So I removed the basking platform stands that were there.
I was a little concerned when I saw several threads about buying the 100 pack of razor blades...you will get cut...this will take some time...etc.
I tried something new and picked up a glass finishing tool. My dear sweet jesus, it worked like a charm. After making the initial cut on top to remove the black bar, simply taking this too along the glass removed the large remaining silicone spread. Then using light pressure on the corners of the tool removed all of the very thin film left on the glass. I bought the xtra pack of blades, didn't even open them. Got the job done in one blade, no issues. Very pleased. What I thought would take me an hour or so ended up taking 15 minutes. After a follow up with some acetone, the job was done. Of course, thanks so much for the guidance and such in this forum.
On with the photo progress
Here is the tool I suggest you all at least TRY when resealing a tank, building, or like some of us here, making mods to the tank. For this price it can't be beat.
One of the actual attatched black bars that I removed later.
After making the initial cut, gently pry the piece off, you can hear it coming off, so ease up, use your strength wisely.
TA DA! Now we see that silicone bead that will soon become this new wonder tools dinner.
Shot through the glass after both are complete from the acetone wash. Some water spots exist here, yet they are in a different area. The glass is ready.
So a nice pick me up day after yesterdays leak from the reactor.
Actually, no water or anything will actually be touching these areas, so if these areas were joints, I would have probably taken more time to be 100+1% sure that this glass was ready for a new seal. Although I'm pretty confident now, when over 100 gallons of water are at risk to come giving me a new floor, we tend to take some time to double check these things.
I spoke to the supplier of the cork, and they just got a new shipment in, and are able to send me one giant cork slab to cover the basking area (just like natx did on his 40g). So I am looking forward to getting that for a weekend project.