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Catch part one of the series: How To Caulk Your Bathroom
As with any project you undertake, preparation is the key to a good repair. Not only that but it makes the rest of the job a lot easier. For this part of the repair you will need a blade scraper or fine edged putty knife, some medium grade (150-220 grit) sandpaper and, believe it or not, a wooden paint stick. You’ll find out about that later.
First we will be removing the caulk and preparing the area. If you notice peeling in some areas, you may be able to take some of caulk out by hand by simply peeling it off. With the rest of it you will need either your blade scraper or your putty knife. This is done by running the putty knife from the edge of the caulk on the bathtub to the wall, then from the edge of the caulk on the wall to the bathtub. This part is sometimes very time consuming but will help in the adhesion of the new caulk.
After the majority of the old caulk is removed, you can take a single edged razor blade and scrape off the remaining small pieces of caulk, being careful not to scratch the wall or the bathtub. After this, take a piece of your sandpaper, wrap it around the small end of the paint stick, and sand the gap between the bathtub and wall. Although this is not a mandatory step, I’ve found it helps out a lot with the adhesion of the new caulk. Now, simply clean the area with a damp sponge and dry. You’re now ready to apply the caulk.
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