Silicone caulk around base of shower door track

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  1. Apr 22, 2012 #1

    Dawgintupelo

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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
     
  2. Apr 23, 2012 #2

    havasu

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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.
     
  3. Apr 25, 2012 #3

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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
     
  4. Apr 25, 2012 #4

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

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