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Old 02-15-2010, 10:24 PM   #1
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removing silicone caulking

How can I remove silicone caulking from a new acrylic 3pc bathtub shower surround without damaging it or removing the bead.There is residue on the walls of the surround in areas from trying to smooth out the bead. Would like to remove the residue without damaging the surround.Help please.

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Old 02-15-2010, 10:57 PM   #2
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What a mess! Usually I use a razor blade, but obviously that isn't a good choice for your app. I'd try a mild remover such as goo-gone. It'll take some good fingernail action as well, but I think anything stronger such as mineral spirits would probably dull the finish.

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Old 02-17-2010, 09:09 PM   #3
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A plastic scraper is the only thing I can think of that might work. A razor blade will cut through most of the silicone, but will easily scratch the acrylic. There are no solvents that will dissolve it. This is why the instructions for silicone caulks say to mask the area first with masking tape on both sides - it's the only way to prevent residue on the surface. You've got a nearly impossible task on your hands.
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use the search forum on this site. Somewhere there is a great thread about this.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:40 AM   #5
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Goof off in a spray can removed silicone caulking and paint from my plastic tub easily. You will want to wear a respirator as it is a potent solvent. Worked great.
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:29 PM   #6
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Get your hands on some plastic razor blades. They are less likely to scratch than metal ones. They will fit in a standard holder. Your paint store may have them. I don't know about box stores. You can always order online. They are actually nice to have around for other projects like scraping paint from windows. They do not rust like metal ones.

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