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How to clean off silicone in tank

Most of my tanks are rimless, acrylic, or ada low iron. I have a few old school rimmed tanks with sloppy silicone jobs. How do I safely and effectively remove excess silicone from these tanks without scratching it.


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Razor blade. Razor blade. Razor blade.
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its taking forever with a razor blade
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4 ever is too soon my friend .... i tryed a cutter, very sharp knifes and so on ... but we hope some guru will open our eyes ... :P


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Why do you think I wrote it out three times?
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Why do you think I wrote it out three times?

Because we will have to use many of them maybe?


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Razor blade. Use acetone to help remove any film. Sme have suggested a hair dryer to warm the silicone to make removal easier. Elbow grease is the key. Another tip is to score the silicone with the blade repeatedly then scrape .
The scoring reduces the surface area in contact, making the scraping easier.
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Get a 100 pack of blades and plan to take 3x as long as you thought it would.
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Make sure you're scraping along the correct plane of glass for each joint so that you don't end up cutting the silicone that's actually in the joint. It really isn't that bad though in my experience. I did a 135 not too long ago - used maybe 2 blades and spent a little over an hour doing it.

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Thank you all, I have some work to do
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