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does anyone have the bath seal strip around the edge of their bath, does it actually create a good seal? I have had enough of putting silicone down but i dont know if the seals are any good or if they… Read More
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
does anyone have the bath seal strip around the edge of their bath, does it actually create a good seal? I have had enough of putting silicone down but i dont know if the seals are any good or if they look as good. anyone help
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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#1
this is what im on abouthttp://www.wickes.co.uk/content/ebiz/wickes/invt/230261/230261-ab0-00co_full.jpg
#2
I've used those strips around the bottom of the toilet / around the skirting board to seal the floor, but always find silicone better around the bath and shower.

Wilkos sell one that's specifically for showers (so is really strong against intense water)........ it's about £10 but is well worth it :thumbsup:
#3
Silicone.
#4
Silicone, the strips are awful
#5
What about sticking it down with Silicone? might work
#6
depends on the gaps you are sealing but a combination of both is possible just seal the edges if the gaps reguire this strip stuff
#7
I've just put a strip in the kitchen. I would say stick with sealant, especially with a shower. As water would go down the grout gaps between the tiles and unstick the strip.
I have just resealed the bath as well and used sealant and masking tape which gave a great edge. Put the masking tape just outside of the gap you want to fill so when you smooth the excess goes on the masking tape. Whip off the masking tape straight away and hey presto. I hated sealing too but the tape makes it alot easier.
Good luck.
banned#8
the strips are just awful. dont stick for long and water runs down the grout lines as seal isnt tight.

and thet look naff too.

get some silicone eater and re-do silicone properly. should stay decent for years if you take your time.
#9
seems that sealant is the clear winner. used the silicone remover but it didnt do that much. all sealed now though, just that smell gets everywhere
#10
Defo silicone, don't use that sealing strip. Remove all old silicone, wipe with white spirit tp remove all soap/scum residue. Fill bath to the top with water to weigh it down, then apply silicone. Once dry, empty bath.

Also, don't use cheap silicone. Get some Dow Corning 785.
#11
I have used the strips as the silicone kept coming off all the time. They have been down for 2 years and are going strong. The glue on them is REALLY sticky. Strips are easy to clean too. Think I got them from B&Q.
#12
El Siccse
I've just put a strip in the kitchen. I would say stick with sealant, especially with a shower. As water would go down the grout gaps between the tiles and unstick the strip.
I have just resealed the bath as well and used sealant and masking tape which gave a great edge. Put the masking tape just outside of the gap you want to fill so when you smooth the excess goes on the masking tape. Whip off the masking tape straight away and hey presto. I hated sealing too but the tape makes it alot easier.
Good luck.


I did that but it doesn't look too great,my first attempt:w00t:
#13
Stop splashing .... job done!:p
#14
You have to leave quite a big gap for the sealant and some extra space. So when you smooth you get all the sealant in the gap then 2 thin stripes of excess on the tape You only want the excess on the masking tape. Does that make sense ?
At least you can just have another go.
I cut the stupid sealant tube too much so the nozzle kept popping off !!
#15
I also should add that the sealant strip in the kitchen is still going strong but its only been 3 weeks. It was 10 times easier than with sealant but it helps if all your edges are straight. The kitchen is a relatively low splash area, I dont think I would be comfortable with it around the bath or shower.
One good thing about the strip is that its great if you have a big gap to fill, where multiple sealant beads would look even worse.

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