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Rated 1 out of 5Â by Scientist Extremely difficult to work with
I'm not a professional, but I have caulked several times. I actually just got done redoing the plumbing, installing the bathtub and doing really big tile job in my bathroom- lots of small subway brick tiles and the floor. We're talking hundreds of tiles and it came out great. The reason I'm saying that is I'm reasonably handy and thought the caulk would be the easiest part of my job.
What a nightmare. This stuff is a complete disaster. You can't clean it up with anything, it's really thick and goopy and doesn't flow well at all. On top of that it dries really quickly so you have almost no time to go back and correct anything that doesn't look good. I had a caulk applying tool and the scraping section of the tool left a lot of this caulk behind. I had to go back later and cut it off with a knife.
Caulk is too shiny, too. I would like a more matt finish white. This stuff is really high gloss and attracts a lot of attention. Not really the point of caulk, especially when my grout lines are matte white.
The really disappointing part was getting done doing this caulk job and thinking it made all my hours of tiling look like junk due to a lousy caulk job.
I would avoid this stuff and get something you can do water clean up with and flows more easily. How fast do you really need this stuff to dry? Get something that takes more time and allows you to work with it longer.
August 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by cmg1121 The good outweighs the bad!!
I am a novice. I dabble in a lot of home impovement projects. I have used many caulks in my day. Caulks for baths, kitchens, trimming, windows and doors. The original ge caulk (white) will fade in color, it (yellows). This caulk seems not to, well yet anyway. I re-caulked my sisters bathroom after I used a terrible caulk to begin with. I used the GE Supreme caulk and I have yet to hear from her again 3 years later. It is quite pricy but I think worth it in the long run. I just re-caulked my brother and sister in-laws bath. I advised them to wait a day before showering. It is difficult to apply. You do need to prep the surface properly. A good idea is to bleech the area that will be caulked to kill any nasty stuff (mold & mildew). Wet it down, dry it with a clean towel and let stand for a while. Then get the "blue" painters tape (the most sticky kind) and tape both sides of the area that would be caulked. Caulk in between the tape. Here is a tip. If your area is large like a tub, do one section at a time. This stuff starts to cure fast and will cause problems when you remove the tape. Immediately after applying the caulk smooth out with your finger, wait one minute for the caulk to settle then remove tape from the closest edge to the caulk outward, away from the caulk not towards. Looks professional. This stuff smells terrible. Have proper ventilation. Caulk on a day were you can open the windows. The messy part stays on the tape. Oh, use 2 inch tape a least. After this drys the reward is great. With clearing the old caulk out, bleeching the area, watering and drying the area the total job is about 2 hours for a tub, done correctly. I did not find in the directions as I have on other caulks to use the masking tape (blue painters tape). Don't use the original masking tape, you will never get it off correctly, it is too sticky. You have to use that tape unless you are a caulking expert. Holms on Homes uses it. That might be a problem for someone trying to do it for the first time. It takes a bit but this stuff will come off your hands faster then the original GE caulk. Have paper towles on hand it does wipe up quickly. Wipe hands with dry paper towel often. Cut small 1/8" opening in the tube as well. When you smoth it out it will cover.
December 15, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MattW Great stuff!
I found the GE Silicone 2 to be relatively simple to work with (if you prepare appropriately) and it looks fantastic when you are done. It has a somewhat unpleasant smell for the first 24-48 hours, so be sure to have the bathroom fan on or windows open. I used a spatula-like caulk finishing tool (Hyde 43645) for smoothing and didn't bother with the painter's tape. I found a box of latex gloves to be extremely helpful. As soon as my hands started to get messy, I just changed gloves and carried on. I hadn't heard of practicing on a cardboard box, but as a caulking rookie, it is probably something I should have done! With a little trial-and-error, the shower ended up looking great. Highly recommended product!
May 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by gottaTRYatLEASTonce I impressed myself!
I've been battling mold in the caulk around my tub for about a month. I've read hundreds of posts, blogs, and forums describing various "home remedies", "magic solutions", & products. It has seemed like every suggestion tried only made the mold grow faster. I finally got the courage today to just go for it. After reading reviews on various brand and latex vs. silicone I chose GE's Silicone II Kitchen & Bath-White. Even though most reviews said silicone was harder to use, had a stronger smell, harder to clean and cost more, I'd rather spend the extra time and hassle & end up with better & longer lasting results. What I found is this: The previous home owner was no Bob Villa... he did much of the remodeling himself & obviously cut corners. When removing the old moldy caulk it was like removing old masking tape. Most of it pulled off easily in 1 big strip. Spending a few extra dollars for better quality is worth it I promise. The smell was not as bad as other reviews made it out to be. I used a box fan in combination with the bathroom vent and didn't notice a thing. I started out doing the whole blue painter's tape thing but after caulking 1 side and then pulling off the tape I wasn't liking the "perfect line" look. To me it made the caulk stand out more. I do recommend practicing on a cardboard box or something, especially if you've never used a caulk gun before, I wish I would have. After doing 2 corners I had caulk all over my hands, clothes, the caulk gun, and even some how on my face! I didn't know the actual mechanics of a caulk gun so know that after you let go of the trigger more is still going to ooze out. I started out using a piece of plastic just taped around 1 finger but after taking a break to regroup & trying to wash my hands I ended up with 1 glove that was too big on 1 hand and a plastic shopping bag on the other. I recommend getting gloves that fit snug & be aware of the length of your fingernails if you are a woman like me. The glove being too big & having nails made it very hard to feather/smooth out the caulk. This was the most irritating part. Do not over smooth either. The more you rub across it the faster it dries and starts making little balls. They said it was hard to clean any excess off but I just used the ribbing on an old sock dipped in water immediately after smoothing and it came off quite easily. Don't cut too much off the tip of the caulk tube as I think I probably did. A little does go a long way. All in all I must say I impressed myself with the results & owe most of it to the over all performance of this product.
April 7, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Nickva Not for amateurs!!!
This is a product that is not for those with just casual skill with caulking. Being 100% silicone means there is no water cleanup. So, the user must be very skilled at applying and smoothing with little margin of error. I have little doubt that this caulking will be around for years to come, but I think that GE and retailer should be more specific that this is not an easy to use product for lesser skilled user.
October 5, 2013