How to Recaulk Your Refinished Bathtub

Bath Magic caulking bathtubAfter you have your bathtub refinished, you will need to recaulk the edges of your tub. The existing caulk will be removed as part of the refinishing process, and you will need to reapply before using your new surface to prevent water damage.

You will begin by using a tape to block off the area you are planning to caulk. Apply the tape to the walls around your tub, leaving an approximately ¼ inch gap between the bottom of the tape, and the tub surface. Do not apply the tape to your reglazed surface.  Cut the tip of the caulk at a slight angle so it fits neatly in the gap between your tub and the wall. Load the caulk into the caulk gun and move along the gap. Move at an even pace; moving too slowly causes the caulk to pile up and moving too fast will lead to a layer that breaks or is too thin to hold. After you are done, smooth the line over with a wet index finger. Use a wet sponge or cloth clean up any smudges that are on the tub.  The caulked surface should be even along the edge. Remove the tape and wait for the caulk to dry before using your bathtub.

If you are interested in having your bathtub refinished, contact Bath Magic today! Bath Magic has been refinishing bathtubs, sinks, and tile since 1993, and has an extensive service area in the Midwest. Refinishing can give your surface a like-new appearance, without the hassle or time of replacement. To contact Bath Magic about scheduling a reglazing, call us at (800) 477-8827 or fill out our online estimate form!