, and so on.

Everything worked out except the joint between the IKEA butcher block countertop and the wall tile. We found Spectrum siliconized acrylic latex caulk to match the color of the grout, and things looked good. Soon however the caulked joint cracked. Today the caulk is completely dry and brittle.

My question is whether to redo the caulk else to replace it with gray silicone caulk. I am afraid the wood movement with silicone caulk between wood and tile will just pull the tile loose. Does any know of a water-base caulk that will stay flexible?

Thanks, Henry Harpending

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pandora1

Henry,
Before our renovation, in old kitchen, the caulk between our backsplash and counters did the same thing. This only happened on the exterior wall, but did not do that on any interior walls. Not sure what type of caulk was used, but figured it had to do with it being on the exterior wall.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 9:30PM
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lazy_gardens

Read the tubes carefully - make sure the caulk is one that will stay flexible after it dries

Just "siliconized" isn't enough.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 1:24PM
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Circus Peanut

I believe your best bet is to use a 100% silicone caulk. The tile companies each sell tubes of it in colors to match their grout.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 2:26PM
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attofarad

peanut, I have found that many of the matching caulks are "siliconized acrylic" not 100% silicone. I was unable to find a single one locally which was 100%, although some tile shops would order one for me or I could get them online.

At least the inferior one is easier to remove and re-do.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 7:10PM
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SmartDesignerGirl

You can get 100% Silicone at any local hardware store. You will have to clean off all the old caulking first....Silicone doesn't stick to silicone. You can also call a company called PolySil...they have exacting matching 100% Caulk.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 1:58PM
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attofarad

SmartDesignGirl,

Other than a very few colors (white, almond, clear, gray, black), I have not seen any 100% silicone caulk in the stores, and no sanded at all. Home Depot has none stocked, Lowes has none stocked, two local tile shops have none in any color (just the siliconized latex that matches their grouts).

Thanks for pointing out that silicone will not stick to old (cured) silicone.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 2:28PM
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SmartDesignerGirl

Try Ace Hardware....Our local store stocks a gray. If you want an exact match...Get Polysill.....Color Rite makes it.
www.colorriteinc.com

Or Try Axiom....
Translucent silicone colors in White, Beige, Gray, Rose, Green, Blue, Charcoal and Earth

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 3:16PM
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SmartDesignerGirl

Try Ace Hardware....Our local store stocks a gray. If you want an exact match...Get Polysill.....Color Rite makes it.
www.colorriteinc.com

Or Try Axiom....
Translucent silicone colors in White, Beige, Gray, Rose, Green, Blue, Charcoal and Earth

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 3:17PM
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StoneTech

Silicone caulk is the only thing that belongs there. Clean it well first.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 4:46PM
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