Do you need to re seal your bath sealing or your shower sealing? Is your bath seal looking worn and grubby, and maybe leaking water?
At some point, the sealant on your shower tray or bathroom tub will wear out or suffer some damage. And if it already has, then you know replacing is e one of those chores that no homeowner wants to be doing.
But it doesn’t have to be that way and today we are sharing a couple of things that will make resealing your bath or shower easier and less stressful.
Before resealing your bath or shower, ensure the surface is clean. Begin by getting rid of all the old silicone sealant. You’ll be making a huge mistake trying to apply the seal over the old one. Use a blunt chisel or snap off knife to do this. If it gets blunt while you do it, get a new one.
After removing as much of the silicon as you can, repeat the process to completely remove the remaining bits. You can then use wet wipes or paper towel soaked in alcohol or white spirit to clean it.
Unless you intend to adopt a new look, getting a silicon colour that matches to the previous silicon is always recommended. White is the most common colour but there are plenty of other colours to choose from.
There are specific companies that do a broad range of siliconcolours but if you can’t find any just walk into a decorators store or DIY store and you will still have a decent range to choose from. Always buy a good brand of sealer and pay a bit more… it is going to do a better job and last longer
Load the Silicone into the gun and cut the nozzle at an angle. A steady pressure will ensure even application of the seal at a continuous and steady rate.
Not applying the seal evenly could comprise the whole process. If possible, do a test run to get the feel of how it is going to work.
Sometimes the resealing process may just be partial, meaning only a few specific areas are going to be sealed. And if this is the case, then you should only apply the seal to the specific areas where it’s needed. And since it can get pretty difficult to remove the excess silicone, don’t apply too much of it.
Holding the silicon gun at a 45-degree angle will ensure even and proper application.
Tooling is the name that has been assigned to this specific process. It involves a person using their index finger to make a smooth bond between the sealer and the surface. If done right, the result will be a neat finish that is without any gaps whatsoever.
There are little plastic tools available for this, but the good old finger method works best for me. It’s advisable to wear gloves while doing this is but in case you don’t, ensure that you clean the silicone remains on your hands after you are complete the task.
TOP TIP: half fill the bath with water before applying the new seal, it lowers the bath to the level it will be at when in use and forms a better seal.