Hey everyone. I'm about to drop the pans on one of my engines, and I just wanted to get some different ideas on how to clean up the mating surfaces.
I've done this on my own before but I'm thinking there has to be a better or less toxic way then what I did.
The first time I attempted this I used a plastic paint scraper from homedepot and some Permatex gasket remover.
What I did not like about my way of doing it. The plastic scraper loses its sharp edge pretty quickly since the aluminum is harder than the plastic. I also didn't like the gasket remover because that stuff is pretty nasty. It stings bad if you get it on your skin and I'm sure the fumes can't be good for human beings. I made the mistake of spraying it on my lower oil pan and it made the paint bubble almost instantly. Luckily I had a spare pan available.
What methods have you guys used to clean the mating surfaces of the oil pans and block? I'm hoping to try something more effective and less toxic this time around.