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Old 01-27-2009, 02:47 AM
 
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I am having a hell of a time getting the silicone in my viv to dry. Now I did notice that some of the tubes of silicone were much thicker than some of the others. I dont know which part is the one that is having trouble drying.

Is there anything I can do to help speed the drying? I know I am partly being impatient but part of me is actually concerned. I did the background on Friday and parts of it are still semi wet. It's had days to dry/cure.
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:56 AM
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I hate to break the bad news but some silicone tubes will not cure. Your right, it sucks. You can wait longer but if it is going to cure it should take no longer than 24hrs to cure....maybe a few days more for all the fumes to go away.

I always smear out a tester blob or bead and wait 20-30 minutes for it to skin over before using it in my viv. I too learned the hard way but it really isnt that bad....just get an old towel and wipe it up as best you can. your next layer of silicone should seal up the old stuff.

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Old 01-27-2009, 03:06 AM
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well i have fallen victim to the expired silicone too! my brother and i were building a 10g we have now got all the bad stuff off and are now going to go with the method "hanson" stated above...........it took a couple hours of staring in Disbelief to acually scrape it off but its done now and if it has been longer than 24 hours ...i would suggest stop staring at it!
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:20 AM
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I always smear out a tester blob or bead and wait 20-30 minutes for it to skin over before using it in my viv. I too learned the hard way but it really isnt that bad....just get an old towel and wipe it up as best you can. your next layer of silicone should seal up the old stuff.
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This is what I do as well. Silicone doesn't have to be expired to be bad either. Good silicone typically has a smooth, glossy texture when you are laying a bead. Bad silicone can be a little chunky with a matte texture. The difference is especially obvious with colored types.
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Had this problem with the 45 gal I just built. Had to redo half of my background, lol.
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That about takes care of how I feel right now. I am gonna get cleaning the parts that havent cured tomorrow.

I knew something wasnt right when it was really hard to squeeze the silicone out of the tube. Damn!
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you always want to test a tube of silicone outside the viv before using it in the tank.
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