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Unread 01-24-2010, 06:10 PM   #1
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Caulking Question

Is caulk supposed to stay soft? I used some Polyblend sanded ceramic tile caulk and when you press on it, it depresses like putty and doesn't spring back.
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Unread 01-24-2010, 09:22 PM   #2
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Randy, I know you're real sensitive about having your posts moved, but attaching this question to that other fella's thread in the Restoration forum will just confuse both.

If this caulking is in conjunction with your backsplash thread, I'll move it over there.

We'll need to have some idea how long your caulking has been in place to give you much of a clue how well it should be cured by now, eh?
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Unread 01-24-2010, 09:27 PM   #3
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Sorry, I was wondering if that would be a problem.

The caulk has been set for several days. Fortunately, it's only in a few places if it's defective and I have to dig it out.
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Was the gap where the caulk went into completely clean and dry? At the time of caulking..... How long had the tile been set ? Setting material? How long had the grout been set?
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It was clean and dry when applied, although I did use a sponge to smooth it out like the directions said to. I haven't grouted. I have some that I squirted on a newspaper, that seems soft as well.
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Newspaper is pretty absorbent and that acrylic caulk should have had no problem whatsoever drying and firming up.

Is this for a backsplash or a tub or shower or ???

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I ended up throwing away the Polyblend caulk tube away and dug out the caulk I had already applied. When I was digging the caulk out, I noticed it still had that uncured odor and was pretty soft.

Instead of going back to Home Depot for another tube of Polyblend, I went to the nearby Arizona Tile, since I knew they carried Custom Building Products. When I asked for a tube of Polyblend caulk, they didn't give me Polyblend but gave me a tube with the label Spectrum. I guess it's a private lable that has been color matched. Also, it was cheaper than the Polyblend at Home Depot.

Anyway, I tried the Spectrum caulk and it worked good.
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Randy,

Thanks for the update.
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