Bialetti gasket removal woes
April 2, 2008 12:49 PM   Subscribe

Need help removing my beloved Bialetti's gasket that is stuck.

Triggered by a recent question to replace a gasket on a Bialetti Moka Express, I started to remove mine. Well, I guess after a few years of use and no replacement* I can't fully remove it. What's left after cutting, soaking in hot water, and soaking in HOT soapy water, are little pieces of gasket stuck to the sides that I've been slowly removing via needle-nose pliers. They appear to be glued to the metal sides.

Is there a better way to remove the gasket that doesn't involve hours of pulling off stuck pieces or using industrial-grade chemicals that I apply with latex gloves? This was a gift to me from Mrs. Writer before she was a Mrs., so I'd like to avoid a total replacement.

(* Shame on me...yes, I know.)
posted by fijiwriter to Food & Drink (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Steel wool, the thickest grade (try the hardware store). Sandblaster - seriously, if you have access to one. I don't remember any adhesive on mine, but over time the gasket did kind of melt/mush into place.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:12 PM on April 2, 2008

You might try dental tools and patience, or as a last resort, soaking the gasket in a mild, household-strength, relatively non-toxic latex solvent (toxicity relative to organic solvents).
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:25 PM on April 2, 2008

did you try--carefully-- cutting with an x-acto knife or similar razor sharp blade?

sandpaper? a file?
posted by subatomiczoo at 1:26 PM on April 2, 2008

Response by poster: At this point, what I can remove comes from me using needle-nose pliers after some scoring with a VERY sharp utility knife. Maybe the X-acto will be easier to wield.

But I welcome any other ideas, tools and techniques. This Bialetti has a lot of sentimental value.
posted by fijiwriter at 2:03 PM on April 2, 2008

Goo Gone?
posted by SuperSquirrel at 4:22 PM on April 2, 2008

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