Awesome! Kinda what i was thinking. I tried everything before prying and used that as a last resort. It gouged so easily too.Sorry I didn't reply to your last post. The flat mating surface isn't as important as the camshaft journal. So, flattening it out with sandpaper is fine. Putting a mark like that in the journal portion would be no bueno.
Looks good to me.
How about sealant for valve cover half moons? My manual is vague. Will black RTV be fine?