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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-19-2013, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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How to prevent squeezing out too much silicone?

Hi All,
I'm trying to build my own tank (27x22x16), and noticed that when putting glass panes together the silicone gets squeezed out, how do I control the amount of silicone that sits between glass panes, especially when putting the panel on top of the bottom one
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you only want a thin layer of silicone in between the glass so as long as you have that you will be fine
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Thanks flukekiller, but I thought I need to leave between 0.5mm to 1mm worth of silicone between the glass.

Also when I smooth the edges from the inside using my thump I noticed that I take out most of the silicone, is this OK? or should I leave a layer of silicone at the bottom?
I'm trying to build a rimless tank
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-21-2013, 11:24 PM
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While thumbs are handy, they don't always do the good consistent job I like. Since I do caulking for a number of home repair jobs and they are often different sizes, I have sanded a set of thin plastic tips to use for caulk of all types. Maybe for one time use, You might look for things like plastic spoons, etc. that would have the right curve?
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Popsicle sticks work nicely. I use the larger ones from the hobby stores, but I've been known to go dig in the freezer from time to time...
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