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This is a discussion on Question for the Pros? within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I am getting ready to do some work on my motor tomorrow and have a question. What is a good ...

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    Red face Question for the Pros?

    I am getting ready to do some work on my motor tomorrow and have a question. What is a good pad to take off the head gasket material on the deck of the block. I have a air compressor and compressor tools but would like a pad that is safe for the aluminum (where to find it, and such) I know not to hold it in one area and to plug everything so I'm not that mechanicly (spell?) horrible. Just want something safe to use on aluminum.
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    I have searched and searched and came up with alot of info. Most I do not want to do. Here is what I have found that people have done.

    1: Wire wheel on grinder
    2: Razor blades
    3: Scotchbrite pads (Don't trust the little pieces that flake off)
    4: Ice scraper
    5: Spray down with some type of gasket remover/elbow grease

    I trust myself with a razor but accidents happen and don't want to risk it with my engine on the line. I have a vaccum and compressed air at hand. If no one responds I may just try some elbow grease but I wanted to hit it with a pad on a grinder THAT IS SAFE for quick and easy removal.

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    There is a attachment for a grinder it's a little green rubber disc made for aluminum heads I think 3m makes it

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    a little simple green on a rag and Ia razorblade will take everything off very quickly.....just don't slip with the blade and cut your fingers.....trust me simplegreen in a freash deep cut hurts like hell lol

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    I found the ice scraper to be completely useless fairly quickly in the process. It'll get the big chunks but that's about it. I used a razor blade mostly and taped the cylinders off and used a scotch brite pad even though you're not supposed too. I don't recommend either of my methods but they worked for me.

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    That is what I am talking about thanks for the photo

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    ^ Thanks bud, where do I get them from. Linky pleasy

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackSS01 View Post
    ^ Thanks bud, where do I get them from. Linky pleasy
    walmart autozone just about any hardware place has them

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    walmart autozone just about any hardware place has them
    Damn, didn't know that. Thanks

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    I looked everywhere for those pads around my dump state (local area) and did not find them so I went with 3M's grinding/polishing pads that screw into a air tool. I used the polishing (didn't fuck with the grinding obviously) and all the material came off decently easy. I believe I did a good job covering up the cylinders/lifter area. No pressure, decent speed of movement is what I did. One step down, many more to go

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    I just used a scuff pad on a air powered rotary tool...covered the lifter holes and the valley with rags.

    Here is the result after 10 minutes:




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