How do I remove countertop caulking?


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Old 01-11-15, 08:09 AM
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How do I remove countertop caulking?

1st two pics caulking still entirely in place, Second 2 pics most has been scrapped away, but it still needs more cleaning.

Gasoline dont work. I dont know what type of caulking was used. Im afraid that all my scraping has marred up the counter and Id rather not scrap anymore.

Any ideas?


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Generally it's best to use a plastic putty knife with soap as a lubricant. Gasoline doesn't have much effect on dried caulking, you'd need something stronger like lacquer thinner or MEK ..... but that might harm the top.

What is your reason for removing the caulk?
 
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Old 01-11-15, 10:31 AM
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They do sell softener for removing latex caulk. I've used it and it does help.
 
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Old 01-11-15, 11:41 AM
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great idea. I will try that.

" plastic putty knife with soap as a lubricant"

You cant tell by the pics but it looks awful. We used almond caulking and it was fine for over 12 years. However last tenant applied white over the almond and did an awful job. I kept trying to convince myself to just leave it, but it looked to awful. Including food and other scraps that got lodged in the white caulking while it was still wet.
 
 

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