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I have a one piece fiberglass tub and shower. It has sliding doors and I want to take them off and use a shower curtain. How can I get the silicone caulking off with out scratching the fiberglass?

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Don, I don't know of any chemicals that will remove cured Silicon caulk (some others here may know). Although tenacious it can usually be peeled off by hand. If you have to scrape the caulk, I would suggest a plastic style scraper to avoid scratching the fiberglass. Plastic scrapers can usually be found at the BORG or similar stores, auto stores (body work sections), or, cringe, Harbor Freight.
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There are a bunch of proprietary silicone remover products. "Caulk remover" seems to be the typical US name from a quick search on Amazon.com. The reviews seem pretty mixed.
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A new stanley knife blade works well, hold it almost flat to the base, and push straight ahead. DO NOT slice sideways or dig a corner in.
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+1 on plastic...no metal as it will leave marks even if your careful and don't scratch...

Borg has plastic scrapers specifically for removing caulking...lots of shapes and sizes to suit one's fancy...

After removing bulk of caulk and doors, some residue might still be on the surfaces...scrape with plastic tools and then rub with thumb or fingers...last step could be your thumbnail (although this could leave some painful moments if you don't have "hammer thumbs")

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Don, I don't know of any chemicals that will remove cured Silicon caulk (some others here may know). Although tenacious it can usually be peeled off by hand. If you have to scrape the caulk, I would suggest a plastic style scraper to avoid scratching the fiberglass. Plastic scrapers can usually be found at the BORG or similar stores, auto stores (body work sections), or, cringe, Harbor Freight.
Okay guys I don't understand "BORG".

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Old credit card or gift card from one of a store will do the job and not scratch the finish. I used them to take epoxy off fishing rods. Walmart and others have free gift cards- no need to activate it.
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Old credit card or gift card from one of a store will do the job and not scratch the finish. I used them to take epoxy off fishing rods. Walmart and others have free gift cards- no need to activate it.
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