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Salvaging glass

I have an old 10 gallon that was being stored in my garage, it got bumped and a corner of 1 side cracked. If I decide to salvage the glass for other projects, is there an easy way to take the tank apart and strip all silicone?

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You get some silicone softeners, but they are very oily..... not sure if I'd use it in a tank, your best bet is using some fresh, sharp safety razor blades.

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yea a hammer should get them all to come apart nicely.... J/k yea razor blades are the easiest to get them apart especially on a small tank! Acetone will soften it up if its still giving you trouble.


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Am I trying to run a blade between the two pieces of glass in the corners?
Do I need into remove all silicone from the inside first?
Is there a de-rimming trick ?

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Best trick I can offer on de-rimming (have done several), angle grinder with a good braided wire wheel. If your careful, the glass is completely untouched. Grind off the top edge, then work on the outside. Once most of the outside is ground down, use a razor blade to cut the remaining silicone. Cut the inside corners from each other, then you can grab ahold of the inside plastic and use a razor blade to separate it from the glass.


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I've done a few from 10 up to 29. I use a utility knife to break the silicone on the rim first then just keep scoring the rim between the glass and the rim. I'm scoring the trim so I can break it off. Then I use a razor in a handle to cut between the two glass panels. The most important tool is patience. Takes about 15 minutes for a 10.

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I really struggled with taking apart my 10 gallon even though I googled different methods. This video was hands down the best way to do it. I turned my busted 10 into a rimless cube! https://youtu.be/3M19FOgDZfc

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