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Re: [APD] Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 36, Issue 11

> Hello Mike,

Chloroform, dichloro ethane, or trichloro ethane  will dissolve 
silicone. The di- and trichloro ethane are used in drycleaning.



> Hello all,
>               Recently acquired another 125 gallon tank. I was very 
> excited as I have yet to design and build the stand for the 125 I have 
> now. ( new house, new fish room, new stands! ) I will now design and 
> build an over/under stand for them.
>                This was how I felt this morning. Now I am angry.
>                In a previous life, right up until yesterday, the 125 
> served as a sump for a 210 gallon reef. The four bulkheads will serve 
> some, as yet undecided purpose, or will be plugged. This is not the 
> problem.
>                The problem arises from the fact that at each end of 
> the tank, there were acrylic sheets siliconed  on to the glass to 
> facilitate the sump operations.
>                After much work, the sheets were removed. The silicone 
> was not however. Even with much scrubbing and the use of more than a 
> dozen single edged razor blades, there remains the ghost of the 
> silicone.
>                I have read in the archives that acetone will remove 
> the silicone, and someone said that steel wool and scrubbing powder 
> will work as well. These methods were in reference to removing 
> silicone from the bottom edges of the tank in preparation to reseal a 
> leaker.
>                My silicone is in the viewing area of the glass. I am 
> unwilling to try the steel wool method. I am wondering if the acetone 
> leaves any trace of its presence behind.
>                Basically, I need to remove what seems like the 
> thinnest ( untouchable by even brand new razors ) film of silicone 
> from the glass. Suggestions Please.
>        Thanks,  Mike
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