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Old Gasket Removal

I have been working on my bikes for about 30 years and i have never found a really good way of removing old gasket from the surfaces of the covers engines etc. I always have just scraped away with a scalpel. I have heard of something called 'Chisel' I think (many years ago) but never tried it.

Well now I have a few to do and decided to ask if anyone knows - What is the best way?

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I have been working on my bikes for about 30 years and i have never found a really good way of removing old gasket from the surfaces of the covers engines etc. I always have just scraped away with a scalpel. I have heard of something called 'Chisel' I think (many years ago) but never tried it.

Well now I have a few to do and decided to ask if anyone knows - What is the best way?

Cheers
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I'm the same, tried various methods but always end up doing it with elbow grease for the best results :-)

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Re: Old Gasket Removal

Depending on the surface, I've used a soft, low rpm wire-wheel mounted in a cut-off tool, or air grinder. If you have compressed air that is. Gotta be careful choosing the wire-wheel, some contain wire bristles that may be harder than the surface you're cleaning. For example, a stainless steel wire-wheel on anything aluminum = disaster. You also need to pay attention to the "rated" speed of the wire-wheel. If it's rated for 4500rpm max, and you put it in your 10,000rpm air grinder with no pressure regulator, then little wire staples will spin off and imbed in just about anything. You have to be really careful with this process, but it sure is fast. I mean really fast.
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a stanley blade on a window paint scraper is the job
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a stanley blade on a window paint scraper is the job
I know the things, yes. I'll try that combined with soaking the old gaskets in WD40.
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at my local auto parts store they have some stuff that is called gasket remover! and one of my friends told me that it can bubble off powder coat. so if i can get the name ill let u know!
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at my local auto parts store they have some stuff that is called gasket remover! and one of my friends told me that it can bubble off powder coat. so if i can get the name ill let u know!

Definately interested.
I'm up to my armpits in an engine build as usual :-)
Got a few days to clean everything up still before it's going back together.

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Definately interested.
I'm up to my armpits in an engine build as usual :-)
Got a few days to clean everything up still before it's going back together.
Here is a website and it shows the picture of the material.
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Here is a website and it shows the picture of the material.
Removing Powder Coating Quickly and Cheaply -- Chopper Surplus

Thanks for that.
Interestingly, I found _exactly_ the same article on an Aussie Harley dealer's site.
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It seems widely available so I'll chase some up tomorrow and see if it works.

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Thanks for that.
Interestingly, I found _exactly_ the same article on an Aussie Harley dealer's site.
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It seems widely available so I'll chase some up tomorrow and see if it works.
I really was intrested because my buddys front calipers where polished! and you know that gold is just not for everyone.
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