Rated 2.5 out of 5 by 24
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Anne So glad I got on here before I started!
My husband picked this up the other week, so it's what I had on hand to do my bathtub to tile seal. Now, never having caulked a bathtub before, and never having used this caulk I got onto HD and read the reviews..and panicked a little! I got good advice though, and I have a few things to add..especially for other beginners. I don't think I could read the instructions on the back of the tube without two 100 watt lights and a big magnifying glass.
I definitely used painters tape to keep it neat and make clean up a lot easier. I didn't have any mineral spirits around, but I did use goo gone to clean the old silicone residue off of the shower unit. I found that my 91% Isopropyl alcohol from the drug store worked just fine for tooling and clean-up. I didn't even try water...not after reading here.
Gloves, nitrile gloves...get a very tight fit if you can. I was battling baggy gloves but had infinitely better results after I figured out that I needed to pull the glove very tightly over my finger. For tooling, I found that a damp finger started dragging too fast in the caulk, but that a gloved finger very very wet with Isopropyl Alcohol slid right along and allowed me to get a very smooth finish. If my glove loosened, I would start seeing drag marks in the caulking.
As a beginner, I mistakenly squeezed too much out of the joint on my first round, and was able to go back and add a second coat without a problem.
This product has roughly the consistency and spreading properties of very dense marshmallow fluff, so for my fellow New Englanders, this project is a bit like a cross between making a fluffernutter, and ...I dunno neurosurgery?
I used about a half roll of paper towels, with wastebasket nearby, and kept a section of the towel saturated with the alcohol so that I could clean the stuff off of my finger after each pass. After a few clean-offs I would move to the next paper towel...because otherwise it starts getting all over you.
Once I finally had it all smooth, I removed the tape and then gave it another light once-over with a very wet finger (alcohol not water) to make sure the edges were smooth as well.
It set up pretty fast, but not so fast that I had to rush to tool it. I haven't tested the waterproofness after 30 minutes..had no need.
So far it looks really good...a little blindingly white..hope it mellows.
June 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TJBuckeye Impressive results where other caulks had failed
This the third caulk I have used on the guest bathroom in 5 years. The previous, all eventually shrank enough they pulled away in spots. The DAP 3.0 came out of the tube creamy and smooth, and it did adhere quickly to the tile and bathtub surfaces, and my fingers when I went to smooth out. I did use painter's tape to guide the caulk and I did wet my finger with rubbing alcohol to help achieve a very nice smooth surface. What remained on my hands did clean up with some vigorous scrubbing with soapy water. As promised it cured to the touch in about 30 minutes, and cured completely in 24 hours. It is very durable in daily use. I have had no discoloration with bleach products. It did not shrink at all in curing process. I will use again.
January 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by paul excellent caulk for professional caulkers. Amateurs will not be happy
i worked as a maintenance supervisor at a 138 unit complex that had been completely remodeled. the caulk the plumbers used got moldy, and released from showers surrounds, causing massive leaks all over the place. i used this product, and was sold on the adhesion properties. it is difficult to work with, and can be hard to clean up if you get it on something you didnt intend to. apply an even bead, then lightly run a finger along the joint, slowly removing excess caulk. keep a lot of rags handy to wipe finger of excess material. caulk will be mold free, and will last a long time.
June 23, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Kate worst caulk i have ever used
i wish that I had read the reviews before I bought this product. It is very thick, hard to work with, and sticks to everything including the nozzle, the tube, the caulk gun, your hands, etc. Clean up was a nightmare. I saw that one of the DAP experts commented that you need to clean this up with mineral spirits, but the writing on the tube is almost impossible to read so I did not know this ahead of time. If I had, I wouldn't have bought it. I have no idea how this will hold up over time, but it just isn't worth the aggravation.
May 26, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Burnsie Simply Bad Stuff
I have used DAP caulk in all its various forms for my whole life and I have to say this is the worse caulk I have ever worked with. First, it's very very thick coming out of the tube. As with all caulks I use, I usually cut the caulk nozzle too discharge a small (1/16 - 1/8") bead. I really had to struggle to squeeze the caulk out of the tube. Secondly, it's very hard to apply it and get a nice fillet even with a finger dipped in mineral spirits. Thirdly, it had trouble sticking to tile grout, it would simply not bond to it well even though the grout was meticulously cleaned and dried beforehand. I am retiring the caulk to Home Depot today for a refund!
March 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Fredho Worst Ever
Comes out of tube like a thick goo..not easy to work and flow into gaps. Sticks to everything..including hands and tools..I understand this caulk needs clean up with mineral spirits but it would be nice to see that on the front of tube. Unless you are a expert caulker I would stay away..not for the average homeowner.Will be returning for refund but I wonder how I am going to clean up my bathtub.
April 6, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by caulker worst caulking I have ever used
This caulking is hard to work with. It is very thick and sticky and needs a lot of pressure to get it out. It does't dry properly, is sticky to the touch when 'dry' and thus attracts dust and grit. I will never buy this product again
April 29, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Dp 3.0
This is the worst caulk I've ever used. Since I'm a DIY'er, there are many tasks I don't do regularly. Caulking is one of them. My task was to caulk the base of a white toilet to dark gray vinyl flooring.
My usual method of caulking is the "wet finger" method where I apply the caulk and then use a wet finger to smooth my irregular bead. This method did not work at all. When smoothing the bead, the caulk spread to the vinyl and is impossible to clean. Worse yet, I can't remove the caulk in order to reapply.
I'm hoping I can apply a different caulk on top of 3.0 and then use a dark colored caulk to hide the sloppily applied 3.0.
If you are capable of applying a quality bead, then this product may for you. For a typical DIY'er, try something else.
March 7, 2016