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post #1 of 25 Old 08-06-2006, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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what cleans the head gasket surface the best?

i am putting my head on and was wondering if there are any great cleaners out there to clean my old compressed HG residue off of the block surface?
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post #2 of 25 Old 08-07-2006, 02:53 AM
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Elbow grease and a sharp scraper.
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ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. you can also buy some gasket removal spray. any auto parts store will carry this. it helps if elbow grease is something you don't have much of.
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Elbow grease and a sharp scraper.

Yeah, a nice sharp scraper will work great. Just be careful when scraping old gaskets off aluminum!
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die grinder & a small wire wheel ? then starting fluid, then rubbing alcohol

then pour oil in cylinders and crank engine by hand to scrape up gasket and other misc. residue, wipe off with rag

gasket removal spray is awesome for real baked on shtuff; burns when you get it on your hands
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wow, you guys love the hard way.

cookie wheel, for the win
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drill or dremel with a green scotchbrite pad.....works beautifully.
Clay showed me that one.
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Heh, I used a scraper and then Windex because it was the only alcohol based solvent I could find.
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Pete,

Windex is water & sudsging ammonia, with touch of coloring fluid.

Doesn't cut grease/oils very well.

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All manufacturers strongly advise against cookie wheels to clean aluminum heads. I was in my friends machine shop and he showed me a honda head some kid used one of them on an air die grinder, .020-.025 divits in the aluminum
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I don't use a scraper! There are special wheels available for cleaning gaskets off aluminum! They are available at NAPA and most other reputable auto parts houses. Cylinder heads have a special machined service to allow for movement. You don't want to put divots in the head.
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sharp razor, carb cleaner, green scotchbrite pad, tough paper towels/rags
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don't use cookie wheels is a "general public" warning. Even the plastic ones with the nubs will remove material from you head if you an asshole with them. Hell, anything you use that has any grit or metal like a scraper will remove metal. If you suck at workin on cars, use elbow greese. If you don't then use a regular cookie wheel. I have never had any problems with blending any of the machined RA from a head, and having a gasket fail.
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Opossum fat and lye. Yup!!! Oh, and a Scotch Brite pad.

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