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Question DetailsAsked on 5/30/2017

how to remove caulking from wood beadboard on tub

the walls in the bathroom are all beadboard. not painted, just natural wood. how do I replace the old caulking without ruining the beadboard?

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Assuming the caulking is only in the joints and maybe at the ends, for the grooves I would use a sharpened V-shaped grout removal tool if a wide groove, or the curved can poking tool on a pocket knife or a tool like this (sharpened) for narrow gap -

to gouge out the caulk - usually when you get one end started good you can peel out a few inch chunk at a time, working top to bottom. Caulk on the ends of the boards (at floor for instance) you might get off by heating (not real hot) with a hair dryer and scraping with a putty knife and rubbing it off likle you do with rubber cement, especially if the wood was painted at the bottom. Otherwise, probably not going to come nicely - trim off with a utility knife or single-sided razor blade in a holder and recaulk to cover the residual.

On unfinished wood the caulk is almost certain to have stained the wood, so any finishing will have to be solid body to cover that (and a stain-blocker primer should be used first), or if recaulking be sure the new caulk covers the same width.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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