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Old 05-14-2007, 01:10 PM
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Default Head gasket goo removal?

I am trying to remove the baked on remains of a head gasket on a Toyota aluminum head. A buddy went over it gently with a Scotchbrite type pad, which cleaned much of it, but some goo remains.

Other than a methylene-chloride-type remover, with very gentle scraping, what else have people done? I don't want to keep grinding away with a Scotchbrite...

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Old 05-17-2007, 08:11 AM
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You could take it to the auto parts/machine shop place and have them skim off just a tad? Should check for flatness anyway... Dunno, just a thought.
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Old 05-17-2007, 08:27 AM
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Thanks. I've continued with acetone and paint stripper and brand new single edge razor blades and have gotten fairly close to 'clean'. This is a beater-car resto deal, and I'm trying to avoid socking huge amounts of money into it, else I'd take the head in for a light machining.

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3M Scotchbrite wheel. Best thing since sliced bread on cleaning head mating surfaces (and a BUNCH of other auto-related tasks).
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3M Scotchbrite wheel. Best thing since sliced bread on cleaning head mating surfaces (and a BUNCH of other auto-related tasks).

Wow, took the paint clean off that hood!
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Old 05-18-2007, 03:40 PM
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Wow, took the paint clean off that hood!
Heh. And faster and easier than just about anything else ;-)
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