It has been a while, but, as I recall, I could still smell acetic acid. Of course, I may just remember smelling vinegar with other times I used silicone. This silicone was very thick and I thinned it with mineral spirits, as usual. I when it "dried," sort of, I ended up with the thick, gooey mess that you have described.

I live up in that snow belt that was just dumped on again with some more coming over the weekend (a few days, maybe 2). I may have to live with the mess until summer when I can take the item outside an work on it.

Thanks, Gang, for the input.