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removing silicone from glass?

I just bought a used tank it had some silicone on the front side of the glass, i guess the previous owner silicone dividers in the tank. Does anyone or has anyone remove silicone from glass? if so what did u use?
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I used a razor blade.

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that will take too long and im afraid it will scratch up the glass, remember this is the front glass where everything is in view. I heard of acetone might try that tomorow
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As long as you hold the razor blade flat against the glass there is no way it can scratch it.

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Glass is probably a little more resistant to scratching than you would expect. Its not like acrylic which scratches easily. Like Dan's85 said as long as the razor blade is flat you shouldn't have any problems. It is the method most people use.
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Razor blade to take off the big stuff and acetone or isopropyl alcohol to clean off the itty bitty pieces.
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Razor, and elbow grease for sure.

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Razor blade.
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Another ditto for the razor blade. I use a single edge because the other side is reinforced to handle the pressing against the glass without distorting.
If it is a bowfront tank then hold the working part of the blade vertical, and work side to side.
If it is a flat pane of glass then any direction at all will work just fine.

Careful not to cut into the silicone in the corners.
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Use soapy water with the razor at the same time to avoid scratching. Keep it wet.



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+1 soapy water and a razor blade held flat.

They make these neat little things that hold a razor blade in place and give it a handle... I think I saw one in the dollar store the other day.
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I guess razor blades it is thanks guys ill post pics tomorrow

another questionni dont feel like starting another thread but I cut down a oak tree in my front yard its been sitting outside for a year now, is it safe to use in my tank if i stripped off the bark?

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Google cut tree for firewood. Even trees cut for firewood need prepping for a long time. Research. I wouldn't do it.



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I have a gas fireplace no use for wood
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Sorry if i confused you. I just wanted to warn you about critters and other things in chopped trees and how they prep it even for burning in a fireplace. So I would say even more precautions before introducing it to a tank.



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