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Applying RTV Gasket Maker #5246197 10/21/19 03:00 PM
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Is there anything wrong with spreading it on evenly with your finger? As opposed to trying to lay down a uniform diameter bead like a robot does? I call that "buttering" on the RTV and it's way easier for me.

Re: Applying RTV Gasket Maker [Re: perfect_oil] #5246202 10/21/19 03:08 PM
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Whatever works for you. Want to be sure the FIPG material doesn't migrate beyond the gasket surfaces where it could get into the lubricant. Toyota calls for 1/8" bea, which doesn't seem like a lot but it works. My 04 Camry doesn't leak oil or even ooze oil.

Re: Applying RTV Gasket Maker [Re: perfect_oil] #5246203 10/21/19 03:10 PM
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No clue, I use gasket s and goop. Gobs of RTV roaming around the engine, etc is a potential problem. Make like the robot is my advice grin2


'16 Camry LE STP synth 0w20 and STP filter. the Fridge

1994 Ranger ,the Rat, 5w30 dino, STP filter

'16 Camry SE, Valvoline HM 0w20 and OEM filter
Thick oil is better grin2
Re: Applying RTV Gasket Maker [Re: perfect_oil] #5246209 10/21/19 03:15 PM
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I would definitely follow the manufacturer's instructions for that including the elapsed time prior to assembly. Most say a single bead encircling the bolt holes, some go around the inside instead.


1994 BMW 530i, 250K
1996 Honda Accord, 280K
1999 Toyota Sienna, 425K
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Re: Applying RTV Gasket Maker [Re: perfect_oil] #5246234 10/21/19 03:47 PM
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It is critical to use a bead of the correct size and to apply it where specified. Joining the two surfaces together will squeeze out an even layer. Applying it with your finger may result in a low spot which will cause a leak.


2011 Toyota Prius 1.8L - 199K - Pennzoil Platinum 0W-20
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Re: Applying RTV Gasket Maker [Re: perfect_oil] #5246262 10/21/19 04:16 PM
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Depends on application. But for something's I have spread with my fingers. Have done it for years and years without any issues.

Re: Applying RTV Gasket Maker [Re: perfect_oil] #5246284 10/21/19 04:51 PM
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I prefer a bead out of the nozzle. For some things, like the half-moon seals on Japanese engines or the valley seals on GM engines, I smear the end of the bead with my finger.

The less skin cells in the RTV, the better.

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