I accidentally allowed silicone spray to drip onto the fibreglass deck of my
boat. The deck is now extremely slippy and therefore extremely dangerous. I hope
you can help by letting me know how to remove/clean it away.
Undiluted Pine Sol may work.
I haven't tried it, but the paint thinner xylene may work. I don't know
if it's safe for fiberglass. Somebody who runs a body shop would
probably have first-hand knowledge of the problem of silicone lubricants.
Acetone works on windshields and wiiper blades to get rid of the silicon.
DO NOT use acetone on a fiberglass paint job or any other paint job for
that matter. I don't really have a solution. You might try a poultice
of ashes to try to absorb it and give it a bit of texture to help with
On 5/18/2015 2:44 PM, Ronnie Cronin wrote:
I have a spray can of DuPont Teflon Silicone lubricant; there are no
instructions on the can for removal of inadvertent application. Did a
Google search and found DuPont's FAQ's for general groups of lubricants,
which suggests using a "mild degreaser" and a scrub brush, as long as it
is safe for the surface. The can gives ingredients, acetone and
isopropyl alcohol, and I'm thinking those would work. Don't know what
is safe for your fiberglass, but a call to the company would probably be
a good idea.
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 5:41:12 AM UTC-4, NorMinn wrote:
That's good enough for me. I would think any of the common
general purpose household cleaners, like Fantastic, Simple Green,
anything that's targeted to cut grease, should work. Spray
it on, scrub a bit with a brush, hose it off.....
I'd try this in a small spot and see how it works: apply a thick layer
of talcum powder to the surface, rub it gently with a dampened cloth
or sponge, then wipe it off. Ideally, the talcum powder should be able
to absorb and remove the silicone spray. Since this is a messy
cleaning job, test a smallish area first and see if it works well
enough to use for the rest of the job. Flour might work, too, but
talcum powder is very slightly abrasive, so it would probably do a
better job getting the silicone off the deck. Baking soda might work,
too, but it is less absorbent and it might be too abrasive.
You're right, baking soda is harder than talc. Who would've thunk it!
Baking soda can saponify some oils. Rubbed with a rubber glove, a thin
paste of baking soda will saponify soap scum on a shower wall so it will
That doesn't prove baking soda would work on silicone lubricant, but if
it happened to me, I'd try it. Rubber gloves, something to sprinkle
baking soda, perhaps a spray bottle to apply small amounts of water, and
a way to flush the surface with water.
Baking soda hasn't harmed my plastic shower. Maybe the tiny size of the
crystals and the presence of water prevent scratching.
I think this is the right approach. I was going to recommend using clay
cat litter. I use this for oil drips on my garage floor.
I do not know which is the least abrasive. Whichever you use, I would
apply it without scrubbing. Just let it absorb the silicone.
Now, how do you get rid of the (flour/talcum/clay powder) without
scrubbing? Perhaps a vacuum cleaner would pick up most.
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