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  1. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Shampoo dispenser was hung on shower wall with silicone rubber.

    Shower wall material is Corian.

    Any cute tricks to remove the silicone rubber without scratching the


    ...Jim Thompson
  2. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Jim,

    I don't know much about Corian but silicone is one of the toughest
    caulks to get off. The only trick I know is the razor blade thing.
    Sometimes I use a piece of Perspex where I sharpened one edge but that
    might also scratch. Most likely it isn't just silicone but some kind of
    adhesive added in.

    Anyway, as far as I know Corian can be buffed.

    Regards, Joerg
  3. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Surfing, I found a silicone caulk remover at Ace Hardware. I'll run
    over to the corner and see what it claims on the packaging.

    ...Jim Thompson
  4. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Brand-new single-edge razor blades can slice through the stuff, and
    even scrape it down thin, but it will leave traces - it's probably
    soaked into the Corian. I'd look around for folks that work with
    Corian and see if they have any ideas - I don't really know how
    the surface finish works - if it's as nonporous as, say, marble,
    you might be able to scrape it down so thin as to be invisible.

    Good Luck!
  5. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Jim,
    Maybe look for the 1-800 number of the mfg on the web and call their
    support. Just to make sure that this stuff won't leach into the Corian.
    I remember someone who tried to remove a spot from an engineered-stone
    table and they ended up with a more diffused but now permanent stain.

    Do you know a decent hotel near S.Rural and 60 (or E.Baseline) in Tempe?
    There's the Embassy Suites but $169 is a bit steep for one night and I
    really don't need two rooms and two TVs :)

    Regards, Joerg
  6. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    2.2 mile west at I10 and Baseline:

    Ramada Limited
    Inn Suites Hotels

    Just east of I10 at Priest and Baseline:

    Residence Inn by Marriot
    Holiday Inn Express
    Springhill Suites by Marriot
    Towneplace Suites by Marriot

    Further east on Baseline and Beck:

    Candlewood Suites

    ...Jim Thompson
  7. GregS

    GregS Guest

    I tend to want to try harsh agents like lacquer thinner after the chunks are
    off. I usually use my fingernails, or razor, or slowly rubbing with Scotchbrite
    to remove silicone. After most of it is off, I usually
    have to pick at it to get the last off, but some wetting agent, even water and
    soap will help. Alcohol is also good. I have never worked with Corian.

  8. Nico Coesel

    Nico Coesel Guest

    Over here silicone rubber remover is sold in shops where they sell
    construction materials, wall paper, paint, etc. Works like a charm but
    the smell indicates it must be very toxic. Use gloves and make sure
    the window is wide open. Using a gas mask is not a bad idea.
  9. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Jim,


    Regards, Joerg
  10. "> Shampoo dispenser was hung on shower wall with silicone rubber.
    I take it off baths with wire wool....... corian is brick hard like granite
    so you should be ok.
  11. Joseph2k

    Joseph2k Guest

    For going cheap i like Motel 6. They are common but not everywhere.
  12. Bob Nielsen

    Bob Nielsen Guest

    Not quite--it scratches fairly easily but can be touched up (carefully)
    with fine sandpaper.

    DuPont warns against using strong chemicals such as paint remover:
  13. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest

    (Nico Coesel) wrote in
    As Corian is PLASTIC-based,using solvents on it is not wise.
    I'd use a tongue depressor made into a "chisel-edge" scraper,and use
    GooGone,maybe even 409.You will not scratch the Corian with a wood scraper.
  14. Richard H.

    Richard H. Guest

    Heading East on Baseline's not the greatest neighborhood, unless you're
    visiting the upscale strip joint or the outlet mall or the Fry's at 10 &

    A bit North on Priest is another Amerisuites at Rio Salado Pkwy in Tempe
    (along the dry Salt River near the airport) - I've roomed there as low
    as $40-60/nt. It's about 6 miles from where you're looking.

  15. K `Sleep

    K `Sleep Guest

    I have found that good old penetrating oil, such as WD40 works. It seems to
    seep under the rubber over a period of time, letting it go. This is the
    exact same thing as the official rubber remover, which is a oily product,
    that seems to work the same way.
    Just make certain that the oil doesn't soak into your surface, test it on a
    inconspicuous area first

  16. Nico Coesel

    Nico Coesel Guest

    The jar says the stuff is designed to be used on plastics, but test
    before using to make sure. It's worth a try.
  17. redbelly

    redbelly Guest

    I'd hesitate to use a razor blade scraper, as others have suggested.
    How about using plexiglass as a scraper instead? Preferably with the
    edge bevelled to 45 degrees or so. Maybe a brand new windshield
    ice-scraper would work for this, if you're not equipped to cut your


    p.s. I've cross-posted to, a better place for this
  18. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Really ?:)
    Saw that on the map, didn't actually know it was there.
    Where Mexican Spanish is the language of choice ;-)
    Where the clerks are failed burger-flippers ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  19. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    What's an "ice scraper" ?:)

    Seriously, I remembered I have some plastic putty "knives" which will
    probably work.

    ...Jim Thompson
  20. Richard H.

    Richard H. Guest

    D'oh! Er, West...

    Ironically, one of the nicer buildings in the area. Kinda out of place
    next to a Waffle House. :)
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