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Cover Up for Bad Caulking Job?

I live in a condo and have an outside balcony with sliding glass doors. The outside area (around the very top of the doors) has about a 6 foot line of "very chunky and thick" yellow caulking running across it. I've already taken the route of asking for help from complex, but to no avail.

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I've tried to cover it up with homemade banners and then foliage from Michael's but, it's still very obvious...hard to reach and whatever is up there blows away.

Does anyone have any ideas or experience? It really really looks bad if you're sitting out there and once you come upon the condo (looking from the outside).

Thanks ahead!

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February 18, 20210 found this helpful

If you live in a condo the condo is responsible for the outside. Contact the maintenance department or whoever is responsible for such things. That is why you pay a monthly maintenance fee.

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February 18, 20210 found this helpful

You have to be very careful in what you do to the outside of this condo. I am afraid that any work has to be done by the complex. You could try taking pictures and sharing them with condo maintenance/association.

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They can have rules on any owners/renters changing the outside of the complex. This may cost you some out of pocket if the complex will do the work.

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February 18, 20210 found this helpful

Condo's are notoriously difficult to work with, especially if you're renting. The owner likely cares only about getting your payment -- unless the homeowner's association fines them for "outside appearance" violations. So, again assuming you're a renter, you could ask an owner to bring this to the attention of the Board. Another thought might be, if you intend to stay there for multiple leases, to offer to split the cost of repair with the owner if the Board can broker that on your behalf, and you could pay a little on it each month with your rent.

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All that said, I saw this tip on a handyman site: "The best solution for yellow and caulking is spraying it with bleach water mix and putting saran wrap over top and letting it sit until it's white again." However, as another commenter noted -- if this damages the caulk you could be held responsible. Best to try on a small area first. Good luck!

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February 19, 20210 found this helpful

What's interesting to me about this situation is that if you accidentally managed to destroy or break the glass doors, the management would get a clue and actually do their job viz a viz fixing the bad caulking job.

Barring that, you could fix it yourself on the sly by removing the bad caulking with an exacto knife and putting it in anew.

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