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Removing Silicon sealer

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by gorilla33, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Oct 22, 2010 at 7:26 AM
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    gorilla33

    gorilla33 [OP] Stock Radiant Red

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    The rear window on my Tacoma starting letting water flow into my truck. This caused the inside of my truck to really smell awful. In a moment of stupidity I used clear silicon sealant to shoot in the gaps around the black molded plastic in order to stop the leak. This would have worked fine if i had taken the time to tape off the paint so that left over goo wasn't on the paint. The sealant has now cured and left a dull look to my paint about an inch above the window, the full width of the window, due to the sealant residue film on the paint. Is there any good ideas to remove this stuff from my paint?
     
  2. Oct 22, 2010 at 7:45 AM
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    scottri

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    MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) would probably do it but I'd test it to make sure it doesn't damage the paint first.
     
  3. Oct 22, 2010 at 7:50 AM
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    is it genuine silicone? GE brand? Ge brand should peal right off no problem. other brands are not real silicone, they are imitators. Silicone will not chip or crack. (i used to be a packaging engineer at ge silicones)

    Anyways, use a little gas if it's not a ge brand and it should clean right up
     
  4. Nov 18, 2010 at 9:29 PM
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    island808

    island808 Me l've got brains.

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    Many things like "automotive goop" will stick to paint something fierce. I have not found anything I feel safe putting on my paint that will loosen them. Worse is.. they're super flexible and have incredible strength.. Try scraping it with your fingernail and they just stretch.

    If its RTV.. rub it with your finger.. if its automotive goop type stuff.. maybe call the manufacturer or read the tube possibly.
     
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