Anyone have any good tips on getting rid of this stuff? I have my windshied out right now and I'm trying to remove that black RTV silicone they use as a sealant.
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Posted 07 June 2013 - 04:25 PM
Razor Blade is about the best I've found.
There is a "silicone caulk disolver" now at your local home center - never tried it though.
Posted 07 June 2013 - 04:29 PM
Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:14 PM
It's probably urethane. Talk to a glass person, but I think you are supposed to leave some intact for the new adhesive to adhere to.
Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:59 PM
I think you're right on it not being rtv. I have a tube of weatherstripping adhesive somewhere that this resembles quite a bit, now that I think about it. The problem is there isn't much left where it needs to be because of rust but large chunks around the edge, and I want to get rid of it before I fix the rust and paint over it.
Posted 08 June 2013 - 10:44 PM
If nothing works, or you are short on acetone, try brake fluid. It removes urthane fairly well when it is still wet. I do not know how it works on the hardened one.
Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:51 AM
Posted 09 June 2013 - 02:51 PM
Since he's repainting anyway brake fluid might be worth a try. Just don't use it if your not planning on repainting since brake fluid will destroy your paint job.
The brake fluid will soften paint first. It takes at least 20-30 minutes to soften latex, sometimes even more then this. The car paint is much stronger. So there is no big danger here.
Posted 09 June 2013 - 05:45 PM
I will try both tomorrow and report my findings. I will even wear a lab coat while I do it, to make it official.
Posted 10 June 2013 - 10:07 PM
the answer is... Putty knife and a wire wheel. Brake fluid did soften it up but didn't make a noticeable difference. It did clean the paint very well. It would work better if you were willing to leave it on overnight, but with the rain coming in tomorrow, I don't have that kind of time.
Just a reminder, don't forget to wear goggles when using a wire wheel. I took a needle to the face today.
Posted 17 June 2013 - 02:06 PM
Glad it wasn't to the eye...
Ouch either way.
Glad you survived.
Posted 19 June 2013 - 12:43 AM
I was wearing my goggles, but every time something like this happens it just reminds me why I wear them.
Posted 23 June 2013 - 06:48 PM
Definitely don't remove all of it on a windshield seal. A little left behind is absolutely fine.
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