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I had a person recaulk my patio cement where it meet a brick retainer will last week, he did it about 12 hrs before it rained. He said it was the best on the market and it would be fine with a few showers after 8 hrs.
Well after 3 days of rain and blowing wind with leaves falling & the caulk still very tacky, the leaves are stuck to the caulk. I would rather not try to pick out the leaves, don't want to break the caulk skin.
Can I remove these leaves next spring/summer?
I live in Michigan, so it is just going to get colder and colder. The caulk guy is no where to be found. I invested $1300 total. He was supposed to be a handyman. I call a few professionals and they did not even want the job, said it was too small. It is so hard to get someone to do small repairs. I am 75 now and there are things I just can't do myself anymore.
Thank You very much for any opinions. Gary

  • Could you post a photo of a section of caulk with leaves stuck on it to clarify what you're dealing with? For example, what type of caulk? In general, I don't think it will get any easier to remove debris as the caulk cures.
    – Armand
    Oct 22, 2022 at 19:55
  • Thanks for the reply. Just came in the house, added a photo.
    – gary777
    Oct 22, 2022 at 20:47
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    if you cannot remove the leaves now, then you will not be able to remove them later
    – jsotola
    Oct 22, 2022 at 21:01
  • Most of the leaves will rot away over winter.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 22, 2022 at 21:37

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you could consider using some chalk powder, they even come in colors.

You can spray/spread it over, to absorb the moisture and speed up curing.

  • Thank you. The skin is all ready dry, will I be able to pick out the leafs after it fully cures?
    – gary777
    Oct 22, 2022 at 19:28
  • great, so ignore my answer, was just trying to help fellow 75
    – Traveler
    Oct 22, 2022 at 19:42
  • Not ignoring your answer. After putting down the chalk when will I be able to remove the leafs?
    – gary777
    Oct 22, 2022 at 19:50
  • Thank you to everyone who replied....I will et it sorted.
    – gary777
    Oct 22, 2022 at 23:09

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