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Old 08-12-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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reseal???

i have a used 46 gallon bowfront that when the previous owner was trying to get calcium stains off the top and sides, she nicked the silicone...BUT it still holds water, it only makes me very worried because you can see the silicone folding and rolling up in places higher up on the side walls.
should i reseal it? i do have several bottles of 100% silicone that my father was going to use for a new barn that we are putting up. he decided to get a different kind. should i reseal it?
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:19 PM   #2
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:23 PM   #3
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If it were me, I would go ahead and reseal it just for reassurance purposes. I got a used 5 gal. And rescaled it even though it was done just before I got it. I hope this helps.
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Two things (one) you have to make sure you are using 100% silicone without any additives, (two) you need to make sure you remove all the old silicone since new will not stick to old.
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Hi, I just resealed my 45 because of a leak. I used GI silicon 1 and have not seen any problems, I would be sure to reseal it if it folding over
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Thanks for responses!! I deff will reveal it then!

The bottles of silicone don't say anything a bout additives or fungicides...it only says 100% silicone
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Thanks for responses!! I deff will reveal it then!

The bottles of silicone don't say anything a bout additives or fungicides...it only says 100% silicone
Does it say kitchen an bath on it
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Does it say kitchen an bath on it
No it dosent
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No it dosent
Alright then your good
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Alright then your good
It does say window door and siding. Indoor and out door. Waterproof. 100% silicone
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Alright that's good, kitchen an bath has mold inhibitors unit already so as long as that's not it your good
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When you reseal make sure to take a razor blade and scrape all the old silicone off. After you do that, you can take 100% acetone(nail polish remover) and clean each seam really well to get rid of any grease or dirt. It will also remove the silicone residue. After you apply the silicone, wet your finger and slide it along the bead of silicone to push it into the corners. You can also use masking tape about 1/2 outside each corner to help get a clean, straight line. I resealed a 10 gallon this way and have had no problems with it.
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You may find it takes quite a bit of effort to get every trace of old silicone off. It can be a pain, to say the least. But if you miss any, the new stuff will not stick to it and you will have to do it over. I usually fill the tank and let the water show me any silicone I missed, it will either move in the water or look a bit whitish. I bought a box of 100 razor blades for the scraper, and while I did not need that many, it was cheaper than buying them in five or tens, and you will have to change fairly often, as they don't work very well once they get a bit dull.

Btw, the silicone on the inside of the tank, that is applied over the joins, is not absolutely needed. So long as the seal between the panes is good, the tank will hold water. Some high end tanks don't have any sealant inside them at all, and look very nice that way. But it is a bit of peace of mind, if you have concerns about leakage.

Also, when you are scraping off the old stuff, be very careful that the blade you use does not slide down into the seam between the panes of glass. That's what is actually holding the tank together and you don't want to compromise that hold. Don't cut straight down past a glass pane, only to where it meets the next pane of glass.

I find a long handled bent razor scraper works better than the cheap molded metal ones that have handles about six inches long. But an extra, very short scraper, two or 3 inch handle, can be very useful for corners or snug spots. If the tank has a plastic frame on the top, remove it. You can replace it later, and use enough silicone with it that it will never wick water over the glass if you overfill the tank sometime. Might have to use the razor to remove it, but they are not usually attached really tightly. Just a few spots of silicone is typical.

A plastic scrubbie can be helpful to remove traces of old silicone too. Be sure it's all gone before the reseal. If you use tape to get nice straight lines, and I recommend it if you have never done this before, you must remove it right away once you finish. If you allow the silicone to begin to skin over, when you pull the tape, it will take the silicone with it and you will have to do it over again. Pull off the tape the instant you finish the job. If it leaves a few smears on the glass, you can easily scrape them off later when they dry, so don't worry about them.

Once it is dry, and before you spend time fixing any smears or rough bits, refill the tank and let it sit for at least 24 hours. I prefer a few days personally. Just to be sure you got it right and the tank does not leak. Then clean up any smears and you are good to go. If it does leak, you get to do it over. Such fun . I've done 3 tanks so far, all have turned out pretty well. I found a vacuum useful to suck out the loose bits of scraped off silicone, btw. Easier than trying to pick all those sticky bits up by hand.
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Thanks for all the help! I did put green painters tape on sides to mark lines. A little further than old tank was( really paranoid...) it's a little sloppy....that's fine...not in best tank re siliconing Olympics. Lol. I found a box of old razor blade handles that I put the sharp blades into and it was a little easier on my thumbs...
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