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Cleaning up after sealing basin with silicone

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by RichD1, 12 Jun 2017.

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    I've got a nice neat smooth and glossy silicone seal around the basin but how do you clean up the greasy surface which is left both sides of the seal?
     
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    Soap and water
     
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  5. Ouch, £3 at Aldis when they have them in. The smoothing tools alow a good seal, and if you carefully use a straight sided one, then you can get the sealant off above and below the seal. You have to angle some of the smoothers to get you across the grout lines, otherwise that dip into them, and give a little wave effect.
     
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    That was a failed attempt at copy/ paste
    As above that set of smooth off tools is excellent
    If you can't wait get them now at the price above. If you can wait , go on ebay and type in
    "Caulking tool kit silicone grout smooth out bath shower sealant remover"
    £2.27 but a bit of a wait
    Must learn to copy and paste roperly
     
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    Agree with most of things you said but waiting around until Aldi stocks just to save a tenner is a bit counter productive
     
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    let the silicone totally dry and then a spot of meths or white spirit on a cloth will lift the residue.
     
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    Hi Rob, that was the advice I was looking for.

    I've got all the tools including the Fugi set and had produced a nice clean joint, but as it is a black worktop you can see a greasy residue.

    I do have various cleaners but wasn't sure which would not damage the silicone.

    Richard
     
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    You're not scraping the overbleed away whilst it's still wet... that's what's drying as a film. I find the best tool is a paint scraper blade held flat to pare it off - you can use a fresh Stanley blade but the back edge eventually cuts into your forefinger :(
     
  14. I agree, but it was to demonstarte how expensive screwfix are getting as well. But as Rich has already done the job, he'll now know where to pick them up for the next time he needs them.
     
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