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.
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