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Removing silicone?

Ok so i just took my 50gallon tank apart because i want to redo it to test a new method so i was just wondering what is the easiest way to get all the small resin that is left over off? I used a razor blade but it doesn't take it all off and take forever! I was thinking that i may be able to use my dremel with a buffing wheel but idk, is the razor blade the only way =/
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I tried a couple different chemicals and none of them worked. The razor blade and elbow grease were the only thing that got it off.
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All the other things I have heard about are more about getting rid of your skin oils that are all over the glass after arguing with it for so long. But I keep hearing about rubbing alcohol (Isopropl alcohol) or acetone (nail polish remover, but no skin conditioners or scents. You can get it in the paint department of most hardware stores)

Looking at DIY home repair sites under recaulk the bath tub sort of project there are some caulk removers. I have no idea if they would help.

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ye i have tons of acetone and most chemicals that people use but my problem is trying to get the silicone off the vertical edges were they cut the glass so its not perfectly polished like the flat viewing part would be, so i was wondering if using a dremel with a buffer on it would work better or a polisher on the dremel not sure but i dont want to be the Ginny pig if someone hasn't tryed it haha.
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It's pretty much all about the brand new, sharp razor blade!
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On those irregular surfaces, perhaps the buffer or grinder would be the way to go!
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Acetone does nothing. I tried several time and even set it soak til it evaporated when I was breaking down tanks to use as second hand glass. Save your Acetone. I wasted a quart. The best method is elbow grease and razor blades. The trick to the blades is keep them fresh. Once they feel like they are snagging or catching, throw it away. It takes several passes to get all the silicone off regardless. 1-2 swipes usually doesn't do it. I have been doing a lot of glass cutting for sumps and overflow boxes from second hand glass. I bought a 100 pack of razors last summer and I am just half way thru it. Keep the blades fresh and the silicone comes of way easier.

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yep i got a pack of 60 razor blades and a little plastic holder so i dont destroy my finger tips haha. Yea nothing is going to touch the silicone i just use the acetone to remove any finger prints and any little peaces of silicone that are just laying on the glass already scraped off. im going to try and use the dremel tomorrow so wish me luck fingers XXXXXXXXX hahahaha
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Dow has a product called DSR that removes silicone

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Dow has a product called DSR that removes silicone
where can i find that? I tryed looking online but cant find it?

Bump: If i have to order it i would rather just use the razor blade
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where can i find that? I tryed looking online but cant find it?

Bump: If i have to order it i would rather just use the razor blade
http://www.dsr5.com/siliconeremoval.htm

http://www.dowcorning.com/applicatio...USA&language=E

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You could order from Tampa and have it next day UPS.

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true my dad picked up some polishing dremel tools so i will let you know how it works out bad or good.
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went to the store and got a small wire brush to put on my dremel and was so amazed at how fast and easy it worked! It took all the silicone off and left no scratches because the glass is more abrasive than the wire brush i think! This makes everything go so much faster and saves your fingers from having to work the razor blade to death~!!!! Sorry for the had camera footage, its hard to hold the dremel still and hold the camera at the same time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA7zA32aRCs

Here are the before picture and after picture big difference!!

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