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Old 11-03-2016, 08:41 AM   #1
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Someone else left a bit of a mess with silicone adhesive but if I don't clean it up the customer may assume it was me. I think I used 3m caulk remover before and it worked, but I am in outer Mongolia without even a hardware store for 45 minutes maybe more.

There is a Dollar General close by. Does anyone know, is there an ordinary household product that will remove silicone adhesive? WD40 did not work. I thought of

acetone / nail polish remover
lighter fluid / naptha
carb cleaner and brake cleaner
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Can you just pull or pick it off? What's it on?
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Your customer care is excellent. Mine is lower. If I couldn't clean it in
5 minutes I'd tell the customer it was already there and he should buy
3M caulk remover if (s)he wants to get rid of it.
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Can you just pull or pick it off? What's it on?
It's around a hole through a piece of trim, some composite material. It isn't a smooth surface and it looks like they tried to wipe off the excess but made it worse.
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Your customer care is excellent. Mine is lower. If I couldn't clean it in
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Agreed. I charge money to fix code violations but the customer is on his own for violations of aesthetics.
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Most cases I would say F. it but the owner will be here to see the new construction for the first time and everything is perfect, I don't want any kind of blemish to interfere with that warm fuzzy feeling when they lay eyes on their finished product.
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My concern is if you use acetone or similar you may cause more damage.
You could take a picture of preexisting conditions and make a suggestion on how they mitigate it.

Is there a punchout guy on the job?
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Most cases I would say F. it but the owner will be here to see the new construction for the first time and everything is perfect, I don't want any kind of blemish to interfere with that warm fuzzy feeling when they lay eyes on their finished product.
I would put a tool bag in front of it when they do the walk through .
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Wire brush on a high speed drill or even better a dremmel.
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My concern is if you use acetone or similar you may cause more damage.
Good point, I tested on a small spot to see if it ruined the finish first.
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Turned out acetone and a magic eraser sponge took it off pretty easily. Too much scrubbing and I think it would have taken off some finish but with a light touch it cleaned it up nicely.
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