Tip & How-To about Motorcycles
Any mechanic will tell you; scraping away old gasket material from gasket surfaces ranges from tedious (at best) - to downright hazardous to both man and machine. The ever present risks are razor blade injury to hands - and similar damage to the gasket surface being scraped clean. Neither are pleasant.
There are a number commercially available gasket removal products - and they all work great, but they're not usually nearby when needed. What I have found to work equally well - and is usually only as far away as my kitchen: oven cleaner. The aerosol variety made by Easy Off is my personal favorite. First remove as much of the remaining gasket as possible by pulling on it or light scraping. Then spray the oven cleaner on, let it sit for about 15 minutes, and scrape away even the most stubborn, baked on gaskets, with ease.
Of course, you will want to observe all of the precautions on the product label. And be advised: oven cleaner will damage painted surfaces. Use of this product - along with a sharp-edged gasket scraper - will not only save you time and (possibly) physical pain, but will also lower the potential for inflicting damage to the gasket surface.
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