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What do try last to remove silicone caulk resedue?


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Old 08-31-14, 07:59 AM
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What do try last to remove silicone caulk resedue?

I removed a shower door that used clear silicone caulk (I think) around the frame on smooth porcelain tile.

I can't get rid of a thin film residue. What I tried so far:
- 3M caulk remover (worked well to remove other caulk)
- Professional strength Goof off
- scrapping with razor blade
- Acetone (nail cleaner version)
- Hairdryer

What else could I try?
 
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Old 08-31-14, 09:09 AM
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1) Lighter fluid.
2) Try just rubbing your finger over the thin film to get it to peel.
 
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Old 08-31-14, 09:11 AM
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You might try MEK or lacquer thinner but the friction from rubbing it with a coarse rag will probably be the most effective.
 
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Old 08-31-14, 09:29 AM
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Vinegar which is acetic acid the carrier used in silicone caulk. It will remove the caulk residue if you use a little elbow grease in the mix.

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Old 09-02-14, 06:56 PM
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Thanks for all the help. I tried most. But for removing 18ft of caulk in a shower nothing worked well.

After more experimenting I can recommend the following solution:
Use a stripe removal tool:
Motor Guard: Surface Conditioning

in combination with a bit of WD40.
 
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Old 09-03-14, 04:30 AM
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I should have replied earlier, but where I worked years ago we discovered "silicone creep". Almost any silicone lubricant will work its way under the caulking and eventually defeat the bond. Most petroleum products will do much the same. But I bet that stripe removing tool is much faster.

Thanks for the update.
Bud
 
 

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