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I have a Maax Tigress shower. This will be 3rd time I've taken shower door frame off base to recaulk. I have leaks where frame meets base. I don't think base is stiff enough, because I can feel it flex when I stand in shower. This is probaly breaking the seal of silicone. Anyways I've tried GE Silicone II, and Mono Silicone, and I used a very liberal amount... Now what?

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If the GE Silicone was used first then this may be the cause. For some reason the GE formulation does not adhere very well to new plastic/acrylic, however it does very well on most other surfaces. The mono brand is better for plastics/acrylic. If all of the GE silicone was not removed before the mono was applied then the mono formulation would not stick very well to the GE silicone that was not entirely removed. Unfortunately there is no easy way to do this other than with a plastic scraper tool and lots of elbow grease. Rubbing alchohol can be used to soften the silicone slightly and will not damage the acrylic, aluminum or glass. If the mono was applied first then the flexing will be the problem. The only solution to a flexing problem is to remove the shower unit and reinstall the unit in either a morter or sand base to provide more support for the shower unit. If you use a morter base ensure there is a vapour barrier installed between the morter and the shower unit as the chemicals/minerals in the morter will degrade the shower base over time. The downside to morter is that it will not flex and may cause cracking over time if and when the house shifts. A sand base will shift with the house.

Posted on Aug 21, 2010

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  • tsgr8deals Aug 21, 2010

    Thanks... Your absolutely right about the GE silicone it did'nt stick at all to the acyrlic.I used the Mono 1rst and the GE 2nd .And I did put base in mortor bed about 2 -3 inches thick, but the base has 5 inch legs that flex where attached to acrylic base. I guess using a polyurethane caulk just between the frame and base is out of the question? Since I've read its not mildew resistant.

  • tsgr8deals Aug 21, 2010

    Thanks... Your absolutely right about the GE silicone it did'nt stick at all to the acyrlic.I used the Mono 1rst and the GE 2nd .And I did put base in mortor bed about 2 -3 inches thick, but the base has 5 inch legs that flex where attached to acrylic base. I guess using a polyurethane caulk just between the frame and base is out of the question? Since I've read its not mildew resistant.

  • tsgr8deals Aug 21, 2010

    Thanks... Your absolutely right about the GE silicone it did'nt stick at all to the acyrlic.I used the Mono 1rst and the GE 2nd .And I did put base in mortor bed about 2 -3 inches thick, but the base has 5 inch legs that flex where attached to acrylic base. I guess using a polyurethane caulk just between the frame and base is out of the question? Since I've read its not mildew resistant.

  • tsgr8deals Aug 21, 2010

    Thanks... Your absolutely right about the GE silicone it did'nt stick at all to the acyrlic.I used the Mono 1rst and the GE 2nd .And I did put base in mortor bed about 2 -3 inches thick, but the base has 5 inch legs that flex where attached to acrylic base. I guess using a polyurethane caulk just between the frame and base is out of the question? Since I've read its not mildew resistant.

  • tsgr8deals Aug 21, 2010

    Thanks... Your absolutely right about the GE silicone it did'nt stick at all to the acyrlic.I used the Mono 1rst and the GE 2nd .And I did put base in mortor bed about 2 -3 inches thick, but the base has 5 inch legs that flex where attached to acrylic base. I guess using a polyurethane caulk just between the frame and base is out of the question? Since I've read its not mildew resistant.

  • tsgr8deals Aug 21, 2010

    Thanks... Your absolutely right about the GE silicone it did'nt stick at all to the acyrlic.I used the Mono 1rst and the GE 2nd .And I did put base in mortor bed about 2 -3 inches thick, but the base has 5 inch legs that flex where attached to acrylic base. I guess using a polyurethane caulk just between the frame and base is out of the question? Since I've read its not mildew resistant.

  • tsgr8deals Aug 21, 2010

    Thanks... Your absolutely right about the GE silicone it did'nt stick at all to the acyrlic.I used the Mono 1rst and the GE 2nd .And I did put base in mortor bed about 2 -3 inches thick, but the base has 5 inch legs that flex where attached to acrylic base. I guess using a polyurethane caulk just between the frame and base is out of the question? Since I've read its not mildew resistant.

  • John M Aug 21, 2010

    Polyurethane caulk is more designed for masonary and concrete applications. I'm not sure what it would do in contact with glass, rubber and acrylic. If you are caulking both the inside and the outside of the unit, try running the bead on the outside of the unit only. If you had caulked on the inside as well the water could be wicking through the bead at the glass through capillary action. It wouldn't hurt to give the folks at Maax a call as they have a pretty good reputation for customer service and may be able to suggest something I haven't thought of. http://www.maax.com/

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