I have been using permatex aviation gasket maker to coat my gaskets lately and have gotten excellent results. I have all but sworn off any kind of silicone product.
My dad was an auto mechanic and that's all he used for gaskets. Autozone didn't have it in stock the day I shopped for sealant, so I bought other Permatex. The brush bottle is less messy than using stuff out of tube and finger it on. I have over $40 invested in sealant/RTV, so I guess another $8 or $9 bucks won't destroy my already blown budget.
Gaskets always give me a flashback to the late 50's early 60's, my dad liked old cars and I was always in garage helping him keep them running. We were poor, so he had limited tools and limited funds to repair his old cars. He taught me how to make gaskets out of cereal boxes! I took a ball-peen hammer (he called it "the ball & thingy" hammer), and with the ball part, gently pound around the sharp edges part, and bolt holes, and cut out the gasket. Then I'd spread on some form-a-gasket with the little brush. I loved the smell of it.
Thanks for the input and tip!