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Removing Silicone Residue...

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Hello! Well, I had an exciting night last night when I found a leak in one of the corners of a 30 gallon tank I had recently bought on Craigslist. I decided to just go ahead and attempt resealing the whole thing. It is curing right now, but being new to using a caulking gun etc. I did get some thin silicone residue on the front of the tank. I tried removing it with a razor blade, but it is such a thin layer that it isn't working. Is there anything that you can use chemical wise to remove silicone? Or should I just try to scrub it off? (the tank is glass, what should I use to scrub that won't scratch it?)

Thanks!!

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I think rubbing alcohol works...

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I don't know if this works on silicone (but also don't see why NOT), but you can use fine steel wool, and it shouldn't scratch the glass. Grade 000 or 0000.

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Thanks!!

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What also tends to work (depening on the type of silicone though) is to make a soapy solution. This tends to soften the outer layer of silicone a bit, so if it's a very tin layer, you might be able to get it of that way. That's to say, if the alcohol doesn't work :).

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I find that razor blades also work for very thin residue. You just have to get the correct angle and a sharp enough blade.

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