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    Default Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    I have been putting this off for some time now as I envisaged a bit of a mission to get the solar panel off the fibre glass caravan roof. I was wrong it is not a bit of a mission it is "one helleva mission!" I have been sukkeling all morning!

    It seems they have stuck it on with silicone sealer. Even the little black box on the back of the panel seems glued on. I know with windscreens they use piano wire but I would need like 1.5m of piano wire.
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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    I also need to know how to remove silicone from a face brick wall.
    You think battery water will help
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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    Try fishing line, usually works well with silicone.
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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    Turpentine is the best solvent for silicone sealer

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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    Ha ha Damdan. No that is just a squirt bottle I used with soapy water. It helps lubricate .

    Thanks Paul will try fishing line - at least that is some fishing stuff going to good use!

    I was so moedeloos I came and made myself a cup of tea - well it certainly helps the pommies!

    Damdan Victor Rienz sell a silicone remover. Well they call it a "remover" but it will at least soften your stuff. Maybe I will give some a go if I do not win with the fishing line.

    Thanks Nicklemaitre that I did not know!
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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneaky Pete View Post
    I have been putting this off for some time now as I envisaged a bit of a mission to get the solar panel off the fibre glass caravan roof. I was wrong it is not a bit of a mission it is "one helleva mission!" I have been sukkeling all morning!

    It seems they have stuck it on with silicone sealer. Even the little black box on the back of the panel seems glued on. I know with windscreens they use piano wire but I would need like 1.5m of piano wire.
    Try using the wire on the short side.

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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    I would not use manpower either, cause I am old and soft now

    Can you think of a way to attach the fishing line to a ratchet strap or two, use some mechanical advantage over manpower ?

    I redid two bathrooms recently, the fishing line worked a treat getting the old showers out. One of which was a panel on bath type, silicon for Africa on that one. I put a big bolt in my drill and wrapped the fishing wire around on slow speed for that one.
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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    Get yourself some braded fishing line. It's cheap and it works.

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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    If you don't come right with the fishing line give me a shout as I have thin (0.032") stainless steel locking wire that should work.
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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    Time for more tea. You guys will start calling me Blinky (Utube) just now!
    #$%&*) thing!
    I was a choir boy I will have you lot know! .

    Any way it seems that my efforts and maybe another with a sharp knife have caused a problem. The edge of the panel seems very sharp and even piano wire (found some in my fishing box!) only lasts a few strokes. MMMMMmmmmm. Maybe something heavier yes. Thin cable

    More tea. Phone wife to pick up Turpentine on the way home. Going to need some to try and get that little inaccessible black box in the middle at the top that they have glued as well, loose anyway.

    And I thought a quick and easy job!!!!!
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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    Put some paper cloth all around and soak with paraffin. It softens up the silicon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeVilliers View Post
    Get yourself some braded fishing line. It's cheap and it works.
    Braid is hellish expensive, the most expensive you can buy and you have to buy it per roll.
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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    I'm battling to understand all the "chemical" solutions.

    Easy on a strip or something, totally useless on something with like one square meter of silicon between a panel and a roof.

    How does the chemical penetrate half a meter.
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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    Braid is hellish expensive, the most expensive you can buy and you have to buy it per roll.
    I've bought per metre from my local shop.

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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    Find an engineering shop that welds with CO2 Stainless Wire. Ask for a piece of wire.
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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    Chaps I hit a snag. I am running out of tea!

    I thought to myself "I would feel like a real Rodney" (sorry Rodney!) "if this has bolts or screws holding it down". Which would make sense as to why the wire and fishing line just breaks.

    So pop the top, get the torch and look (again as I have looked many, many times before) and .... no screws. It is a double panel and only one light in a recess at the end. If there is a screw, it is hidden behind that light!

    Then I thought why not just phone Echo? After 5 minutes of piped music Martin tells me no they only use brackets on the outside and that they then did not fit it. Belonged to a church group - (and no Paul, not where I was a Choir boy!) and understood they had it built for the church by Echo.

    So I am take off the light in the roof and take a look, then I am going to get as much paraffin in the back of the solar panel as I can (you say it works as well as turps?) and try again tomorrow.
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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    And buy more tea!
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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneaky Pete View Post
    Well they call it a "remover" but it will at least soften your stuff.
    Hmmm, not sure if everyone wants their stuff softened!
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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    I'm following this thread with keen interest, not because I have a similar issue, but because I now have to know how all of this turns out.

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    Default Re: Removing a solar panel from caravan roof.

    We removed one by using an old bandsaw blade, one person on either side of the caravan. I placed thin aluminium angles under the solar panel edges to prevent it from getting damaged from the blade. Lots of brantea was used. Luckily it was not in a recess as you have here.

    The other option to try, is to wrap your fish line etc around the panel then try pulling it with one hand then the other in a sawing motion similar to how they cut granite, obviously avoiding the cables and black box.

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