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Dissolving Silicone Adhesive

 

Silicone glue, which is inexpensive, widely available, and easy to use, is frequently used in gluing glass to glass and other sustances.  Applications such as outdoor installations, attaching feet to fused pieces, and securing supports to the back of pieces to be hung are common. 

 

Silicone can be removed by scraping with a blade or craft knife, but that can be laborious and isn't always practical.  Instead, try using a solvent that's made to remove silicone.

 

There are a number of solvents on the market, but one of the best is Silicone-Be-Gone, a product made by DAP and developed specifically for removing silicone.  It can be used both for dissolving cured silicone and for cleaning up the area around freshly applied silicone.  The product takes several hours to work completely. It's also an oil-based solvent that has a noticeable odor, so use with proper ventilation.  It's also a good idea to wear gloves to minimize contact with your skin. 

 

If you don't want to use the stronger commercial products, you can remove silicone with mineral spirits or rubbing alcohol.  These products are safer, but they will take longer to work, and they will likely also require some elbow grease and a fair amount of scraping.

 

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