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Caulk Remover

What might be more painful than caulking? Removing old caulk. Chemical removers turn caulk all gooey — who wants to deal with that? — and carefully scraping the caulk out of the joint is time better spent doing just about anything else. Next time you’re stuck recaulking your bathtub, you could give the Homax caulk remover a try. They claim it makes caulk removal easy and won’t damage the surface.

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Move the sharp hard plastic tip back and forth along joints to remove old caulk. Flip it over and use the flat side of the head for scraping off the remaining film.

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The caulk remover sells for about $3 to $4 alone, or for about $6 to $7 packaged with the perfect bead caulk finisher we previously covered.

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8 Responses to Easy Caulk Removal

  1. Joe says:

    I have one – it works ok if the caulk and surface are in decent shape. If it’s all rotten and dried out, and on a crappy surface it doesn’t help much.

  2. Shopmonger (aka Donny B) says:

    Yeah it seems like a great idea.
    But it seems like unless the caulk is in good shape or in a specific shape it could cause problems.

  3. RossToss says:

    Tried it. Didn’t like it. It wasn’t nearly sturdy enough to get out the really old, hard caulk, and the plastic point wore down way too quickly.

    I’ve had great results using a plexiglass cutter. The sharp edge can be used to scrap and score, and small hook is great for pulling out the old stuff. Plus, they’re usually metal so they last a lot longer.

    Here’s a link: http://www.makezine.com/pub/tool/Plexiglass_cutter

    Home Depot carries them, but they not listed on HD’s website.

    Enjoy!

  4. Buster says:

    I agree with RossToss, the tip wore down fast and it was still alot of work.

  5. Buster says:

    …just one more thing…that being said, I guess it’s better than nothing (or screwdriver)

  6. Bill Schuller says:

    I’ve used one of these (and a completing offering I picked up from Lowes) to remove caulk on a laminate counters and a bathtub. They worked well on the kitchen counters, but I have a feeling a putty knife would’ve been just as affective as it was practically peeling off on its own accord. I didn’t even make it through a whole seam of caulk in the bathtub though. I ended up having to break down and use a hot air gun and a razor blade. I wish there were a tool that delivered on the promise of easy chemical-free caulk removal.

  7. Blair says:

    I’ve found that an old church key (the tool we used to open beer with before the pull top) works great for this. Most have a pointed hook on one end, and a bottle opener on the other. I was lucky enough to have one with both on the same end, and a sturdy wooden handle, but you could cut the opener off the end of the other common type, and screw, or rivet a handle to suit your needs on the metal body.

  8. Ed B says:

    I tried different tools to remove caulk but all cause some sort of problem, had very good sucess with a small 3/8 inch wood chisel without causing damage to tub or formica bathtub walls.

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