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Old 04-22-2012, 07:54 PM   #1
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When we bought this house about 17 years ago, there were clear silicone beads of caulk on each side of the track base and we had a new shower door (with new track) who also put down a nice bead of silicone on each side. Now, after years of use, the caulk on the bathtub side of the track base has a lot of mildew in it. How do I cut away the old silicone without cutting the fiberglass tub portion under the silicon? Is there a special tool for this?

Thanks in advance,

Rod



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Old 04-23-2012, 01:02 AM   #2
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I have yet to find a simple way to remove silicone except for a sharp razor blade, careful hands, and as flat as possible on the fiberglass so as to not scratch it. You may find a chemical such as "Goo Be Gone" or similar, but do a test on the fiberglass to ensure it will not damage the surface.



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Only the outside should be caulked.
This allows moisture to drain out from under the bottom rail.
Most installation directions that I have read regarding tub / shower doors have stated not to caulk the inside. You would be suprised as to how many installers actually take the time to read them.

I hate silicone hery hard to clean off if it made a good bond to surface.
if the surface was not clean it may just peel off

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When we bought this house about 17 years ago, there were clear silicone beads of caulk on each side of the track base and we had a new shower door (with new track) who also put down a nice bead of silicone on each side. Now, after years of use, the caulk on the bathtub side of the track base has a lot of mildew in it. How do I cut away the old silicone without cutting the fiberglass tub portion under the silicon? Is there a special tool for this?

Thanks in advance,

Rod

We bought some caulk remover in a squeeze pump spray bottle from Lowes, worked great.
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