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hummin40 02-04-2008 11:09 AM

Clear silicone caulk used instead of plumber's putty**HELP**
We have a bathroom sink that someone used a clear silicone caulk on the drain flange instead of plumber's putty. They left one heck of a mess all over the sink that I can't get off with anything on the market. I've even used a razor to try to scrape the mess off of the sink bowl itself. A salesperson at Lowe's recommended some gooey green stuff that I let sit for over 24 hours without ANY softening of the caulk. Is there anything else I can try? (besides hunting the plumber down and caulking HIM?) :laughing:
Thanks in advance!

Joe F 02-04-2008 02:34 PM

I'm surprised it's sticking that well to the sink. How about trying a scotch brite pad?

hummin40 02-04-2008 02:57 PM

I think I started with one of those. I just finished reading a thread on here where some guy had the same problem with silicone in a tub. One suggestion was a sanding drill. Sounds like I'm stuck with a mess and I'm not alone.
Oh well, I tried. Thanks for your help, Joe.

Marlin 02-04-2008 10:30 PM

Usually it comes off pretty easy. This is why I recommend plumbers putty over silicon. They make a non-staining putty for plastics and porous stones.

CathrynH 02-04-2008 11:11 PM

What about acetone (nail polish remover)

amdspitfire 02-04-2008 11:18 PM

use a knife
u need to penetrate it first then start scraping, put your back into it ;)

dyier 02-04-2008 11:36 PM

new sharp razor blades and time have always worker for me.

tubguy 02-04-2008 11:58 PM

Use a scrap razor blade and remove as much as possible. Then take WD 40 and spray the area down. Now continue scraping the wetted area down with razor blade. It might take a couple of tries. Let us know how it works out.

hummin40 02-12-2008 02:59 PM

Thanks everyone! Elbow grease, razor blades, WD40 and scruffies have taken most of the mess off. I appreciate your help!

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