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Trust me, unless you used some ignorant glue rather than sealant, the knives will get 90 % of it off faster than you could imagine..
Not the worlds best gasket remover, but when all else fails ... 3M paint stripping pads. Ultra heavy duty version of a Scotch-Bite pad. Cut with a pair of household scissors to the size needed. Works on most gaskets - stubborn ones will take a little longer. Doesn't create gouges or damage aluminum and leaves a dull finish. Around $2.00 for a two pack at Wal-Mart or home depot.
A little carb cleaner left to soak for about 30 minutes will lift red gasket sealer.
Quote from: tortelvis on January 24, 2008, 03:59:28 PMA little carb cleaner left to soak for about 30 minutes will lift red gasket sealer.Carb cleaner is almost as good for you as Acetone. Just a little sip and you're sure to believe the gasket is all gone, or at least you won't care anymore.Seriously, whatever you can use without overly abraiding the metal surface is great. One thing I found that I think helps after gasket removal is Mother's Mag polish. It gives a very smooth surface to the mating surface, but doesn't appear to diminish sealer properties if gasket sealer is used.
Razor blade works wonders especially on those Ford water pumps. Done several at work this way. I have a plastic razor blade holder that is maybe about two inches long and it holds the blade nicely. I can lay it real flat to the surface and it works great. Sometimes I take the razor blade and just push and walk it from side to side. Car motors that I rebuild I use the heaviest type of putty knife typed scraper that is about 3 inches wide. This way I can use the weight to get a little more momentum going.
I found I was causing a lot of scratches using the tool pictured above, top of page.