best way to remove silicone?

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  1. Jeremy Illingworth

    Jeremy Illingworth Supporting Actor

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    The shower stall leaks so I'm removing the old silicone but I'm having trouble around the metal edge on the bottom. I tried using a putty knife but I scratch the metal. Is there a solvent specifically for this?

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  2. Mike Knapp

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    I have never had any luck with any solvent reducing dried silicone. Im afraid that the putty knife or a razor scraper is your best bet.
     
  3. Jeff Ulmer

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    Scraping is about the only way. You might try heating it with a hairdryer first, which should make it more pliable. I usually use a sharp razor blade at a low angle for this stuff. Once I get most of it off, I use a putty knife, but dragging it across rather than using the cutting edge.

    Silicone is a PITA.
     
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    As an auto tech,Ive cussed removing silicone for close to 20 years now[​IMG] That magic removal spray is what I dream of inventing so I can quit working[​IMG] .There is no way but scraping,and using a razor to get the smaller chunks.A wire brush attachment on a drill/die grinder helps,but would probobly do quite a bit of damage to surrounding surfaces.So,back to the razor blade.
     
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    Maybe you can invent a heat gun with a tip (like a soldering iron perhaps?) to press against the silicone and make it easy to remove?
    If you patent it, make sure my name is also on the patent application. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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