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Seal replacement questions;

EldeElde Posts: 148
Burned out my stock seals doing a cleaning burn and getting distracted...  So, I've got a couple of questions;

Most of the seal came off with some very gentle persuasion from a paint scraper, but some cottony bits remain - how do I get those off?

How clean does the surface need to be?  In some spots, it cleans easily all the way down to unglazed ceramic, in others there's a stubborn black glaze.

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,769
    If you heat it up, the old gasket comes off easier. 

    I used a sander the last time I scraped off an old gasket.  You want the old adhesive and gasket completely removed.  Then you want to remove from the gasket surfaces any trace of oil/grease/fat with some degreaser - isopropyl alcohol, acetone or mineral spirits work. 
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  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,479
    I've used this on all four of mine.  Works great!

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  • CajunEggHeadCajunEggHead Posts: 189
    Some good Info here good to know about the 3M sander

     
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  • EldeElde Posts: 148
    If you heat it up, the old gasket comes off easier. 

    I used a sander the last time I scraped off an old gasket.  You want the old adhesive and gasket completely removed.
    So, all the way down to bare ceramic?
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,769

    Elde said:
    If you heat it up, the old gasket comes off easier. 

    I used a sander the last time I scraped off an old gasket.  You want the old adhesive and gasket completely removed.
    So, all the way down to bare ceramic?
    I did.  I used one of those 3M pads on a die grinder with my large, then when I did my medium I couldn't find it so I just grabbed a sander.  Worked fine.  Just try not to remove too much ceramic - be gentle, you're just removing adhesive.  Also, take out any lump during this operation and clean it out before you fire it up again.  Burning gasket is no bueno. 
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  • EldeElde Posts: 148
     Also, take out any lump during this operation and clean it out before you fire it up again.  Burning gasket is no bueno. 
    It's currently completely taken apart, cleaned out, and resting between the ribs of my cutting/assembly table (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/48863)....  There's a pair spaced just right (by accident) to hold the base securely and at a good working height and angle.

    Thanks!
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