How can I remove old caulk from a bathtub that has been refinished?

Please let me know how to remove caulk around my bathtub that looks awful. Thank you!

  10 answers
  • Marlene Haigh Marlene Haigh on May 06, 2016
    I usually replace mine every couple of years. I use a chisel to remove the old caulk, be careful not to scratch the finish.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 06, 2016
    You will have to use caulking tool made especially for the removal of old caulking. Check your local home improvement store.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on May 06, 2016
    Removing silicone caulk from around a bathtub takes time. The procedure is straightforward, though you must take care not to scratch the surrounding surfaces as you try to separate the caulk from the tub and tile. The main difference between removing silicone and non-silicone caulking is that non-silicone caulk often requires a solvent application before removal. There are numerous tutorials and YouTube videos with step-by-step directions on how to do this project as well as which basic tools can be used.
  • haven't tried suggestions yet
    • MN Mom MN Mom on May 07, 2016
      It really takes more time than anything. No special tools, you can get it done with a putty knife and some patience. When you go to purchase your new caulk, ask the hardware guys for some tips. They'll be more than happy to help you out!
  • Karl Karl on Dec 16, 2019

    None of these answers specifically deal with a reglazed tub.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 06, 2022

    Don't bother to remove it. If it is just the colour - Paint it - maybe make a feature of it by making it a contrast, or maybe use a roll of Plastic Cover Sealer to do the trick.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 07, 2022

    First, slice through each side of the bead with the knife, and pull out what you can by hand. Then, hold the scraper at a shallow angle to avoid scratching the surface, and remove any remaining caulk. Next, scrub the surface with an abrasive pad soaked in mineral spirits to get rid of any silicone residue, which will prevent the new sealant from sticking.

  • They make a tool for this. Check in your local hardware or home improvement store.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 03, 2023

    They do make a chemical caulk remover. If you scroll down to the third line or products you will see it:

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 08, 2024

    Hi pat, this video shows how to remove the caulking and prep for new.