should new caulk peel off easily??

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by dl21, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. dl21

    dl21 New Member

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    Hi,

    I asked my first question on on this forum july 5th about my new shower caulking job (see July 5th, "will caulk cure?").I thought maybe I would be OK, but the issue now is that I am able to easily just peel off the new caulk, (there is grout under it).

    Should I be able to peel it off like that? I still have not used the shower, and am wondering if maybe the surface was not cleaned before the contractor used the latasil, I believe, caulk. I understand using alcohol is a good way to clean the surface after the old caulk is removed. I know the contractor removed the old caulk, but I did not see him use any alcohol or anything to clean after getting rid of old caulking.

    Do I need to remove recently applied caulk, prep surface with alcohol and re caulk? Thanks so much!!
  2. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple Bathroom Design & Build - North Vancouver, B.C.

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    Is the tile sealed? Was it sealed earlier?

    Are you using Silicone or LAtex Chaulk?

    JW
  3. dl21

    dl21 New Member

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    Thanks for your response. It was not sealed. The previous caulk was latex.
  4. dl21

    dl21 New Member

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    and the current caulk is silicone. (Latasil)
  5. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    No it should not peel off. Getting a bad tube of caulk is a lot more common than you would think. If the caulk is exposed to >100º , or freezing, during transport or storage, it may very well fail. Does it feel like it cured, but is just no sticking?
  6. dl21

    dl21 New Member

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    yes. it feels and looks cured, but I can easily, very easily pull it right off. (There was a peice that was sticking up and I pulled it just to see what would happen) Thanks. Sounds like I should recaulk?
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