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Shade Tree Mechanic
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Did a search on "cleaning silicone aluminum" and turned up nothing? I was wondering the best method for cleaning the silicone off my panels when it's dry? I tried a Scotch Brite and WD-40 which eventually works but is real slow. I read some posts that said to let it dry then peel it off, but I'm thinking it may be better to use a rag slightly dampened with Acetone when it's still soft?
 

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Shade Tree Mechanic
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Brake Cleaner shoulda known, that stuff cleans just about everything in the known universe
 

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The best solvent for UNCURED silicone is denatured alcohol. There really isn't a solvent for cured silicone, but it will come off with mechanical abrasion. Best bet is to clean as you go with the denatured alcohol.
 

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Shade Tree Mechanic
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Thanks Joe.
 

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Carb cleaner, Bob
 

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Beleive it or not, but I have the best luck just rubbing it off with my fingers - kinda like an eraser.
 

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Good old fashion...Mineral Spirits!
 

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Laquer thinner here. No matter what is used it takes some amount of rubbing. In certain spots of my build I took extra care to remove(rag+laquer thinner) uncured silicone on certain panels since I knew it would need to be removed in the end.
 
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