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    Solvents for silicone

    Is there a solvent to remove silicone? I wasnt to remove silicone from a rough glass cut that cant be scraped off. Is there a trick I dont know?
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    Commercially lye dissolved in tetra hydro furan is used to remove cured silicon rubber.
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    Thanks. Any idea where this can be purchased?
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    Quote Originally Posted by reefsurfer View Post
    Thanks. Any idea where this can be purchased?
    I have no idea.

    I simply googled "silicone solvent" and copy/pasted that info. :b2:
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    Hi reefsurfer,

    I've seen the silicone solvent in all the big box hardware stores. I've never used it to remove silicone from aquariums but it works really well in tiles.
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    If you scrape off the old silicone, there will be a very thin coat of silicone that the blade will not remove. I have used acetone (same stuff as in nail polish remover) with a plastic scrub pad and it works very well. You can try rubbing alcohol but I find that acetone works better. It evaporates quickly so you can use the scrub pad to separate the silicone from the glass and then a paper towel with acetone to remove the disolved silicone and clean the glass. It's available at most hardware stores.

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    I have had good success with a product called Goof-off. I picked it up at Rona I believe. its made specifically for silicone removal.. smells like a solvent.. and looking at the ingredients.. its a mix of 3 strong solvents..

    well vented area!, keep away from kids or pregnant ladies etc.. potent stuff!

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    Thanks guys! Will look into that. When you used goof off did you have to put it on and then let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub? After just rince well with water? Thanks again.
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    ya.. you first use a blade to remove as much as possible.
    then you put rubber gloves on
    then with a rag, or directly from bottle put liquid on area.. let it sit for a bit.. use a plastic scraper or the xacto blade again and clean til its all gone... takes a while.. but does wonders

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