Yesterday I took a look around the Bonnie to check the damage winter'* caused so far. I noticed things looked pretty wet in the engine bay. I've been smelling oil burning for a while... Looked a little closer and it'* definitely time to get those valve cover gaskets changed.
I've never done this before, and I understand it should be pretty easy. Just need the gaskets and grommets, some time and some patience. I figure while they're off I'll paint them too. That being said, I have a couple of questions before I start...
1. While I'm painting the covers, do I need to cover the open area to keep dirt out or will it be fine just sitting for a couple hours?
2. What should I use to clean up the gasket surfaces, and will it hurt anything if a little of said cleaner runs down into the heads?
In other words, how careful do I have to be?