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I came across this Polycell Sealant in my local Homebase store recently whilst looking at the other type of sealant that comes in a tube. I had never noticed it before and had no idea how effective it would be, but after reading the packaging and comparing it to the other sealants available, it did sound like the easier option and I bought some.
~~What is Polycell Seal Strip Sealant?~~
Suitable for bathrooms and kitchens, Polycell Sealant is an easy to use sealant that is said to provide a watertight result and is also a perfect alternative to gun and tube sealants.
Inside the clear packaging, I could see a coil of white flexible strip. The photograph on the front of the packaging showed a length of the strip being stuck into place along the side of a bath, just where the edge meets the tiles.
The strip sealant is self adhesive and it seemed using this sealant was simply just a case of cutting the length you require, peeling the back off and sticking into place.
It was the photograph that caught my eye when I was browsing the shelves at Homebase, as this was exactly what I wanted the sealant for - to go along the sides of the bath where it meets the tiles. After realising it seemed far easier to apply this sealant than messing about with tubes and guns, I deliberated no further and promptly bought some.
This strip sealant was available in both white and ivory. I am not sure if there are any other colours available, but as white was what I wanted, I wasn't concerned about other shades.
The sealant also comes in different lengths and widths. I bought the 22mm x 3.35m size and paid £7.99 for it, although I have since noticed it can be found cheaper from Amazon.
It is suitable for use on ceramic tiles, enamel and plastic baths and sinks, porcelain, stainless steel, laminate worktops, painted or varnished wood, gloss and emulsion painted surfaces and glass.
It is not suitable for outdoor use.
~~Using Polycell Seal Strip Sealant~~
I needed some sealant for my bathroom as I had noticed some of the silicone sealant along the side of the bath had cracked, allowing water to seep through when anyone was using the shower which is above the bath.
I had set out with the intention of buying some sealant in a tube, along with a gun to apply it as I has misplaced my old one. I had never seen this strip sealant before, but compared to using a tube and gun, this did seem a far easier option, which appealed to me!
The thing you must do is ensure the surfaces to which it is to be applied, are free of any oil or grease and are completely dry.
If using it along the side of a bath as I was, you must also fill the bath with water before applying the sealant.
Applying the strip is really as easy as it sounds. I cut the correct length required and folded the strip in half along the length in accordance with the instructions provided.
Removing a small section of the backing tape, I then pushed the edge of the strip into place and slowly continued pulling off the backing and sticking the strip into place along the bath.
It stuck down quite easily, although you must press firmly to ensure it sticks. By pushing the centre of the length of strip firmly into the join between the bath and the tiles and working my way slowly along the side of the bath I found I encountered no problems.
It was only when I had finished applying the strip and checking it, that I noticed it had not stuck as firmly in one particular place. Luckily it was not in a place that mattered and it was only a small section and not really noticeable at all. I realised this had happened as some of the water in the bath had somehow splashed up, making it damp and therefore it had not stuck. So it really is important when using this that the area is totally dry and you must be very careful when applying it, which isn't exactly easy when you have a bath full of water!
The sealant strip has done what I wanted it to do. It looks good and also it gives a neater finish than I would have got if I had used the silicone sealant in a tube. There was no mess and it was very quick and easy to apply. It has done what I wanted it to do and keeps out the water from the shower.
I would definitely buy this again. Even though a very small part did not stick as well as it should, this was my fault for not noticing it had became damp.
If like me, you prefer the quick and easy option when it comes to jobs like this, then I can recommend Polycell Seal Strip Sealant.