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Old 02-07-2011, 06:06 PM   #1
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How to remove old gaskets?

Hey does anyone have some good tips for removing old gaskets?

I am struggling to remove the old clutch cover gasket from my 2006 DR650. 2 hours of scraping with a razor blade and still only halfway there....
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:14 PM   #2
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I always used a dull chisel, I gouged the case less.
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:15 PM   #3
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:29 PM   #4
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I use paint stripper applied by acid brush. Be very careful as it's nasty,nasty stuff. Have some water close by and wear gloves, eye protection. Apply and let sit for 15-30 minutes and scrape with razor blade. Tough old gaskets may require 2 or 3 tries.
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:32 PM   #5
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I use paint stripper applied by acid brush. Be very careful as it's nasty,nasty stuff. Have some water close by and wear gloves, eye protection. Apply and let sit for 15-30 minutes and scrape with razor blade.
Cheers, How did you stop the paint stripper from removing the paint on the case cover? Or is it easiest just to do a quick repaint afterwards....
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:34 PM   #6
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:43 PM   #7
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Goo Gone it for two hours or so then scrape it with a putty knife.
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:10 PM   #8
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Wrenching for over 25 years. Bought one of these heads for my small air powered angle die grinder. Where was this thing for the last 25 years? Bought it off of the Matco truck for around $25, and it would be a bargain at $100. Eats right through gaskets and then buffs the surface spotless without eating into the aluminum.

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Old 02-07-2011, 07:18 PM   #9
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Wrenching for over 25 years. Bought one of these heads for my small air powered angle die grinder. Where was this thing for the last 25 years? Bought it off of the Matco truck for around $25, and it would be a bargain at $100. Eats right through gaskets and then buffs the surface spotless without eating into the aluminum.
That looks pretty useful! What is it made out of.... rubber?
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:44 PM   #10
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I bought Loctite spray on dedicated gasket remover that worked good on some pretty stubborn gaskets, sometimes I had to respray a few times but was pretty painless.
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:48 PM   #11
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That looks pretty useful! What is it made out of.... rubber?
That's a 3M Roloc Bristle Disc.

It's made of a rubberish plasticish stuff with embedded abrasives.

It is indeed the cat's ass for removing gaskets without damaging aluminum. The only way to fly.
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:52 PM   #12
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That looks pretty useful! What is it made out of.... rubber?
plastic with ceramic aluminum oxide, I prefer yellow for aluminum.
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:53 PM   #13
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and a putty knife
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:57 PM   #14
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plastic with ceramic aluminum oxide, I prefer yellow for aluminum.
I only have the green one. But it is the shiznit. Leaves gasket surfaces like new. I will never scrape again with a blade.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:10 PM   #15
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and a putty knife
oh that stuff works, and damned good too!

Just DO NOT let it get on anything you don't want paint falling off of.
Ever seen that crap Easy Off Oven Cleaner.....that is what it will do to paint.


I buy more of that stuff for stripping finishes off of parts than as a gasket remover
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