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Paul Coleman

Cleaning mating surface of the block

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What's the best way to get the glaze and crud off the top of the block? I obviously need a clean flat surface for the head gasket but I don't want to damage it in the process. So far I've been using a piece of softwood but some of the crud is a bit more stubborn than that!!

Thanks, Paul.

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I use a razor blade type scraper, but then I've done it that way for years, and know to be careful, not press too hard, not push in the wrong direction etc.

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+1 for Andy's method. Lay the lade as flat as you can for the most part, so it doesn't dig in.

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I use the end of an old steel ruler, with the ruler laid flat...

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