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Unread 10-10-2010, 09:57 PM   #1
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sanded caulk cure time

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I just sealed my shower door trim with sanded caulk from from the same people that make spectralock. It matches one of the colors, but it is basic latex caulk with sand and color to match.. The tube has very generic wording on it and doesn't mention how long it takes to cure..

We love our new shower and want to use it in the morning.. How long should I wait?

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Unread 10-10-2010, 10:39 PM   #2
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You used latex inside a shower? Better to use Laticrete's Latasil 100% silicone - it also matches the SpectraLock grout.

Usually 24 hrs at 70F, no more than 50% humidity, is a common minimum cure time. Not sure about that specific caulk, but with latex I wouldn't rush it.
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"sanded caulk from from the same people that make spectralock."
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I agree with Dana and would swap that latex out for silicone.

That's not the news you're looking for, but we'd rather tell you straight.

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If the entire shower is completely caulked with latex caulk, I would simply use the shower until it was time to replace the caulk, then use a 100% silicone. This might be a couple of years from now.

Your caulk should be completely dry in 2 or 3 days. I'd wait until Tuesday morning at the earliest.
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So it says Acrylic sanded caulk. I had to special order it from Lowes. It came from Laticrete..

I caulked just the shower door both sides. The rest of the shower is actually epoxy grouted in all the corners.. No expansion joints. We'll see how that holds up.. If it develop cracks, I'll silicone that too..

I'm not really impressed with this sanded caulk either, but it matches the grout really well..

I also used it to seal the toilet to the floor and I'll be ripping that up too at some point..

When I do re-do the caulk with 100% silicone, is it best to tape the seams to get the best look or can you use the same rubber tool to get the right look? I like the water clean-up of this stuff, but I remember silicone not being that forgiving..
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