Advice 1: How to remove silicone sealant

Silicone sealant – an indispensable material, without which no do any construction or major repairs. It is easy to use, safe and inexpensive. But there is one "but": to remove silicone sealant from the surface is not so simple.
How to remove silicone sealant
You will need
  • - screwdriver;
  • knife;
  • - pumice stone;
  • - a dry, soft cloth;
  • - white spirit;
  • blade;
  • water;
  • - a means for washing dishes;
  • - stationery knife;
  • - vinegar.
Deciding to remove the old layer of silicone sealant, for example, with acrylic tray shower box, and re-process the joints with silicone, first of all, try neatly podkovyrnut the old layer with a screwdriver. As a rule, otkovyryat old layer easily.
Then, remove the walls of the shower box from the pallet. If the first attempt to do this fails, stick a knife in the crack between the walls and tray, and then cut the remaining sealant inside.
Then re-try to shoot the wall of the shower stall: this time it should work. With acrylic tray silicone remnants can be removed with pumice. This "tool" will easily remove the silicone and thus will not cause visible damage the acrylic surface of the shower enclosure.
And finally, treat the cleaned surface with a dry cloth and re-apply silicone.
In that case, if the silicone sealant you need to clean the glass surface, it can be done with a sharp blade. However, this procedure has a negative side. First, clean the glass from the silicone with a razor blade is a laborious task which may take many hours. Second, too great a risk of damage to the glass.

Because of this, try using a gentle method, for example, to remove silicone sealant using solvent white spirit. Dampen a rag with solvent and wipe her clean glass surface, then wait about a minute. With a utility knife, start to scrape the silicone. The fact that the sealant is under the influence of white spirit will become gelatinous, so remove it with a hobby knife will not be difficult.
Rinse the glass with a dishwashing detergent, it will remove the solvent. Wipe the glass dry.
To clear the silicone from the tile, carefully cut with a knife construction large pieces of hardened silicone, and the remaining sealant moisten with vinegar, then a good RUB with a dry cloth.
Remember: all solvents are toxic substances!
Useful advice
For removing silicone sealant can use special means of directed action, which can be purchased at any store that implements building materials.

Advice 2 : How to remove silicone

Silicone sealant is a tool that bonds and seals seams, preventing the penetration of air and moisture. Silicone sealants with an antibacterial compound used for grouting in the bathroom, and sealants are motorists, builders, hobbyists, etc. to remove the Sealant is not easy, but possible.
How to remove silicone
In principle, as a binder, silicone sealant showed excellent quality. It is made on the basis of solvents. Anyone who has used silicone sealant, noticed its pungent smell. Solvents attach to the silicone's elasticity and contribute to more robust adhesion (adhesion) of surfaces.
That's why experts advise not to try to remove the silicone from the surfaces of any chemical substances. Chemicals can cause poisoning, but the silicone will remain in place. To remove it has a special cleaner. But sometimes in the stores to find it problematic.
Our Russian craftsmen have found a few ways to get rid of silicone at home. So, we will need a certain amount of white spirit, rags, blades, detergent. It turns out that it's very simple.
Dampen a rag with white spirit and wipe with a silicone sealant.Wait some time (half a minute), while the silicone will acquire a gelatinous consistency. Take the blade and gently scrape the silicone from the surface. Wipe the cleaned spot with a dry rag.
Wash the cleaned surface with the use of any detergent that dissolve fat. Wipe the surface dry.
Another way of getting rid of silicone can be its mechanical removal. For this you will need a knife and a piece of pumice. The silicone peeled off from the surface with a knife, and its remnants are removed with a pumice stone. But of course, this method is applicable where the surface is not prone to scratches.
Useful advice
Silicone sealant is not recommended for use in electronics. A pair of acetic acid, which is added to the silicone to polymerize, quite corrosive.

Advice 3 : How to remove sealer

Finishing work is the final stage of the repair. Decorating the room, you need to be very careful and attentive. One drop of dried sealant can ruin the entire look. Methods to remove silicone sealant from surfaces a bit. This is due to the high adhesive properties of the composition, which greatly complicates its removal.
To not have to remove the sealant, act strictly according to instructions
In fact only two ways: mechanical and chemical.
Silicone sealant sticks to the surface once and for all. If you did not erased the fresh drops of silicone with ceramic tiles or enamelled bath, his removal will be for you a very laborious task. Take a utility knife and carefully cut away the silicone layer by layer. Trying to peel the silicone shouldn't try: don't you puke and if you do succeed, the only piece of the base to which it is bonded. Wipe off the remains with a wire sponge or abrasive cleaner.
It often happens that when sealing joints not complied with the recommendations of the manufacturer. In the end, the sealant is coming off in places. In this case, you will have to remove all the sealer before you apply the new sealant as the sealant is glued to the hard. And sealing the seam with patches will not look aesthetically pleasing.
If you are unable to remove the sealant, use a chemical. Now many firms produce solvents sealant. It Quilosa, Lugato, CRC Gasket Remover, Penta-840 and many others. Most often, the drug for the removal of silicone is in the form of aerosol or paste.
Depending on the time of application of the solvent, the sealant is either easily removed or converted into a paste, which wash away. Be sure to check the surface reaction in an inconspicuous area, because most of these substances dissolves not only the sealer but also enamel, varnish and paint.
When spraying aerosol use personal protective equipment: gloves and a mask. Operate only in ventilated area. Shake the container and apply a thick layer on the treated surface. Are aerosols rather quickly, so after 20 minutes you have to remove the sealant and clean the remnants with a cloth or spatula. If the result does not satisfy you – again.
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