This is what my corner garden tub looked like when we first moved into this house 9 years ago.
One of the first things to go when I started working on renovating this bathroom was the cultured marble backsplash around the sides of the tub.
But removing that backsplash left an ugly ridge of dirty, old, sloppy, white caulk.
I spent the majority of the day yesterday trying to remove it.
I mean really. How gross is that?
Apparently, the motley crew of unlicensed contractors who built this tract home 19 years ago were about as skilled with applying caulk as they were at properly disposing of their trash while they worked. As a result, my ductwork is full of old peach pits and beer cans and my bathrooms look like a bunch of preschool aged blind kids sealed my tub & tile work with hooks instead of hands.
Removing the remnants of sloppily applied caulk is really not that difficult, as long as you are willing to think outside of the box (the toolbox, that is).
Fortunately, being completely untrained in all manners pertaining to DIY home improvement, I was unaware of the official correct way to remove old caulk and had to rely on my wits and kitchen tools to get the job done.
You see, I had to be careful not to scratch the fiberglass surface of my tub. Thus, metal putty scrapers and razor blades were out of the question.
Instead, I used what I had on hand:
Friends, I cannot begin to tell you how much I relished using something called Goo Gone to remove dirty, sloppy caulk from around my bathtub. If that’s not poetic justice, I don’t know what is.
A few drops of Goo Gone plus my nylon scraper and that nasty old caulk was off like my bra at dusk every day.
The second best part about using Goo Gone is that my husband absolutely detests the way it smells. I’ll have to remember to splash a little behind my ears on those days when I’m just not in the mood. (Like days that end in the letter “y.”)
Want to see my bathtub minus the wrinkly old caulk?
How awesome is that?
There was one other nasty prep job I had to do before I could move forward with painting the vanity, and that was removing these four old dried globs of the former backsplash adhesive.
I had attempted to chisel them off with a putty knife and hammer, but that wasn’t working, so I had to think outside of the (tool) box again.
Here’s what I came up with:
That’s right, people. I used my hairdryer to warm up the old brittle rock-hard adhesive so it would be easier to scrape off with the putty knife! And guess what?
IT. TOTALLY. WORKED!
You should see what I can do with a waffle iron, some silly putty, and a maxi pad.
Here’s what it looked like when I was done with the scraping:
Then I used a hand held electric sander and smoothed all the nicks and dents.
And here’s what it looked like after I primed it:
Pretty sweet, no?
There will be a new backsplash surrounding the entire tub sometime soon, but I wanted to make sure it would be applied to a clean surface for maximum adhesion.
Besides, nobody likes a sloppy caulk job.
Can I get an Amen, ladies?
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Hoping your weekend was lovely and didn’t require any Goo Gone in those hard to reach areas,