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Can you post a photo? I'm curious about what you're describing and a visual would be helpful.
When you're rebedding, you need to remove all of the old sealant and, I'm sure, the "gauze" as well. You need a clean curface so the new sealant bonds well and forms a water tight barrier. Any contamination will compromise that.
As for the "gauze," I can't think of any possible benefit. Sealant does not need to be held in place. In fact, you want some sqeeze-out to create something of a gasket around the whole piece of hardware.
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