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Make silicone liquid or dilute it and how this works

Silicone and its main properties

Silicone is one of the most commonly used sealants. A distinction is made between neutral and vinegar-curing sealants and water-based silicone sealants. It is a material that is easy to process and has a rather greasy consistency. When dry, it is a rubber-like and permanently elastic material. However, not all silicone is the same. There are different types that are used in different areas:

  • Water-based sanitary silicone
  • Sealants with antibacterial protection used in the sanitary area
  • Window silicone
  • Lightning or quick sealant

For the consistency of the sealant

The consistency of the sealant is not always as desired. For example, it can usually not be deleted properly. This is especially true for sealants from the cartridge, which are most commonly used. The thick materials from the silicone cartridges can often not be brushed into the joints or processed in any other way as desired. The consistency is also rather unsuitable for pouring molds. Often, therefore, the desire arises to dilute the silicone, for example to distribute it in narrow gaps or cracks that are difficult to access, and also to pour molds with very fine structures. Silicone is also difficult to use where foils or textiles are to be connected to one another. The sealant can be applied relatively thinly with a spatula. However, this procedure can only be used on relatively insensitive surfaces.

How to dilute silicone sealant

Water-based silicone sealants can be corrected with a little water when they are wet. This allows you to better apply poorly distributed silicone this way. If other types of silicone are involved, you must use a special thinner to make them more spreadable or fluid. You can get these thinners at hardware stores. Often, turpentine or white spirit can also be used to dilute silicone. All you need to dilute the material is the silicone sealant, thinner, and a vessel and wooden stick to stir. The best way to do this is to put the silicone in the jar first, then carefully add some thinner and proceed in this way until the sealant has the desired consistency. Then you can apply it with a brush or pour it into the respective shape. Please note, however, that the silicone needs a much longer time to dry due to the dilution. While conventional silicone has already formed a dry layer after a quarter of an hour or a little more, the waiting time can be multiplied with diluted silicone. The actual duration will of course depend on the amount of diluent added.

Mark Heise
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