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Dimethyl adipate, softens silicone caulk. Sometimes marketed as caulk remover. http://www.noblegov.com/media/catalog/product/msds/N399C37.pdf
If you're the kind of person who likes a specialized tool for every job, companies make "Caulk removal tools" (Google it!) that usually look something like this. Unnecessary for most people, but it is plastic instead of metal so if you're really worried about scratching something, it might be a good choice.
When I set the splashes on my granite tops, any ooze that occurred with the silicone, I wiped to the best of my ability. with paint thinner. The trick is to govern the amount you use so it lessens the mess. That said, with the ooze that did happen, since the paint thinner made everything so shiny, even with many, many repeated wipes with a moistened cloth, I ...
A utility knife works pretty well for me. If it truly is granite, it is difficult to damage with steel blades, except by repeated slashing. Of course you won't be able to remove every shred of the old caulk, but as long as there is significant clean and bare edge in the gap, it is good enough to hold a new application. A powerful shop vacuum mated to a ...
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