Trim silicone straight?!

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  1. Mrabkin

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    Hi folks, building my frst 280l tank, all has gone smoothly until now!!!

    Me + silicone = MESS!! (always has been, always will be)

    Now I have got some ugly inside joints with uneven, and pretty wide "smothing marks" from running my finger over inside corners.

    Is there any trick to trimming this straight or is it good old ruler and blade (and luck) to get this neat?

    Perhaps better to cover the outside corners and hide the mess altogether? Would hate to slip with a blade and cause a nice fountain from the side of my tank!

    Any suggestions appreciated!!!
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    you should have used masking tape on the joints to prevent silicone from going all over the place, this also give you a very neat finish.
     
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    Mrabkin,Speak to Pete on the forum,He builds tanks.Does an stunning job.
     
  5. Mrabkin

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    Thanks guys, have msg'd Pete... Seems i may have some slow, precise cramp-in-the hand trimming to do!!
     
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    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    You get these silicone finnishing tools that gives you different sizes 45deg corners, round corners, etc. You get them as a set. Easy to use.
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    unfortunatley there is not much that can be done once the glue has set.. masking tape and glueing tools are a must if a neat finish is required.. very few people have the skill to evenly pull their finger accross the silicone seams and create an even finish.. i have worked without silicone tools for years but i still battle with a perfect finish..
     
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    Ok, next time, now its too late, check Builders Warehouse. There is a set of blue triangular tools "Pro-Tool" that got different size corners, depending on the thickness of silicone you want. 5mm, 8mm 10mm for example. And for some reason the silicone do not stick to it, compared to your fingers, clothes, table you work on, your beer bottle....
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    riaan do you have a number for the store? i need to buy 2 more sets and nobody here gets them in anymore..
     
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    leslie, I cant remember the shop's name where I bought a set, but it is the one on the corner opposite Jan Smuts stadium. The shop that specializes in Cupboard accessories. I seem to remember a name like "Gelmore".

    If you not sure where give me a buzz and I can explain exactly where they are.
     
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    Gelma is probably the name. I bought mine from Mica Hardware - it came in a set with Bostick White bathroom sealer in it for like R59
     
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    Yep Gelmar, that is it.
     
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    Yes, I got mine from Builders Warehouse Faerie Glen Pretoria East a couple of years ago. Did came in a set with a silicone tube.
    Will check when I'm there if they still have it.
     
  14. Mrabkin

    Mrabkin Thread Starter

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    HaHa!!!
    Success.
    1. Trim messy silicone away...
    2. Patch up bleeding fingers...
    3. fork out R69.95 for Bostik kit..
    4. Re-apply silicone.
    5. Remove silicone from face, cupboard hands... and resident cat!
    6. Marvel at new, neat finish.

    and now... patiently await Sunday afternoon for the dreaded water test!

    Think i will be posting a new thread with updates on my new tank..
    Thanks for the support!!

    Mike
     
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    No need to clean the silicone from your beer can. Empty it and get another. At least one less thing to clean. Just do not dump the empty can into your wife's flip top dustbin. Else you also have to clean that....

    Have a toilet roll close by. To clean your hands. Before you touch anything else. If you use black silicone you will be amazed how many fingerprints all over you left behind...
     
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