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Old 05-19-2014, 03:20 PM   #1
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Clean window caulking

Some of the sticky grey window caulking has squeezed out and has been smeared on the black window frame. Does anyone know how to clean it off without removing the black paint on the window frame?

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Old 05-19-2014, 03:31 PM   #2
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Reace told me to get a plastic putty knife ( 1" or so blade ) from a paint or hardware store. Cost about $1.49 and did the job. Best done on a warm day when the putty is softer. Easy.
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Old 05-19-2014, 03:34 PM   #3
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That's butyl. It's always best to use a plastic knife and cut the part that squished out as soon as it happens. Pretty normal actually.
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We were given a small plastic tool for this during our orientation.
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:06 PM   #5
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I used a credit card when the putty was nice and soft in Florida. Just kept pressure on the edge of the window for a smooth line, worked well.
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:08 PM   #6
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I'd use acetone to clean off the butyl on the window. Won't hurt the gelcoat, just be careful or you'll end up waxing. Fingernail polish remover would work. I think the window frames are powder coated rather than paint. At least they are on my old Scamp.
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:00 PM   #7
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I used plastic scraping blades which fit in a holder intended for the old double-edge razor blades (which are still used for scraping, if not shaving). I tried the orange (general-purpose, softer) version. They work reasonably well, and don't damage the gelcoat if used reasonably... but that putty stuff is still a messy nightmare. I'll have to try some acetone...
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:39 PM   #8
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If you do it in the rain or run water on it while removing it doesn't smear, I used a glaziers fiber stick (vinyl stick sharpened like a chisel). If any has smeared on the window frame or the rubber use WD40 on a rag and it comes off. Don't get acetone on the window seal rubber as it can swell and damage it, all I used at work was WD40 and never had a problem.
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I'd use acetone to clean off the butyl on the window. Won't hurt the gelcoat, just be careful or you'll end up waxing. Fingernail polish remover would work. I think the window frames are powder coated rather than paint. At least they are on my old Scamp.
Fingernail polish remover is basically just acetone with perfume and colorants added.
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Not that you care, but acetone is one of the natural chemical components of apples.
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