Removing/disassembling glass panels

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  1. Tokolosh 420

    Tokolosh 420

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    Whats the best and easiest way to do this ? the tank has aluminium bracing on the front panels . we pretty much failed at doing any damage to the silicone .

    thanks
     
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    I used guitar wire, I had aluminium corners etc and took me 20min to dismantle my large tank
     
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    Piece of metal measuring tape which u break off and use as a blade.what I sometimes do is pour methylated spirits on the silicone after I make one cut along the length of the seam..It softens the silicone and makes it easier for it to be cut
     
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    Also builders gut or fishing line and acetone.
     
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    Tokolosh 420 Thread Starter

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    20 min is nothing compared to the time we put in already with fishing line and a blade , my guitar needs to re-tuned so ill try this method first , thanks bro
     
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    shot , i was also hoping that id find something that d make it easier for the silicone to peel off , the meths should just wash off ? :)
     
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    meths would also evaporate very quickly..trust me the measuring tape method works very well. just be careful if you are working with thin glass when dismantling a tank as the glass can crack very easy when you cutting between two pieces
     
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    thanks for the heads up bro :) ill try the measuring tape as well , im hoping to avoid any cracking by taking off the cracked side first , will let ull know how it went
     
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