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Old 07-18-2004, 12:57 AM   #1
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Caulk too soon

Sorry guys, but I can't think straight...so I'll ask you:

How soon after grouting can I caulk. I grouted today...I'd like to caulk tomorrow.
Then seal the grout the next day. I can only go that many days without taking a shower!

What is the timing between each event?:

1 grout
2. caulk
3. seal
4. take a shower

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Old 07-18-2004, 02:08 AM   #2
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caulk it today,take a shower tomorrow,seal it next sunday.
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Old 07-18-2004, 08:00 AM   #3
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Hi Steve

Are you using latex or silicone caulk?

It's my opinion that the latex needs longer to cure before repeated moisture exposure. I would recommend a minimum of 24 hrs. for silicone, and 48 hrs. for latex.

I would also seal the shower 24 hrs. after caulking (if using latex), and let dry overnight. If using silicone caulk, you can seal 1st, then caulk the next day.

Either way, you're 48 - 72 hrs. before using your shower.
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Old 07-18-2004, 10:53 AM   #4
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I agree that the latex takes longer to cure.
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I didn't see anyone recommending silicone over latex or the other way around. Which product is better? Do you have a preference?
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Old 07-18-2004, 11:28 AM   #6
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I have at my disposal:

DAP - Adhesive Caulk - Label indicate tubs, sinks, fixtures but does not tell me latex or silicone

White Lightning - Tub and Yile Adhesive Caulk - Silicone Fortified Latex

Color Caulk - Premium Tile and Fixture Caulk - Silicone Acrilic Latex

I see a lot of silicone WITH latex. What are you guys using out there that I can buy at Home Depot?
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You can buy DAP Alex plus if you need white. They also have a few limited colors right there in the paint department. In the tile aisle they have about five different colors. All of thes I mention are acrylic latex, not silicone.
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Old 07-18-2004, 01:25 PM   #8
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One more silly question!

Thanks John for the caulk answer!

How soon after grouting can I drill through to install the door? In my mind 2 days seems too soon...But I don't work with this stuff often enough!

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Hi Steve

Put that door together already!

The frame should also be caulked where it meets the wall. The bottom piece normally gets caulked to the surface. I always caulk all perimeter corners.
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Yep, just don't try to drill it with one of those mini-jackhammers. If the tiles are porcelain, I get a five-pack of carbide masonry bits at Home Depot and figure on expending most or all of them on just a few holes.
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