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Old 01-24-2005, 03:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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there's been some talk about this around here, does anyone have a step by step tutorial on this?
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Old 01-24-2005, 11:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yup...

http://www.dendroboard.com/phpBB2/vi...=frame+removal

http://www.dendroboard.com/phpBB2/vi...ht=10+gal+vert

I know there was actually a step by step tutorial someone did complete with pics, but I can't find it. I think they took a small saw and made cuts in various places on the rim and took it off in sections rather than trying to pry the entire frame off in one piece.
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I don't have a step by step but I can tell you what I did on an old 75 that I am finishing up on. Take a Dremmel with a reinforced cutting wheel and split the frame all the way around.

Take it slow and you can gauge the thickness of the frame. You're basically just melting the plastic and weakening the hold of the silicone. Now you have two sides and you can run a razor blade between the side of the frame to separate it from the glass.

The tank I'm working on had loads of silicone on it and even after scraping the excess with a razor there was still a residual silicone "stain" so to say.

There is a product called Poly-Gone 500 Silicone Stripper that I used to remove this residue. It's used in the aircraft maintenance industry to remove silicone from cockpit glass, fuel lines and other parts. It actually breaks the silicone's bonding ability apart at the molecular level as I understand it. After its done its thing you just wipe the silicone off with a rag. It beats a razor blade by a mile.
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seems hard for a 10 g.
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Because the glass is a LOT thinner.
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I gave it a try on a 5.5 gallon but ended up cracking the tank. I had 3 sides off using a razor and a dremel. I thought the whole thing was loose.. but one spot on the 4th side was still stuck and that ended up cracking the tank... wasted $10 bucks... but might buy another one and try again. Using a dremel on the top plastic was somewhat hard. The plastic just melts and you have to pick it out before it cools down. If you drill too deep it also nicks up the glass.
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Success! I'll post the details soon
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Old 09-08-2007, 08:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Just to note here - the ugly plastic trim that we see on most tanks made here in the US does not serve any reinforsement purpose. It does not help the structural integrity at all. It is used because of 2 reasons:

- When assembling the tank it serves as a guide where to place the glass and holds it in place.
- Helps prevent bumps of bare glass edges during transportation.

I've heard that some tanks have bad edges under the trim. Basically it's a very sharp glass edge, unpolished and dangerous, or just ugly. Is that so?

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For one of the club meetings I took off the rim of a tank, and we made a presentation. Go here and download the "how to remove rim..." pdf
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For one of the club meetings I took off the rim of a tank, and we made a presentation. Go here and download the "how to remove rim..." pdf
Thanks, that's good info.

Doesn't anyone know if you can remove the rim and center support on a 46g bowfront without sacrificing any structural integrity?
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