Silicone caulk vs. latex caulk

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by midge, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. midge

    midge New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2008
    We are in the process of installing a sink vanity and the manufacturer's directions say to use a latex caulk. Is it okay to use silicone instead?

    Thanks.
     
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2004
    Occupation:
    Plumber
    Location:
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    caulk

    Yes, it may just be messier.
     
  3. Sponsor

    Sponsor Paid Advertisement

     
  4. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2007
    Occupation:
    Service Plumber
    Location:
    Connecticut
    The mess... There will be one, can be cleaned up with Denatured Alcohol and a rag...
     
  5. Master Plumber Mark

    Master Plumber Mark Master Plumber

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2005
    Occupation:
    Sensitivity trainer...to be caring and loving to a
    Location:
    indianapolis indiana - land of the free, home of
    use the latex....

    if you use DAP or latex caulk you will be fine.....

    if you use the silicone caulk, then you are pernamently
    installing that sink, because the silicone will never allow
    you take that sink out ever again is is in for good and will
    have to be broken to get it back out.......


    you only have to make this mistake once.....
     
  6. midge

    midge New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2008
    Latex it is then. Thanks!
     
  7. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2007
    Occupation:
    Robber, with some DIY on the side.
    Location:
    USA
    Let's just put something out there.

    Latex definitely to sit a sink on a vanity or to seal the gap against the wall but I would only use silicon to seat the drain against the sink.

    I used latex on my utility sink drain and it developed a leak. I redid it with silicone and now the leak has gone.
     
  8. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2007
    Occupation:
    Service Plumber
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Plumbers Putty works well for setting drains.
    I do not advocate gluing things in with Silicone RTV.
     
Similar Threads: Silicone caulk
Forum Title Date
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice Caulk: Silicone,Polyseamseal, Hercules or Other? Jul 23, 2011
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice How to be neat with Silicone Caulk? Nov 1, 2005
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice The Putty Vrs Silicone battle! Oct 4, 2014
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice Grohe Slip fit tub spout not flush against wall - should I trim pipe or just silicone around base? Aug 16, 2014
Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice Can I use silicone seal on a PVC pipe with a tiny leak? Aug 9, 2014

Share This Page