Cleaning Fel-Pro VC gaskets?

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  1. ChevyReb

    ChevyReb Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Anyone have tips for cleaning oil off of the reusable fel-pro rubber valve cover gaskets to get them ready to go back on?

    They have the groves in them where the oil collects. I'm initially thinking brake cleaner and cotton balls?

    Also need to clean the heads too. Lmk what you guys do for this.
     
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    I use lacquer thinner on a rag for cleaning oily head surfaces.
     
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    Not familiar with the gasket, however, rubber sometimes doesn't like solvents, I use warm water and dawn dish liquid to clean rubber parts
     
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    Yes warm water and dawn is best. A quick wipe with 70% rubbing alcohol is about all you want to use or they will expand. Also spray tack the vc channel, put the gasket in and let it set. Don't use any tack on the block or gasket surface. I routinely take them off and reuse on my 96 LT1.
     
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    All good suggestions. I just did mine too. Warm soap and water, dry, wipe with rubbing alcohol. Mine have no grooves for them to sit in, so clean is very important.
    They are more of a silicone material, and I haven't had much luck using any gasket tacky stuff on them. That stuff works great for cork though. Clean and dry with proper torque works perfectly.
     
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    Thanks guys, I'll post a pic of the ones I have later.
     
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    Here is a pic of gasket. I was wanting to clean it in the car bmbecause of the red sealer by the studs as the AFR heads have slots cut in them, idk why!? 20201010_105505.jpg
     
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    Just clean them with brake clean, it won't hurt it... that's the same gasket I used for my BBC.
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    That big block is a work of art.

    I've been using old school cork gaskets, reuse several times on the machined surface heads and aluminum covers, no seepage at all. No sealer, that sure creates a mess to clean off.
     
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    Same gasket that I use on my engine and all the race engines, the best.
     
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