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Old 07-29-2011, 03:43 PM   #11
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you can wear tight fitting nitrile gloves to help avoid the mess. Try not t put too much silicone on or you won't be able to give it a nice finish. This is a case where more is not necessarily better. If you gun in too big of a bead you will end up with a bulky edge rather than one that is feathered/blended in. I sort of made this mistake with a 90. I used less than one tube on it even with a huge bead so 2 tubes should be sufficient. If you aren't comfortable with caulking, buy some cheap caulk and practice on a cardboard box.
the most important step is the stripping out. You need to assure you have removed all the old silicone. Once you are sure you have gotten it all, get a new blade and go over it all again. On a tank that size I would have a helper to assist in rolling the tank to make it easier to apply the silicone.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:40 PM   #12
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Ok. I started cutting all the seams out - I got most of it out but now there's all these little pieces stuck everywhere - they don't really wipe out easily. What's the best way to get all that out?
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Ok. I started cutting all the seams out - I got most of it out but now there's all these little pieces stuck everywhere - they don't really wipe out easily. What's the best way to get all that out?
Rubbing alcohol and sharp razorblades.
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The rubbing alcohol will do nothing to aid in the removal of the silicone, but is used to clean the joint prior to applying the new silicone. Keep at it with the razor blades. If you are referring to little bits stuck to the glass after removal, try a vacuum to get them out of the tank.
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The rubbing alcohol will do nothing to aid in the removal of the silicone, but is used to clean the joint prior to applying the new silicone. Keep at it with the razor blades. If you are referring to little bits stuck to the glass after removal, try a vacuum to get them out of the tank.
Yea I forgot to add the rubbing alcohol was for the residue left behind. Shot vac an razor blades are best for those little pieces.
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Is this the right stuff?
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Yes, that's it, and two tubes should be plenty. I just redid a 50 long and I used almost one whole tube but I put it on too thick. Getting all the old stuff out with all the cleaning and scraping is the most work. It's all in the prep.
Don't scrimp on the elbow grease.
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Yes, that's it, and two tubes should be plenty. I just redid a 50 long and I used almost one whole tube but I put it on too thick. Getting all the old stuff out with all the cleaning and scraping is the most work. It's all in the prep.
Don't scrimp on the elbow grease.
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