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Old March 14th, 2006, 09:53 AM   #1
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Default Removing RTV

OK, only slightly gayer than the "how to remove stickers" question.

I have struggled with this for years. I absolutely hate removing RTV from diff covers, t-case halves, etc. The only thing that works, and not well, is to hit it with brake cleaner and start scraping with a paint scraper. However, this takes FOREVER to get it all off.

Is there a better way to build a mousetrap?
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wirewheel and an angle grinder, then clean the inside of the diff with brake cleaner
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wirewheel and an angle grinder, then clean the inside of the diff with brake cleaner
thats the best way i've found..... f'in RTV is an evil necessity
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90*/right angle/angle die grinder using 3M bristle discs
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I leave it and put more on top of it.
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at the dealer I had a bench grinder on a pedistal and it had a 8" wire wheel. it was the shit for taking off rtv, it didn't care how thick or thin. as for the axles and engine blocks I use scotch brite pads that go in a die grinder, check a real parts store for them.
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as for the axles and engine blocks I use scotch brite pads that go in a die grinder, check a real parts store for them.
Maybe it's a preference thing, but if you haven't tried the bristle discs give 'em a whirl. They last a LOT longer than the scotch brite discs and don't get gunked up when things get messy. The entire disc is made from the abrasive so you can take 'em down to the mandrel. For ~$15 you can get a 2" 6-disc kit with three different grits.
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