I just finished most of the basic stripping on the tank and am taking a break because its over 90 deg. in my garage! My plan is that once all the visible silicone is gone i am going to go over it with nail polish remover to make sure that everything is off and i have a pristine surface to work with. I did not anticipate using that much silicone! Looks like another run to the box store. I have GE #1 clear that I will be using . It will most likely sit for 2 weeks or so before I do any type of leak test. Nice to hear from people who have done the same and had no issues!!