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Gasket adhesive

Would like recommendation for a gasket material that is easy to remove and does not seal to the point where the gasket is destroyed. For example needing to remove valve covers more than once for solid lifter adjustments. Thanks for any recommendations.

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Glue the gasket to the valve cover with your favorite yucky pucky and grease the other side of the gasket.
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I second Tresi's post. I have a 1" spacer under my BBC valve covers and use RTV black on the under side of the spacer and on the valve cover (second) gasket. I sit them on a flat surface with weight on them overnight. Works great.
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Why not use a reuseable rubber type gasket?
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The rubber gaskets are okay, and can be re-used several times. So can the composition ("cork") if glued as described, and not left tight for extended periods (street). Beware of trying to remove them from the cover if you use weather strip adhesive. It works, but not recommended. A modern "ultra" RTV is prefered.

Many companies are offering "hard" valve cover gaskets today. They're a metal center with a neoprene ("rubber") coating and can be re-used MANY times. If you have cat aluminum or heavy steel covers, these would be the choice.

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Thank you for the useful responses.
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Would like recommendation for a gasket material that is easy to remove and does not seal to the point where the gasket is destroyed. For example needing to remove valve covers more than once for solid lifter adjustments. Thanks for any recommendations.
Hylomar Universal Blue is a non hardening sealant that may allow disassembly w/o gasket damage caused by the sealer bonding the gasket to the part. That's not to say the gasket will always be reusable; things like the amount of torque applied and length of time the parts are assembled and number of heat cycles can affect most any sealer. But for the most part, Hylomar fits in the "can disassemble" category. Much more so than RTV or traditional Permatex 1-3, for example.
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Hylomar is some cool stuff. Developed by Rolls Royce, its currently made by Valco out of Cincinnati OH. I prefer their stuff to loctite and permatex when possible.
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I recall the first time I used it (bought in haste, thought it was RTV), I thought it had gone bad- no "skinning" after waiting the usual time for RTV to skin. Read the de-structions, and used it as it was supposed to be used and worked fine. Was a fan thereafter.
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