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Sealant re-new… too good to be true?

Updated: Aug 26

An honest product review of Unibond’s sealant re-new that can be applied OVER old & failing sealant.

An unopened packet of unibond sealant re-new on a wooden floor

We've all been there, one minute your sealant is white and shiny bright and the next it's slimy and harbouring all kinds of grossness! I’m all for affordable & achievable DIY hacks, so when I saw this sealant ‘renew’ in the special aisle in ALDI I wanted to try it. Unibond claims you can apply sealant renew OVER the old sealant even if it’s cracked or mouldy , although they recommend treating the mould first. And at £4.99 it was half the price of Amazon & B&Q, another good reason to try it!

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Cleaning sponge like this one

Drying cloth like this one

Unibond sealant re-new available on amazon if you don't have an Aldi nearby

Masking tape is handy to have

How to apply sealant re-new

Below, are the steps I took to apply on the yellowing sealant around my bathroom sink. It’s six years old and still sound and in good condition aside from the slight yellowing.

A white sink with white tiles behind it

  • Clean old silicone sealant (especially important if the sealant is mouldy as will need treating with mould killer or bleach).

A hand cleaning a white sink with white tiles behind it

  • Fully dry the cleaned sealant and surrounding area.

A hand with a towel drying a sink

  • I applied two pieces of masking tape, one either side of the existing sealant, to make the application process easier. I find this is a handy DIY hack and use it a lot. It works for decorators caulk too.

A white sink with black taps and plughole and masking tape along the back

  • I shook the tube well, really trying to get the product down into the end to prevent air bubbles.

A hand holding a tube of sealant renew over a white sink

  • I positioned the applicator (the image below shows the shape of the applicator close up) at the start of where I wanted the sealant to go and squeezed the tube so come came out of the end.

the end of a tube of unibond sealant renew with blue rubber applicator

  • I started slowly moving the tube along the line of existing sealant, while squeezing the tube quite firmly.

A tube of unibond sealant renew being applied to a white bathroom sink

  • Once the whole line had been covered, I carefully peeled off the masking tape to reveal a neat straight line of sealant renew.

Masking tape being removed from the join between a white sink and tiles

  • Now the product needs a few hours to fully dry.

White bathroom sink with freshly applied sealant renew

The Unibond sealant re-new application process

On the whole, it was fairly easy to apply, although you have to be careful to apply even pressure & not press too hard otherwise you can end up wiping it off and leaving gaps & I found you get air bubbles quite easily so need to shake hard to get the product into the end of the tube.

The results

A white sink with eucalyptus in it

Overall, it worked and was cost effective. It claims to be mould resistant and long lasting but I’ll have to update you on that in a few months. However, I don’t think I would recommend for the following reasons…

- it feels lazy to pile another layer over old silicon rather than replacing it which isn’t a huge job in itself.

- The product came out the tube unevenly (you can see at the start of the application that i had to go back over it) & it was quite thin.

- as it’s covering existing sealant, it has to be wider than I would’ve chosen otherwise

- if the sealant below had cracked or was mouldy (as advertised as suitable) it feels like only a matter of time before the new top layer is affected so why not just replace properly now.

- the advantage is it’s quicker than taking out the old sealant first.

Would you use this?

Let me know in the comments.⬇️⬇️⬇️

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