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what do you use to remove paper gaskets?

any special product out there for this task?

Removing my oil pump & sticking a new one on, I remain
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Re: what do you use to remove paper gaskets?

I usually just use a putty knife or blade of some kind. However, for some I've used "Gasket Remover". I think Permatex makes it.. its like acid in a spray can. Works great.
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Re: what do you use to remove paper gaskets?

DO NOT USE SPRAY GASKET REMOVER ON THE OIL PUMP!!! The chemicals in that spray will inevitably end up in the oiling system and eat the coating off of the engine bearins . Use a Roloc disk that is made for aluminum , or a dead flat sanding block . 3m has a great Roloc disk that is made to cut gasket material , and won't harm the aluminum on these engines . They look like a round hockey puck with rubber fingers on them . I use them now to clean almost all gasket surfaces , since they won't hardly cut any metal at all . Even the nastiest gasket comes right off , hard to believe they work that well .
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Re: what do you use to remove paper gaskets?

I scraped and sanded gaskets prior to finding the spray gasket remover many years ago. I prefer the spray... even on oil pumps if necessary. As with anything else like this, it is a good idea to stuff a rag in the oil passages while cleaning. The spray is like a gel and can be controlled. I like that it allows the gasket to be removed with a putty knife in the form a kind of sludge. I usually clean everything when I'm done w/ something like 2+2 gum cutter that leaves no residue. I don't like using any kind of abrasive that can end up in the engine. I've seen but never used the Roloc disk. It looks as though it would work well (especially on a part that is removed from the block that can be cleaned throughly before putting it back in) but it seems that it would shred the gasket into a dust that would stick to everything. (Maybe Sarge will clear this up a little as I have no experience w/ it.) Its only paper and probably wouldn't harm anything.. I think I get carried away with being clean sometimes.
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Re: what do you use to remove paper gaskets?

You can't get carried away with cleanliness on the inside of an engine. On something like that, I'd use the Roloc, then hose the area down with carb cleaner , remove the oil filter , and back blow the ports out with compressed air . This way , the passage is extremely clean . Some of the chemicals in those removers are unbelievable , and can ruin things pretty fast.
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