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Old 07-23-2007, 10:25 PM   #1
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I want to remove and redo the caulking between the backsplash and wall in the kitchen...We will be repainting the wall but want the caulk to look nice instead of gaudy.
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I quite often run a knife flat across the backsplash and the same on the wall then peel it off.

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I use a razor blade using Darylh's technique.
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I understand about cutting it out with a knife or razorblade but what about clean-up of the flashing or residue that is left...I plan on running a smaller bead for a neater apperence. I guess what i'm most concerned about is ruining the texture on the wall. Even though I will repaint I don't want to retexture the wall.
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I understand about cutting it out with a knife or razorblade but what about clean-up of the flashing or residue that is left...I plan on running a smaller bead for a neater apperence. I guess what i'm most concerned about is ruining the texture on the wall. Even though I will repaint I don't want to retexture the wall.
For Latex caulk I have used hot water and a scotch brite pad, for silicon I use thinner and a rag and then when finished I wash it with soap and water to get off any risidual thinner.
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I've used "Silicone be gone" made by DAP. Just follow the directions. I find it is at most hardware and building supply stores I deal with.

Razors and scrubbing works ok for tile or enamelled surfaces but even there there will usually be some spots with a little left . But if you are removing silicone from fibreglass or acrylic surfaces I guarantee you'll damage it with a razor.

I have not tried acetone. The magic eraser sounds good. I will try it next time. I've been told that magic eraser has chemicals in it that may be harmful to children. So just a word of caution for anyone with chemical sensitivities!
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MSDS for Mr. Clean Original Eraser shows no chemicals in it and no issues except for if you eat it or rub it on skin or in eyes.
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Depending on the caulk used and how sloppy the application was, you might not have a choice about the retexturing. Sometimes the effort to remove the caulk compromises the surface. Especially painted, textured surfaces.
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Use a plastic caulk installer tool and if that don't get it all lightly use a hairdryer to heat it up,then use a hard plastic like a credit card or plastic box cutter.

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