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Offline typhoon2028

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Re: How to re-melt silicone???
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2010, 06:12:54 PM »
bad mistake, definitely misread that one

wow, feeling mighty dumb

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Re: How to re-melt silicone???
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2010, 02:53:48 AM »
bad mistake, definitely misread that one

wow, feeling mighty dumb

I can't understand what you mean
It's bad to try this acid?

Offline vmelkon

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Re: How to re-melt silicone???
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2010, 02:38:18 PM »
Heat doesn't soften silicone. It decomposes and burns of you heat it enough and you end up with a white powder (probably SiO2).
I once put it in contact with gasoline. Doesn't do anything but it came off the glass. (Silicone sticks very well to glass).

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Re: How to re-melt silicone???
« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2010, 10:38:52 AM »
Silicone is a thermosetting plastic made by a chemical reaction, the acetic acid mentioned above is part of the 'curing' process and will not redissolve silicone; silicone will not melt with heat, it will decompose usually with charring.
You need to buy a new mask, or if you  think you're onto something you can try dissolving with acetone, Tetrahydrofuran THF, benzene, petroleum ether, toluene, dichloromethane, acetonitrile or any organic solvent you think will work -  try inorganic caustic soda and muriatic acid as well (separately, of course). 
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