dissolving Glue like substances

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    help Guest

    A few years ago, I had a my wooden kitchen window replaced. I was left with
    a small gap between between the frame and the tiles, which the window frame
    company covered up with plastic trimmings. Recently, I had the kitchen
    tiles replaced. I have also ripped out the plastic trimming and tiled right
    up to the window frame. However, having ripped up the plastic frame, I am
    now left with what appears to be very elastic opaque plastic like substance.
    I don't know what it is but it's extremely tedious to remove and in fact I
    could only pick out a little bit at a time,

    Are there any chemicals (preferably non-volatile, non-toxic) which I could
    use to dissolve/remove that kind of elastic glue (without damaging the
    wood/wood paint)?
    help, Aug 24, 2003
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    Grunff Guest

    help wrote:
    > A few years ago, I had a my wooden kitchen window replaced. I was left with
    > a small gap between between the frame and the tiles, which the window frame
    > company covered up with plastic trimmings. Recently, I had the kitchen
    > tiles replaced. I have also ripped out the plastic trimming and tiled right
    > up to the window frame. However, having ripped up the plastic frame, I am
    > now left with what appears to be very elastic opaque plastic like substance.
    > I don't know what it is but it's extremely tedious to remove and in fact I
    > could only pick out a little bit at a time,
    >
    > Are there any chemicals (preferably non-volatile, non-toxic) which I could
    > use to dissolve/remove that kind of elastic glue (without damaging the
    > wood/wood paint)?



    First you need to identify it - there isn't a sovent that will
    dissolve all 'glue like substances'.

    If it's silicone, you can get silicone eater from a number of
    places, including plumbers merchants and Screwfix. Or you can
    use some petrol to soften it.

    What colour is it? What is it like? Rubbery? If so then probably
    silicone.

    --
    Grunff
    Grunff, Aug 25, 2003
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    help Guest

    It is rubbery and white/opaque. It's like silicone, but it's different in
    the sense that for silicone, once I get a grip on part of a piece of
    silicone, I could rip the whole silicone out. But with this, I find it
    extremely difficult. Perhaps it's because it's 'flat'. I recal the guy who
    put it on put the stuff (it was in a tube like those for silicone), on to
    the plastic triming and then the plastic trimmings onto the window frame. I
    think it was called something like mastic.

    What do I need to dissolve this?


    "Grunff" <> wrote in message
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    >
    >
    > First you need to identify it - there isn't a sovent that will
    > dissolve all 'glue like substances'.
    >
    > If it's silicone, you can get silicone eater from a number of
    > places, including plumbers merchants and Screwfix. Or you can
    > use some petrol to soften it.
    >
    > What colour is it? What is it like? Rubbery? If so then probably
    > silicone.
    >
    > --
    > Grunff
    >
    help, Aug 25, 2003
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    Andrew McKay Guest

    On Mon, 25 Aug 2003 01:09:50 +0100, "help" <>
    wrote:

    >What do I need to dissolve this?


    Grunff has already given you an answer - why not try that and see?

    Andrew

    http://www.handymac.co.uk
    Andrew McKay, Aug 25, 2003
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    Dave Plowman Guest

    In article <>,
    help <> wrote:
    > It's like silicone, but it's different in the sense that for silicone,
    > once I get a grip on part of a piece of silicone, I could rip the whole
    > silicone out.


    I've never been that lucky with silicone. I've never found it comes off
    cleanly from most surfaces

    --
    *All those who believe in psychokinesis, raise my hand *

    Dave Plowman London SW 12
    RIP Acorn
    Dave Plowman, Aug 25, 2003
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    Simon Avery Guest

    Dave Plowman <> wrote:

    Hello Dave

    >> It's like silicone, but it's different in the sense that
    >> for silicone, once I get a grip on part of a piece of
    >> silicone, I could rip the whole silicone out.

    > DP| I've never been that lucky with silicone. I've never found
    > DP| it comes off cleanly from most surfaces


    Piece of softwood batten rubbed hard along it *usually* does the trick
    for me. But no, it only peels off when the surface wasn't clean to
    begin with, ime.

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    Simon Avery, Dartmoor, UK
    uk.d-i-y FAQ: http://www.diyfaq.org.uk/
    Simon Avery, Aug 25, 2003
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