Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 00:35:28 +0000 (UTC)
From: Craig's Saab C900 Site <>
Subject: Re: [Saab_c900] how to remove silicone sealant off paintwork. 8-)

"Dexter J" <> writes: >It is as I feared, it's smeared and it looks a lot like latex silicone >rather than plastic. Worse yet - that finish looks like it hasn't seen wax >in a long time. So, regardless of what I suggest, be aware that you may end >up with a tell-tale stain until you refinish the paint. If it is not a >latex silicone, use paint thinner instead of water in the instruction >below. I didn't know there was any difference - it's just normal (as far as I can tell) clear silicone sealant sold in hardware stores, etc. as 'roof and gutter sealant' since that's what the guys who did the roof were using. I've got a day off work tomorrow and will have a go at gently trying to peel some of it off to see how much it's bonded to the paint. Some other people have suggested seeking out specialist silicone release agents so I might give that a try too and make sure it won't attack the paint before going at the sealant. >It would have helped you in this instance because the silicone would have >bonded to the wax rather than the paint and a little heat would have seen >the wax release the material. Wax is even more helpful if you splash oil on >the body or leave a hand print somewhere. Yes that's very true, but I haven't waxed the car at all as it's not really in good enough condition at the moment. The previous owner went crazy buffing and actually buffed so much that the paint came right off on folds and edges so there is raw metal in a lot of places. I've dealt with that using rust converter, etc. and as time permits I sand and repaint with a gloss aerosol that's as far as I can tell a spot-on match for the current shade of the paint. >Best of luck Brother Craig - for whatever it might be worth, the little one >was just trying to be helpful. I'd encourage it myself as soon as they can >safely work a sanding block. Yeah I know she thought she was being helpful. 8-) Regards, Craig. -- Craig's Saab C900 Page --> http://nospam/~c900 Sydney, NSW Australia Craig's Classic Saab Workshop -- For Saab 99/C900/9000 Enthusiasts world-wide! http://www.nospam Come and explore our site, and check out our web-forums, mailing list, etc.

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