I looked around many shops in my area, and pretty much no one even knew what gasket removing compound was.

Are there any effective homebrew formulas for making gasket remover / softener?

I found the MSDS for Permatex and for CRC Gasket Remover.

  • Did you try paint thinner?
    – Shobin P
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 12:38
  • No, but I've got naptha in the house which is pretty similar I guess, and it's a minor ingredient in one of the products I linked to. Guess I could give it a try. Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 13:15
  • Acetone would probably work pretty good. Get some finger nail polish remover and try that on for size. Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 23:36
  • I tried the Naptha and that didn't work at all Commented Sep 4, 2015 at 10:41
  • @RobertS.Barnes be good to accept or something this question so it is not perennially pushed by the community...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 7:17

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Seems it would depend on type of gasket, fiber, cork or paper. Old fashioned scraping with a gasket scraper or a razor blade for the big chunks. I use die grinder with pads for the rest. Wire wheels also but not too crazy about becoming a pin cushion.

  • I find Duck Oil with elbow grease works...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 21:25

Heat. I burn them off with a torch. Any carbon left behind crumbles easily. A propane torch works great, don't use acetylene.

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