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iceprizm 01-13-2010 09:45 PM

Best way to remove paint from glass?
 
i just picked up my 180G, but the sides were painted black with rustolium. what would be the ideal way to remove the paint from the glass?

Mikaila31 01-13-2010 09:57 PM

a whole lot of paint thinner........?

You might want to wear a mask or work in a ventilated area.....

iceprizm 01-13-2010 09:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mikaila31 (Post 305705)
a whole lot of paint thinner........?

You might want to wear a mask or work in a ventilated area.....

thats what i thought of first, but...........wouldnt the thinner attack the silicone?

rsn48 01-13-2010 11:53 PM

You should try those scrapers that take a razor blade, I wouldn't use solvents if for no other reason that it could jeopardize your future fish. You should be able to take the stuff off with a razor blade.

http://www.mytoolstore.com/sk/90143.jpg

iceprizm 01-14-2010 06:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rsn48 (Post 305765)
You should try those scrapers that take a razor blade, I wouldn't use solvents if for no other reason that it could jeopardize your future fish. You should be able to take the stuff off with a razor blade.

http://www.mytoolstore.com/sk/90143.jpg


yeah i use those for cleaning my glass cooktop. it just seemed like it would be slowwwww going. i was hoping there was a faster way.:-?

Angel079 01-14-2010 09:08 AM

I'd not suggest paint thinner, that'll also eat up any glue or silicon and a 180g leaking...not cool
I'd try soaking it with stuff like vinegar or Goo Gone; like put sheets on the glass parts and soak it in that stuff. Alternatively I'd break out the pressure washer BUT stay AWAY from the seals.

WisFish 01-14-2010 04:11 PM

If it's a glass tank use a razor blade.

iceprizm 01-14-2010 09:31 PM

ok got 99% of the paint off. used straight razor blades. went thru about 10 of them, but they did the job.

Freddy 01-14-2010 09:37 PM

:thumbsup:

Angel079 01-14-2010 10:07 PM

Dang what a effort....why can't people just stick to window tint if they like black for a background like I do......

Hope no fingers were hurt in the process :-)


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