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    How do you guys clean the gasket off the bellhousing before you put the drive on. Its aluminum so you dont wanna gouge. You shouldn't use a 3m waffle pad. Even a sharp razor blade you could gouge it hhhmmm

  • #2
    usually just pull it off unless somebody glued it on, you can use a sharp knife carefully
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    • #3
      and if you nick the paint, you then touch up the paint
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Scott Danforth View Post
        and if you nick the paint, you then touch up the paint
        You talking about the paint on the face of the bellhousing where the gasket meets. If this is the case my whole face on mine needs redone. How would I touch that up

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        • #5
          a rattle can of zinc primer and a rattle can of black paint
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          • #6
            There was some slight corrosion on mine when I took it off, so I used 120 grit sandpaper and slightly sanded the trough to smooth it out a bit and remove any flaking/loose paint. After cleaning it up I shot it with zinc filler primer with several coats and sanded again. This filled any of the deeper pitting. Then after another quick coat of primer and black rattle can paint, it was good enough for the girls I go out with...
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            • #7
              if your painting the whole drive, the factory re-finishing process is in this thread https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...drive-painting
              Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

              1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

              Past Boats
              1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
              2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
              1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

              What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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              • #8
                When removing glued on or stuck gaskets, try warming them with a heat gun or even a propane torch, they'll scrape off easily.

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                • #9
                  How about a spray-on gasket dissolver?
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                  • #10
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                    I use a paint scraper and a scotchbrite pad. No need to go postal on the thing. Just scrape and rub gently until the residue is gone.
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