Removing Excess Silicone from Panel Pull Seam Sealing?
After an aborted try at sealing the inner side of the panel pull stitching on my BMJ tarp with a poorly combined mixture of GE silicone and mineral spirits, I went and bought some Permatex Flowable Silicone and possibly over-sealed the outer stitching.
All in all, it added an ounce to my tarp, bringing the whole thing, including tensioners and guylines, up to 18 ounces. Depending on how much of a gram counter you are, this may or may not be a big deal, but an ounce just from a few lines of silicone sealant seems like a lot of weight!
I think I put too much Permatex on- does anyone know of any way to remove or scrape off the excess silicone without damaging the tarp?
Bump. Does anyone have answers to this problem?
You can get silicon digester from trade stores but I don't know if its safe for use on nylon, worth doing a test first and reading the destructions...
FWIW, there are no other ways to remove silicon. All common solvents don't touch silicone-its a job for a digester or mechanical removal only. A suitably shaped peice of plastic can be good for ripping off silicon, also worth trying a pencil eraser if its soft.
I just sealed my Superfly. I used a toothpick to apply sealer to the tarp. It kept the mess to a minimum and the seam sealer where it needs to be. I didn't search this forum for better ideas-I am sure there are many! I just used my old tent sealing method. No rain test yet..... I don't think I would recommend trying to take the sealer off...most likely will make a mess OR worse damage the tarp. Especially since the sealant has a high degree of adhesive properties to it. Keep us updated.
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