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Old 08-15-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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Removing Tank Trim

Does anyone have any suggestions how to successfully remove the trim from a 55g tank without damaging it. I'd like to keep the trim intact to I can put it back on. I'm trying to remove it temporarily to put a 3D background into the tank. I'm having a difficult time getting the trim to separate from the glass, especially in the corner. Any help would be great.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:46 PM   #2
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I tried that with a 25 gallon and it did not work at all. I got it off fine but it never fit back properly again, even with aquarium silicone.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:54 PM   #3
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Razor blades or an extendable utility knife to cut the silicone between the glass and trim.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:56 PM   #4
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You shouldn't have to remove the trim... Should you? You could put the background in corner to diagonal corner then straighten it out once u get passed the trim...
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The trim has a brace in the center, so I'm unable to put the background in diagonally.

Is there any solvents that work better than others against silicon.
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The trim has a brace in the center, so I'm unable to put the background in diagonally.

Is there any solvents that work better than others against silicon.
Oh yes... Duh... Lol
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:55 PM   #7
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very sharp and thin blade works well redid a 90 gallon and removed top and bottom that way no issues, cleaned out old silicone after and replaced.
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very sharp and thin blade works well redid a 90 gallon and removed top and bottom that way no issues, cleaned out old silicone after and replaced.
If I was going to remove trim, this sounds like a very good option. Cheap and easy.
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When I did my 3d background for my 55 I cut it into three pieces, that may be an option. For appearance sake make sure to cut along the "cracks" or lines that give the background texture, it will help conceal the cut after it's installed.
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Old 08-18-2011, 01:20 AM   #10
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I just replaced a trim piece on a 55 I bought. I tried to do one piece...no go. I just destroyed the thing getting it off and put on a new one. new one was only $15.
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