Silicone is used for finishing, after your tile has been installed, grouted, and sealed. Where is silicone used? Generally where two surfaces meet and the joint requires flexibility. This is because silicone absorbs movement.
What areas does that include? The joint between the shower pan and the porcelain or ceramic wall tiles, also the joint between the sink and wall tiles or bathtub and wall tiles. Moreover, an internal vertical corner would also be a place that silicone would be used. How can you get a nice clean finish?
Tips from the Pros
Do not cut the nozzle hole too large. If you cut too much off the nozzle, it will be difficult to get the silicone to flow out in a thin bead. Also, cut the nozzle at a small 45 degree angle so that it will move smoothly along the joint.
When applying the silicone, run it over the beam in a single pass rather than starting and stopping.Want to add a shine to that silicone finish? Mix some water and dishwashing liquid, dip your finger in it, and run it along the silicone joint.
Tips for the Bath
Are you planning to run silicone around the bathtub? One tip is to fill the bathtub up with water, which will make it heavier. Then, silicone the bathtub and let it sit for half a day or so. After the silicone has set you can let the water out.
Keep from smudging up the ceramic or porcelain wall tiles with silicone when sealing the bathtub, use some low-tech tape, run it along the edge of the bathtub about 2 to 3 mm away from the tile line. Do the same along the wall tile, about 2 or 3 mm away from the tile line. This will create a safe zone between the two strips of tape for running the silicone.
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