Glass installation using neutral cure and sanitary silicone sealants. Silicone sealant is a versatile and flexible waterproof sealant with a large number of applications, especially in the glass and glazing industry.
Most silicone sealants release acetic acid while curing. This gives off a characteristic vinegar-like smell. In some circumstances, this odour may very undesirable but more importantly the acetic acid may have a negative impact on the materials being sealed and this is what brings us to this article.
Acidic cure silicone has negative effects on a range of materials paint, silvered coatings, plastics, stone, and timber are all affected negatively by the curing process. More often than not causing a reaction in the form of staining or bubbling effects.
This is why neutral sure sealants and glues should always use when glass installation for mirrors or painted glass splashbacks. Neutral cure silicone products reduce or eliminate the production of acetic acid while curing ensuring that your newly glass installation product not negatively affected as described above. Often the better quality sealants also tend to be neutral cure products.
Mould a real issue with silicone sealants used in wet environments such as bathrooms. Silicones contain acetates which effectively feed mould causing it to go black soon after your glass installation.
Mould/mildew-resistant silicones are widely available on today’s market. And should always demand when glass installation done for your next bathroom products.
These silicones include an added fungicide that actively reduces the formation of mould on silicone that frequently exposed to moisture. I must also add that these products are 100% resistant. The shower and silicone still need to clean regularly and general maintenance required for the best results.