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08-30-2006, 08:16 PM
Besides a razor blade. Isn't there a chemical that disolves this?
08-31-2006, 10:30 AM
Short of an atomic blast, I know of nothing that will remove silicone, at least not safely at home :) Once cured, it's almost impossible to remove unless you can get your hands on some heavy duty industrial products, and even then it's not guaranteed to work perfectly. Cured silicone is pretty well inert, hard to get something to react with it to soften and remove it.
Check out the hints in this link:
GE Silicone FAQ (http://www.geadvancedmaterials.com/geam/gesa/Residential/en/ProductSupport/FAQDetail/troubleshootingquestions.html#faq8)
How do I remove silicone products?
It is VERY difficult to remove silicone from a surface. However, if you must remove it, follow the suggestions below.
To remove silicone sealant from surfaces, first remove as much as possible by cutting/peeling/scraping excess sealant from surface.
For ceramic tile, marble, Formica, fiberglass, etc., use 100% mineral spirits (turpentine) and a non-abrasive scouring pad. Test solvent on a hidden area of the surface to ensure that discoloration will not occur. If discoloration does occur, contact the manufacturer of the surface for further assistance.
For glass surfaces, use a razor blade to remove as much as possible, then apply mineral spirits. Remove excess as much as possible, then apply mineral spirits. Remove excess with a towel or other suitable cleaning utensil that will not mar the surface (such as a non-abrasive pad).
There's more info but this quote is about the general idea.
08-31-2006, 11:28 AM
Oh, I just wanted to know if I could get a glass panel off a tank to reuse it on another side without smashing it. Turpentine might have been what I was thinking of.
09-02-2006, 03:34 AM
a good steam cleaner will help. and a little work with a sponge.
09-03-2006, 04:19 PM
try soaking it in mineral spirits or acetone...that might work, although it will take a long while.
09-03-2006, 10:24 PM
I just ended up useing a glass cutter to harvest most of it.
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