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Old 09-13-2017, 10:37 AM   #406
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These are glazed ceramic tile. No issues there....I will give the blade thing a shot. I assume the mineral spirits are to just clean up the gunk and does nothing for breaking down the actual silicone, right?

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Old 09-13-2017, 12:09 PM   #407
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This the tub/shower you did only a couple years ago, Jeff?
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:43 PM   #408
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@CX,

Yes it is. For some reason the silicone is pulling away from the tile. It's leaving a hairline gap between the two materials. Not sure why.

I used Color-sil from Colorite.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:54 PM   #409
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Quick note, the guys mentioned alcohol, not mineral spirits.
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I use a razor blade to get the majority of it. I've had good success with a stiff bristled brush and the silicone caulk removers that you'll find at the box store. Lift off works well but there's other brands also.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:21 AM   #411
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Thanks for the tips guys.....

Here is what's happening....not sure why. Its "sanded" Color Sil....
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:38 AM   #412
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I combined you with the original thread for this project, Jeff, so folks could see what you're working on.

Those separations from the tile edges almost certainly mean the silicone caulking was never actually bonded to those edges. Pretty common without the use of a backer rod in the gaps.

The tub/tile joint also might indicate movement of the tub, which is perfectly normal and the reason the flexible sealant is to be used in that joint. But if the sealant is not properly bonded to both surfaces it cannot compensate for such movement as is its intended function.

The "problem" is purely cosmetic and if you can live with it I would just leave it alone. You can, of course, remove and replace if it bothers you.

I don't favor having that tub/tile joint completely sealed anyway, but the industry standards call for a flexible sealant at that joint.

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Ol' Tonto first mentioned the mineral spirits in post #405. I've personally never found mineral spirits to do any good in removing cured silicone. Nor any other chemical, for that matter. I've had my best luck with a dry cloth and elbow grease after the majority of the material has been cut out.

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I will remove the remaining silicone with mineral spirits and a non-scratching scrubbing pad (white non woven pads).
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CX, could you elaborate on your comment about using backer rod in the joints? It seems like a sensible idea, but often isn't mentioned in tiling or caulking how-to's. Any further thoughts about when you should and shouldn't use it, sizing best practices, etc? Thanks!

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Old 09-14-2017, 02:18 PM   #414
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I did consider the tub moving, but since there are other areas outside the tub perimeter, I would have to agree with the silicone need ever being bonded properly.

I thought I would redo the silicone as too prevent gunk and mold from growing in the gap.

FYI...for scale those grout lines are 1/16" and the silicone just a click more.
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Here is the optimum way to install any sort of caulking or flexible sealant and what you really want in your installation. Not always the easiest method, but always the correct method.

On the smaller joints more commonly found in tile work, the depth and width of the joint can be equal.

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