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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-07-2014, 12:16 PM
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Easy on the steel wool on the outside of the metal parts. It will scratch it and remove the patina that makes it look old and cool. It can also scratch glass, of course.
The blue scotchbrite pads are good to use.
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post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-07-2014, 01:49 PM
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The plumbers putty won't hurt anything. It simply goes on the outside of the glass and will even out any spaces in the old mastic.

I agree on the steel wool. Chrome or stainless steel polish will work well.
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The plumbers putty won't hurt anything. It simply goes on the outside of the glass and will even out any spaces in the old mastic.

I agree on the steel wool. Chrome or stainless steel polish will work well.
It also won't bond anything if you're replacing panels. On a tank where the bottom panel is glass you use silicone. If it's slate then silicone isn't the answer since it won't bond to slate. In that case you try to remove as much asphaltum as possible where the replacement panel goes with a heat gun then use silicone to make the repair. I won't go into any more detail on a slate repair since his tank is all glass.

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Black Jack Asphalt and Tar remover is the product I've used to clean up any leftover residue of the 'cement' from the stainless tank trim. Just clean up the solvent with soapy water to remove the oily residue and then wipe the stainless trim with denatured alcohol and let dry before installing the new glass panes and silicone.

You will probably have to make some spacers to fill the gaps between the S\S frame and the glass to compensate for the removal of the old 'cement'.

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