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LED strips are amazing when it comes to adding substantial, controllable light to any situation. Applications increase two-fold when a silicone "waterproofing" is added, allowing these little strips to withstand abrasion, splashes, and handing that would otherwise damage the copper and kapton-based strip.

The one downfall to this wonderful coating becomes apparent when high power LED strips are used for extended periods of time. Under heat, this silicone yellows and hardens until the once bright and white strips are yellow and brittle. LEDs soon die under the heat trapped in this crusty coating.

So what to do when this coating is no longer needed? Remove it!

*Warning: Do not perform this method in an oven you plan to make food with. Do not leave the LED strips in the oven unattended.

Step 1: Gather the strips!

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Cut the strips you wish to use to their final size. The larger the strip, the harder the coating is to remove.
 
selp2 years ago
Why removing waterproofing ?

Why removing waterproofing when there's non-waterproof ledstrips ??
brainiac27 (author)  selp2 years ago
Because I had already spent $20 on waterproof strips not realizing they self-destruct over time. Not having 4 weeks to kill waiting for shipping, this was the easiest answer.
ringai2 years ago
Thanks!