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Old 07-18-2010, 11:11 AM   #1
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Resealing a leaky hex

I got this cheap at a garage sale, 10$. For that price, I was not going to be surprised if it leaked.
Here are some pictures of the tank and leaks. The tank is 24" tall, and 18" wide.
Do I have to remove the panes and reseal the primary seals, or would scraping, cleaning and resealing the inner secondary seal work?

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Old 07-19-2010, 01:47 AM   #2
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I'm not any help, but best of luck getting that leak fixed.

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Old 07-19-2010, 09:39 PM   #3
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As long as the tank is structurally intact (ie none of the panes are loose), I would think you should be OK just redoing the inner seams.
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+1 for jsoong. Scrape the old silicone away with a razor blade. New silicone doesn't stick to old silicone at all. The worst that'll happen is the tank will still leak and you'll be out a couple of bucks for a tube of silicone.
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remember to use the right silicone. you want pure 100% silicone like GE1. no additives for mold.
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:28 AM   #6
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Acetone (nail polish remover) or isopropyl alcohol will help remove the old silicone. Razor blades and a lot of elbow grease will get the majority of it off. Masking tape/painter's tape will help create a border to the silicone. Of course, you want to remove before the silicone starts to harden.

Give it a few days to cure before leak testing again.
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A sharp chisel works much better than razor blades ... saves your knuckles too.
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i have same exact tank and stand pm me pics of what you do with it =]
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