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Discuss Need advice caulking a bathtub when the gap is BIG between wall tiles & tub. Thanks. in the The Welcome Forum area at TilersForums.co.uk.

  1. phil2b

    phil2b Active Member

    Location:
    New York City
    Hi folks. I am a new member. I have done some tiling but am still a slightly advanced beginner. I have 2 questions, one small & one big, about caulking a bathtub. Some folks mentioned filling up the tub with water prior to caulking. How long do you leave the water in the tub? One youtube video suggested leaving the water in for 24 hours after caulking. Do you agree?

    Bigger question. I live in an old building & at least 30 years ago, whoever tiled & caulked my tub was very sloppy. The gap between the tiles on the wall & the tub varies from 1/4 inch to almost an inch! That is (I think) between 6 mm & nearly 24 mm. The only good news is that the gap is not deep (going into the wall) & I have cleaned out the gap well. I was thinking of adding one layer of caulk & then adding more caulk after maybe 5 or more hours (when the first layer is dry) Then I would continue adding layers of caulk until the gap is filled & level. By the way, the gap between the tiles and the tub is filled with grout.


    Thanks VERY MUCH or your help.
     
  2. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Gloucester
    I would look at raising the bath to meet the tiles...
     
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  3. phil2b

    phil2b Active Member

    Location:
    New York City
    Gap.JPG Thanks, but that would not work. The gap varies in size from about 6 mm to almost 24 mm on the different walls surrounding the tub. There is only one small section of the tub where the wall tiles are level with the tub.
    Decades ago, lazy workers patched up the gap with a combo of grout & caulk. I removed that "combo" & will re-caulk the gap later. I cut & installed 3 tiles that are longer so the gap could be smaller. But I don't want to cut & replace every tile next to the tub.
    I am new to this site. Hope you can see the photo & read my reply. I don't know why my photo shows up twice, but I don't have time to change it. Thanks for your help. Gap.JPG
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2018
  4. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

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    You could get yourself a pack of these to stick round the bath to reduce the gap...
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  5. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member

    Location:
    Salisbury
    Ir go to double glazing place and by a length of 19 mm plastic quadrant
     
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  6. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    I would use a pvc quadrant
     
  7. callatiler

    callatiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    That bath definitely looks as tho it has moved down, the problem is that you don’t know if it’s still moving down or has it stopped. Is it the bath legs or is the floor under the bath giving way. You need to take bath panel off and see why this is happening or you could be visiting your neighbor or basement the quick way. No amount of silicone or quadrants will permanently fix this and IMO those tiles look past their sell by date and all need renewed anyway. So in short fix the bath and floor first then get some new tiles on :thumbsup:
     
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    pdc Living the dream..... Professional Tiler

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  9. callatiler

    callatiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

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    pdc Living the dream..... Professional Tiler

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  11. callatiler

    callatiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

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    No yours is cif mines is jif keep up :p
     
  12. pdc

    pdc Living the dream..... Professional Tiler

    In Sweden, the United Kingdom, and South Africa the products were sold under the name Vim before this was changed to Jif, the launch name in Ireland, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. In January 2001, the name in most of these countries was changed to Cif, in order to harmonise marketing and product inventories across the continent.

    :D
     
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  13. neilrj

    neilrj Active Member

    Location:
    Merseyside
    Jif the real deal, none of this euro-naming nonsense, and don't get me started on Oil of O/Ulay.
    But having said that I worked in printing and when Marathon changed to Snickers we made a fortune:- first it was a new pack design for
    Marathon (redesigned slightly to allow a 'flash')
    then
    Marathon 'flashed' known as Snickers in USA (or somesuch), then
    Snickers 'flashed' previously known as Marathon, then
    Marathon!

    I'd probably still be doing all that stuff except it all went to Poland/China - you may have seen the odd spelling mistake since then...
     
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  14. neilrj

    neilrj Active Member

    Location:
    Merseyside
    Hang on wasn't Vim an old fashioned shaker - hadn't realised that had morphed into Jif as a cream!
     
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  15. callatiler

    callatiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

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    Aberdeen
    Bet the OP is wondering where this has went haha
     
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