Mareline S
Mareline S
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Asked on Mar 22, 2012

How do I remove a thin film of silicone grout from bathroom sink?

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  • Mareline S
    on Mar 22, 2012

    I should have mentioned it's in the bowl of the sink, in other words the porcelain is curved.

  • Mareline S
    on Mar 22, 2012

    The film is not visible, but the area resists water and does not shine like the rest of the sink.

  • Its Really Concrete, Inc.
    on Mar 22, 2012

    paint thinner & 0000 steel wool - just did the same thing w/joint 'tween wall & granite c-top only we had to remove polyurethane instead

  • Mareline S
    on Mar 22, 2012

    The sealant as I mentioned is no where near the inner bowl of the sink.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 26, 2012

    I'm a bit curious how this "grout" got in the bowl in the first place? And what type of sink this is? Metal with an enamel finish?..ceramic? a touch of acetone and some 5 "o" steel wool should do it.

  • Mareline S
    on Mar 27, 2012

    The silicone grout was used by an amateur who made the mistake of cleaning off the tools and/or hands in the sink after grouting. Have had this issue for years even though it has been scrubbed with comet etc. over the years. GE silicone is very stubborn. I'm not sure if the sink is enameled over metal or ceramic. It came with the house which was built around 1966 and otherwise is in pristine condition. It's pink if that is a clue.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 27, 2012

    PINK...ok are you interested in not having a pink sink? This could be the tipping point to swap it out. There are chemical cleaners designed to remove silicone caulks...you might give one of them a try . http://www.amazon.com/Mckanica-0354-SILICONE-CAULK-RMVR/dp/B000PVT1P4

  • Phoenix Stone Solutions
    on Mar 27, 2012

    Have you tried denatured alcohol? You also may have staining under that area now...

  • Mareline S
    on Mar 27, 2012

    KMS....THE BEST....THANKS FOR THE TIP!

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 28, 2012

    no problem...let us know how it turns out

  • Mareline S
    on Apr 7, 2012

    Update: local hardware store said goo gone was the same ingredient as KMS suggestion...tried that and no change. Just ordered the suggestion by KMS and will post result once it arrives.

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