Asked by: Eluska Ringck
asked in category: General Last Updated: 30th June, 2020

Will thinners remove silicone?

Cutting Out the Bulk
Solvents such as vinegar or mineral spirits, and even stronger ones like lacquer thinner, swell cured silicone caulk. To remove stubborn caulk, you can either apply the solvent repeatedly or soak a rag and place the rag on the caulk.

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Also question is, what chemical will dissolve silicone?

Vinegar and isopropyl alcohol will also do this. The best way to remove silicone caulk short of using a digestant is to treat it with a silicone sealant remover, WD-40, vinegar or alcohol, wait for it to soften and then attack it with a knife or paint scraper.

does acetone dissolve silicone? Acetone, which is a colorless, flammable solvent, can be used to remove silicone caulk. Acetone is available in pure form and is also a common ingredient in paint thinner and fingernail polish remover. It is safe to use on most surfaces; however, it will damage finished wood.

Beside above, how do you remove silicone residue?

The process for removing silicone caulk residue is simple, but it does take some time and effort.

  1. Use a razor blade to scrape off as much of the residue as possible without scratching the surface you are cleaning.
  2. Apply mineral spirits or denatured alcohol.
  3. Brush away any bits that "pill" and become detached.

Does WD 40 remove silicone sealant?

Well WD40 does peel off old silicone, and it does do so much better than any product I have ever purchased over the last 30 years. But, and here's the rub. Unless you can be 100% sure you have cleaned away every last drop or smear of WD40, it can, and probably will, react with your new sealant.

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