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Advice Anyone know of a REALLY GOOD sealant for use in Bathrooms?

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Soximus, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Soximus

    Soximus Busy Member

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    On two occasions now I have had to replace the sealant around our bath.

    The bathroom floor has some movement in it and when full of water and with someone in it the sealant cracks/splits.

    Last weekend my wife got some expensive Unibond sealant and I went through the process again....only to find the stuff has split again and to be honest after a week (says 24-48hrs to cure on the tube) the sealant can be peeled of by fingernail.

    The original sealant I had to remove a few years ago was on like superglue....

    So my question is does anyone have any advice what to use that will stay put when its done?

    Thanks.
     
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    One tip. Make sure you fill the bath with water and sit in it when sealing around it. Simples
     
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    Did you fill the bath before applying the sealant, even putting some extra weight in as well so to make a proper seal.
     
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    Youre too slow lol :D
     
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    Hi mate
    Pop into any builders merchants and buy your silocone there as it will be trade grade stuff and be ok,cheap stuff is crap.

    When you clean of the old make sure you get all the residue of of and completly dry the area.

    Then when your re applying the silocone fill the bath with water to get some weight in it and then silocone it up, or you can stand in the bath then silocone it up.

    This just prevents any flex in the seal once dried.

    If the gap is quite deep you may want to put once bead in then put another ontop one the first has dried.

    Or plastic trim if its a huge gap mate.

    Gaz
     
  6. Evolve82

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    Fill the bath and then use a product called CT-1. Best one the market in my opinion.
     
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    If you can peel it off that easily the surface isn't clean enough. Get some Surgical Spirit from a chemist & clean the surfaces with cotton wool balls soaked in this. Avoid any skin contact with the cleaned surfaces before you apply the silicone.
     
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    Cheers guys.

    Found some CT-1 online for about a tenner.

    Will get some ordered and try again.

    Thanks for the tips.
     
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    May get it a couple of quid less in a builders merchants. Comes in loads of colours- pick the right one!! ;)
     
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    or use the clear one they use on fish tanks mate
     
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    Thats because i was making a brew at the same time, you know that thing women call multi - tasking.:D
     
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    The stuff our plumber used was brilliant, don't know what it was and don't care really as I hate DIY hence calling in the plumber :rolleyes:
     
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    Stuff the sealant - I'd be investigating the movement in the floor!
     
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    Mashed up weetabix, let that go off overnight, stronger than carbon fibre.
     
  15. Soximus

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    lol...its just general expansion and contraction but its enough to cause the sealant to split which is why I wanted to get some super grade stuff......the stuff I took off before was so pliant it was unreal...I could not snap it without stretching it about a foot apart...this stuff would be lucky to stretch 10mm....
     
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    We had the same issue a few weeks ago and I followed the fill the bath & splodge on the sealant route (I used white CT-1 as well), let it cure in the gap then put another bead on and stuck a PVC bath strip onto that - problem solved.
     
  17. Stevie Darling

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    The best stuff ive used is for swimming pools, its a bit hard to use, but once cured it will last for years!

    If I remember the name I will put a link up:)
     
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    You're not a plumber are you chap?
     
  19. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    got to say I'd be thinking the same tbh, if its moving that much to split the seal its moving far to much, but hay, only been doing plumbing and heating 24 years :rolleyes: what do I know
     
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    Use marine grade sikaflex. Sticks like XXX! to a blanket and remains flexible. Not cheap, but you only buy once. Excess can be removed with alcohol wipes.
     

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