How Do You Remove Bath Sealant?

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Sealing the edges around a bath is normally done with either silicone sealant or bathroom and kitchen sealant, there is a small difference between the chemical make up of these two products but they appear identical. Before beading around the bath it is essential to remove any traces of old silicone, this can be done by cutting it away with a sharp knife or you can now purchase silicone eater which makes removal far easier.
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How to Remove Bath Sealant
Like many things in a home, bath sealant needs to be replaced periodically. If left on too long it can become mildewy and dirty. In order to apply new sealant, you must first remove the old. Removing bath sealant is a simple task that you can do quickly... More »
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
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Like many things in a home, bath sealant needs to be replaced periodically. Removing bath sealant is not very difficult and can be easily done with the help of right tools. For silicone sealant removal, you will need to purchase the following: a stanley knife or similar, a scraper, a specialist silicone removal tool. Silicone remover can be found in a paint on form, an aerosol type or catridge type. For good measure, test it on a small area before liberally applying.
Bath sealant can be removed by a solvent or scrapping off with a Stanley knife. With this knife, one pulls and makes sure they remove it completely as replacing the sealant one will have to use a sealant gun. Slide the knife blade behind and under the silicone sealant with the blade against the surface. Avoid scratching the surfaces. After slicing the sealant on both surfaces, use the knife blade to cut the silicone into sections and place the blade back under the sealant and then lift it away from the surface. Grab the loose end of the sealant and pull it gently while lifting the section of sealant away. Any remaining remnants of silicone can be removed by gently scraping them off with the knife blade. Use the whole length of the blade and slide it along the surface while scraping the sealant as you move.
You can use a razor blade to remove bath sealant. You can carefully scrap it off while wetting the surface with white vinegar. If bath sealant is left for too long, it can become mildewy and dirty.
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