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    Somebody here has to have a trick for getting this chit off! I have heard use a sharp razor, but I don't want to gouge the metal. Also heard to use a 3m wheel on a die grinder, but on heads and cylinders they have to be perfectly fat within a few thousands tolerance and a wheel could remove metal too!!!

    Who has a good solution???
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    Permatex makes some squirt stuff in a can that bubbles n bubbles and helps to lift the gasket,I think You can gets the same stuff out of a can a paint

    stripper,OH Boy,here We go again,talkin bout strippin.
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    • #3
      I haittosay this..but I have used razor blades before...
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      • #4
        Originally posted by TheBoss View Post
        I haittosay this..but I have used razor blades before...
        That's what I started to do then I noticed a few scratches and quit
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        • #5
          Originally posted by MrMarty51 View Post
          Permatex makes some squirt stuff in a can that bubbles n bubbles and helps to lift the gasket,I think You can gets the same stuff out of a can a paint

          stripper,OH Boy,here We go again,talkin bout strippin.
          Thanks I'll have to check that out. Also thought about getting a carbon scraper cause they are softer than the metal.
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          • #6
            Do`nt use any kind of a grinding implement on them aluminum pieces,I use a single edged razor blade and very carefully get a start on the gasket and once I gets between the gasket and the part it seems to slice off a lot easier but being very carefull to not remove any of the metal.
            Sometimes a old kitchen utility knife without serrations works good,if I find a old utility knife at a rummage sale or a secont hand store I purchase them and leave em off in the parts washin bin.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by TheBoss View Post
              I haittosay this..but I have used razor blades before...
              Do`nt hate to say it,it was fun when I was usin razor blades fer cuttin,at least I thought the effects were but I do`nt need that no more.
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              • #8
                They got spray on that will at least loosin/soften it up if it aint a metal gasket. then take a plastic scraper to it.
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                • #9
                  if i remember thats what i used when i rebuilt the shovel

                  got a plastic putty knife and enhanced the edge

                  once you get it started it will/should peel pretty easy
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                  • #10
                    Laquer Thinner and a rag! Soak the rag and place on gasket material, let it soak in 15/20 minutes, add more thinner if needed, and scrape off with razor or paint sraper! In most cases the gasket will come right off!
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                    • #11
                      I was gonna say a regular metal putty knife or paint scraper
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                      • #12
                        Just remembered paint remover works also......but don't get it in the motor workings!!!
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                        • #13
                          I went out and bought some aircraft remover this morning. Let me tell you that is some nasty chit! Seems to be taking the gasket off though.
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                          • #14
                            I buy razor blades by the case(ten blades to pack--10 packs in a case...or at least NAPA calls it a case) Have found that a very sharp blade works great when followed up by a regular wire brush. Blades dont stay sharp long(maybe 5 minutes) and then I change them. Found it takes about 3 blades to do a head gasket(the way I do it). The sharper the blade, the more angle you can get. The duller....less angle resulting in more gouging on the mating surfaces.
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                            • #15
                              I've used WD 40 and a razor blade glass scraper. it takes time to get it perfect but it's worth it.
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