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Wood or plastic scraper - pretty useless
Paraffin - useless
Razor blade - sometimes useful, but can scratch
Hammer - the old favourite, but doesn't work

Have people tried burning them off? I've got some stuck on an X 14XE inlet manifold, it's going nowhere.
 

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If it's stuck on the head.......It'll come of when you skim it :D
If it's on the block try thinners or white spirit and a flat thickish piece of aluminium with a slight angle filed on it to give it an edge
 

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sorry to be obvious, but get a gasket scraper!!! i have a halfords one for small bits, and a stanley one thats abotu 3''wide to do head gaskets with,designed for the job, and they work reallly well
 

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Try a piece of copper pipe with the end flattened into a scraper.

Theory is that the copper is softer than the alloy of the head, but harder than the old gasket.


I've used it before and never had any problems:D
 

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Always used razor blades, never had any problem with scratching - I guess it's all to do with the angle of the dangle? Oh and they're very good at slicing any bits of anatomy off that get in the way should you slip..........
 
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