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Old 08-16-2005, 07:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's your trick for removing gasket material??

What's your trick for removing gasket material on aluminum surfaces like the head and intake manifold??

That gasket material is pretty stubborn stuff... Thanks to all who take the time to reply..

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Old 08-16-2005, 07:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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puddy knife- the plastic ones. they also make gasket remover at usual parts houses
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Right angle die grinder with gasket removal disc (looks like Scotchbrite on a disc). Works like a charm!

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Old 08-16-2005, 07:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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sharp putty knife( round over the corners)
expertly handled so as not to gouge the Al surfaces
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throttle body cleaner to soften it up before scraping. Working w/ a shopvacuum handy helps to get the strays that might go where they shouldn't.

DOn't forget the rags over the pistons .
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Old 08-16-2005, 07:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Right angle die grinder with gasket removal disc (looks like Scotchbrite on a disc). Works like a charm!

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Yep...these little babies right here.

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Old 08-16-2005, 07:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yep...these little babies right here.


I use those all the time. Work great.

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believe it or not, sometimes when the gasket is hard and kinda GLUED on to a block, a SMALL ball peen hammer can do wonders. just a few light taps and it starts to lift off.

on steel surfaces, you can use an air powered gasket chipper, I LOVE EM. can be used on alu., but carefully.
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I personaly wouldn't be beating or taping on a gasket mating surface with a hammer but that's just me.
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brake clean and a razor knife..
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Right angle die grinder with gasket removal disc (looks like Scotchbrite on a disc). Works like a charm!

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When I first started using those I had a recurring job that took about an hour just to do the gasket removal. After I started using the right angle grinder and the discs the time went down to less than 10 min. Part of the job involved an aluminum housing. Those things are a must have part of my tool box now and I've been using them for something like 15 to 17 yrs.

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Old 08-17-2005, 03:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I personaly wouldn't be beating or taping on a gasket mating surface with a hammer but that's just me.
i concur. be careful with abrasives as well.

try this one: aerosol oven cleaner.
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Old 08-17-2005, 03:24 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Use the die grinder pads with caution, too much pressure will cause uneven surface-especially on the head-as aluminuim is very soft and can cause block separation.
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Old 08-18-2005, 08:38 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Yep...these little babies right here.

Where can you get those?
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brake clean and a razor knife..
That's a good one for polished hard black remnants. Also try carb cleaner. It soaks in, softens, and makes the paper puff up. After I get all I can get w/o taking aluminum too, I try the carb cleaner on the rest. Sometimes I also use a stiff wire brush to rough things up. At the git-go I also use a dull paring knife for most, then a razor blade of some sort for hard stuff. It is easy to mess up the aluminum with razor blade. Not THAT easy, but be aware. For large pieces of hard gasket I sometimes rough it up with judicious use of a hacksaw blade. Think I have used a torch in some cases too. Think I have used a carpenter's plane a few times in special cases.
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Where can you get those?
Most any auto parts store carries them now. I get mine from Advanced Auto Parts here in VA.

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i concur. be careful with abrasives as well.

try this one: aerosol oven cleaner.

you both need to stop and think about that one.. i'm not talkin using a 2 lbs hammer, i mean like 16 oz ball peen or smaller. it works very nicely, and oven cleaner, brake clean, gasket remmover etc.. is fine if you can get at it, but often times i am on a creeper doing this driectly above my head on a pan gasket (cat) and gettin that oven cleaner in your eyes really hurts. and if it has an isloation cover, it usually hangs too far down to use discs, just too damn close. also, *oem* states that you should use blue discs *fine* on alum. otherwise be careful! the coarse ones put waves in alum very quickly and will cause leaks.
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i have used a wire wheel and a drill b4, works good.
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Old 08-19-2005, 05:53 PM   #18 (permalink)
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i have used a wire wheel and a drill b4.
Gotta' be cautious with this route...don't do intake gaskets, or anything internal this way...Iv'e taken more than one seized engine apart...checked the oil pump, and it was locked up from those little wires that had came off one of those wheels.
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