so i recently took of my tire carrier and now need to remove some silicone from the painted body of my jeep. i have tried my finger nail, and also a light solvent and no luck. Does any one know of a good solvent i can use that will take it off and not damage the clear coat or paint underneath?
I have some stuff called "de-solve-it" that works great. I installed a bathroom sink and got some high powered silicone on the inside of it. I tired acetone and all kinds of other shit that didnt work. When i used the de-solve-it stuff, it came right off. It is some kind of citrus based solvent. It comes in a spray bottle and is orange in color. It smells like oranges too. This shit works. This is exactly what i have:
If you use that stuff that smells like oranges keep it off anything plastic because you will melt it. 3M makes a similiar product that they call a grease remover. The stuff works great and you can order it from Grainger.
I assume this is just plain old silicon, not one of the other products that look like silicon, like polyurethane or polyether? Plain old silicon isn't that hard to get rid of - heck, it pretty much desoves in gas.
Some of the other produts look like silicon but are actually very different and far more tenatious. In the marine world 3M makes a couple of products called 4200 and 5200 that are a real bitch to get rid of. In fact, 5200 is considered a permanant bond. Glue something down with it to a fiberglass boat, and you'll likely tear the 'glass apart removing it before the bond of the 5200 lets go.
If you're dealing with something like this instead of of just plain silicon, head down to a local west marine (or other marine shop, or check it out on-line) and pick up a product called Anti-Bond 2015. It's about the only chemical I know that will help with a polyurethanes. You'll still need a razor blade and a lot of paitence though.
Are there large amounts still left on there? If so, I would use a plastic scraper or something that won't gouge the paint to get the majority of the silicone off first. Goo-Gone, the item I suggested, will remove small amounts at a time with elbow grease like I said...I am not sure about the products others recommended. I haven't found anything Goo-Gone won't remove as far as residue left after scraping off most of the material.
i am impatient and if it looks like its not coming off after scrubbing for 30, i tend to look for other means. I want to find a shop that has that 3M eraser wheel, that thing looks like it works tits and doesnt wreck paint.
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If the silicone is that difficult to remove it may have polyurethane adhesive in it like 3M's 5200 for marine use. West Marine sells this stuff and it says it will not harm certain paints (2-part paints as well as gel coat and certain plastics.