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What product to replace Mildewed silicone on hardtop

Discussion in 'Technical Discussion' started by Fixinbones, Sep 8, 2020.

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  1. Fixinbones

    Fixinbones Member

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    I’ve noticed that the silicone on the hardtop of my V72 Princess has become dirty with significant mildew. I’ve been looking at what to use to replace it. Im thinking about using the 3M 4000UV. It’s listed as a medium strength removable adhesive and has good UV resistance. Would this be appropriate to use instead of a pure silicone type product? Thanks
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    Yes, but it only seems to last three years or so, then breaks down , cracks and becomes chalky.
    Sika-flex products seem to do a better job. Or 3M 5200.
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    motoryachtlover Senior Member

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    I agree with clean slate. I don’t like he 4000 where it is visible and exposed to UV.
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    Thanks I may go with the Sikaflex 295uv then. Thanks
  5. Capt J

    Capt J Senior Member

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    Just wipe the silicone with solvent and clean it.
  6. Fixinbones

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    Worth a try. What’s the best solvent to try? Mineral spirits?
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    Capt J Senior Member

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    Acetone
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    Acetone is pretty strong stuff. Would it not be better to try bleach first?
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    Bleach turns caulk yellow. Acetone, just do a quick wipe and it takes it right off.