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Getting old caulk off of aluminum window

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Have used anodized aluminum windows in good shape that have old dried caulk on the frames. How can we get at least most of the caulk off. Tried Goof-off which didn't work ot all.

Thanks.

(post #62546, reply #1 of 15)

heat gun...or for the brave and crazy, a torch.

 


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(post #62546, reply #2 of 15)

If it's silicone caulk, 3M makes a remover for it.

See your local hardware outlet or big box.


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(post #62546, reply #3 of 15)

What, exactly, is the name of the stuff? I've tried 3M Indoor/Outdoor Caulk Remover on siliconed tile and aluminum, and it didn't do squat. You must be talking about something else, Id love to know what it is.

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(post #62546, reply #8 of 15)

Don't know what to tell ya. Works for me when removing old silicone caulk around a tub.

Cut out the bulk of the old caulk. (Utility knife or Multi-Master with scraper blade) Apply 3M product and let it set for maybe 15 minutes. Remove softened caulk with dull putty knife and then rub with clean cloth. Wash off with soap and water. Let it dry and then sprinkle some talc or similar on the surface. Blow it off. Where it sticks, there still some more silicone caulk. Apply some more 3M. Repeat. When no powder sticks, it's all gone.

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(post #62546, reply #12 of 15)

Must be the tenaciuos adhesion of eastern silicone<G> Lemme know when you need some more, I'll send what I've got to ya LOL

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(post #62546, reply #13 of 15)

What about spray on 3M Silicone, Adhesive and Wax Remover. Available at the mighty Wally World stores. Or else use a product called Dad's stripper. That will eat quite a bit as well.

(post #62546, reply #14 of 15)

Dad's stripper? man that sounds dirty.

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(post #62546, reply #15 of 15)

It's only dirty if it's done right.


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(post #62546, reply #4 of 15)

I vote heat gun and putty knife

 

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and remove the film with that caulk remover stuff from Dap...


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The film left on my eyeballs from the caulk fumes?

LOL

 

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(post #62546, reply #7 of 15)

After getting off as much as I can manually I then use Solvent N, and Ados product.


 


So far there is nothing this stuff wont remove. It doesnt hurt plastic either. Dont use it on fibreglass though cos the 2 dont get along. Dont ask me how I know this....


 


I have an idea for some reason that it interferres with the anodising on aluminium. Cant recall why, dont think I ever did that.


Anyhow, if ya can get some try it on a wee spot first to be safe. Make sure you gots good ventilation too cos it will do funny things to your brain after a while. Got a definite "solvent smell" to it if you know what I mean.


 


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(post #62546, reply #10 of 15)

Solvent N = naphtha.....maybe???


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(post #62546, reply #11 of 15)

No idea, doesnt say anything of interest on the tin. Probably contains one of the worst carcinogens known.


Dunno if I really want to find out or not.


 


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(post #62546, reply #9 of 15)

Have seen advertised and in catalogs a router type bit you put in your drill motor and it routs the old putty out without harming the frame or breaking glass.  Never have used one or talked with anyone who has used them. But here is the link::


http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1288995


 


 

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