Alrighty folks, another noob question for the masses
My 81 at some point had a bad leak from the thermostat housing and it was corroded pretty bad. I took the thermostat house off, cleaned it off real good and painted it with a cast iron refurbishing paint. Checked the house and all looked good afterwards.
Anyways, I installed the thermostat house with a new gasket this evening and tightened the bolts "a fair bit"(no torque wrench used.) Everything looked fine until the car heated up and I noticed a tiny bit of coolant coming out between the gasket and house.
What's really strange though is that I saw coolant beaded up on the house itself...note that this was after a short drive so it might have gotten there because of vibration - I would find if very strange if it bled through the house itself.
So, to the question - is there any danger involved in further tightening the bolts (how much load should I put on them?) Also, do you guys recommend using a sealant in addition to the gasket?
tl;dr: Small leak from newly installed thermostat house. How much torque should be applied to bolts? Should sealant be used?
Picture of the leak here (caked coolant is from old leak, still not cleaned up properly):
Cheers and thanks!