Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

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Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by Aquaftm45 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:12 pm

Title says it all. What is a good Aerosal Spray for cleaning both ceramic and SS bearings?

I will be putting the bearings on a Hedgehog bearing device and spraying the bejusus out of the bearing with a aerosal spray with a directional tip. Referencing Karil's (Sawamura) he utilizes a Japanes Parts and Brake Cleaner called WAKOS. I have no WAKOS, need a couple of alternatives.

I appriciate all of the many methods others utilize and the merits of them and have reviewed them Ad nauseam..

At this point I just need some safe and effective suggestions for an Aerosal Spray so I can do it as described.

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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by casterus » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:51 pm

I don't know it calls WACO but I'm using brake cleaner you can buy at any box store ( Home Depot, Menards, lowes etc)
or any auto parts store. It works very good. I've talked to a guy and he told me he is using Sonic Turbo Wash Bearing Cleaner. I did not try this one.
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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by casterus » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:54 pm

Oops.Sonic Turbo Wash Bearing Cleaner is not a spray. Sorry

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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by JBcrankaddict » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:59 pm

Brake parts cleaner or carburetor cleaner. I just buy the cheap stuff from Walmart and it works great, a lot faster than Acetone. I always dip in Acetone for a final cleaning of any residue. Wear gloves, a mask, and some goggles if you are gonna be spraying a bearing with it. Don’t want it on your skin or in your eyes.

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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by uljersey » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:25 pm

I got this idea off of this forum years ago, can't remember who posted it but it's greatness :big grin:

More than once it has brought bearings back from the dead, ones I had soaked, sprayed, sonic cleaned, etc. This borders on genius it's so simple but yet so effective.

Mandrel for a rotary tool (dremel). Mount the bearing on the mandrel. Install mandrel onto rotary tool. Small glass jar with solvent of your choice - acetone, brake cleaner, lighter fluid, whatever. Submerge bearing into jar until covered, turn on tool and give 'er a whirl. 10 - 15 seconds usually does the trick, maybe a little more if it's really cruddy. Take out of jar, give a quick whirl to fling excess solvent off, but don't run bearing dry at high speed for more than a few seconds. That's it. If that doesn't do the trick, time for another bearing. I gave my wife her ultrasonic jewelry cleaner back after learning about this.
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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by Aquaftm45 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:36 pm

uljersey wrote:I got this idea off of this forum years ago, can't remember who posted it but it's greatness :big grin:

More than once it has brought bearings back from the dead, ones I had soaked, sprayed, sonic cleaned, etc. This borders on genius it's so simple but yet so effective.

Mandrel for a rotary tool (dremel). Mount the bearing on the mandrel. Install mandrel onto rotary tool. Small glass jar with solvent of your choice - acetone, brake cleaner, lighter fluid, whatever. Submerge bearing into jar until covered, turn on tool and give 'er a whirl. 10 - 15 seconds usually does the trick, maybe a little more if it's really cruddy. Take out of jar, give a quick whirl to fling excess solvent off, but don't run bearing dry at high speed for more than a few seconds. That's it. If that doesn't do the trick, time for another bearing. I gave my wife her ultrasonic jewelry cleaner back after learning about this.
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What was the brand of Aerosol spray that you utilized? Are some Aerosol sprays better than others?

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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by QUAKEnSHAKE » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:40 pm

This is the brake spray I use(contains Acetone) with the red RPM Bearing Blaster. The bearing is sandwiched between 2 pieces of the Bearing Blaster and the spray tube goes into the blaster hole and spray, flip bearing and repeat.

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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by uljersey » Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:02 pm

Aquaftm45 wrote:
uljersey wrote:I got this idea off of this forum years ago, can't remember who posted it but it's greatness :big grin:

More than once it has brought bearings back from the dead, ones I had soaked, sprayed, sonic cleaned, etc. This borders on genius it's so simple but yet so effective.

Mandrel for a rotary tool (dremel). Mount the bearing on the mandrel. Install mandrel onto rotary tool. Small glass jar with solvent of your choice - acetone, brake cleaner, lighter fluid, whatever. Submerge bearing into jar until covered, turn on tool and give 'er a whirl. 10 - 15 seconds usually does the trick, maybe a little more if it's really cruddy. Take out of jar, give a quick whirl to fling excess solvent off, but don't run bearing dry at high speed for more than a few seconds. That's it. If that doesn't do the trick, time for another bearing. I gave my wife her ultrasonic jewelry cleaner back after learning about this.
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What was the brand of Aerosol spray that you utilized? Are some Aerosol sprays better than others?

Thanks,
No aerosols, I just use acetone out of a can to clean my bearings. It does a good job and evaporates quickly leaving no residue.
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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by Strewth » Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:46 pm

The Dremel option with the bearings spun in acetone is fast and highly efficient. I thank the original poster DougL58 every time I clean my bearings this way. Paslode electrical cleaner is a good alternative to acetone, but much more expensive. Note that acetone cannot be used with bearings that have plastic cages or seals - eg the ZPI Sic bearings

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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by brownhl » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:29 am

I place my bearings in a tiny wire basket, step outdoors and spray them with CRC Electric Cleaner through the red tube. Removes grease/oil really fast, dries real fast and leaves no residue. A couple of minutes in a lighter fluid bath, blow dry with a computer keyboard blower, a drop of Yellow Rocket Fuel (SS) and good to go. Handy to have on the boat also.

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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by ShimanoFan » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:48 am

uljersey wrote:
No aerosols, I just use acetone out of a can to clean my bearings. It does a good job and evaporates quickly leaving no residue.
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Strewth wrote: Note that acetone cannot be used with bearings that have plastic cages or seals - eg the ZPI Sic bearings
I completely agree.

Acetone is not a good choice for bearings unless every part of the bearing is metal. If there is a plastic bearing retainer inside, the acetone can damage or destroy it.

At the shop and at home I like to use plain old mineral spirits because it is a weak solvent and does not damage plastics. And it leaves behind a thin coat of oil.

I use a small jar and put the bearings in it for a soaking and then use air to blow out the dissolved grease and dirt inside. Sometimes a second or third soaking will suffice. Always careful to blow them out afterwards.

An aerosol spray usually will not dissolve or remove all of the grease I want out of some of my bearings.
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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by ShimanoFan » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:50 am

uljersey wrote: Image
This is a clever idea, but not for cleaning. Too time consuming for me.

I use a setup like this one to break in bearings, not clean them.
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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by QUAKEnSHAKE » Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:51 pm

ShimanoFan wrote:
uljersey wrote:


Acetone is not a good choice for bearings unless every part of the bearing is metal. If there is a plastic bearing retainer inside, the acetone can damage or destroy it.

At the shop and at home I like to use plain old mineral spirits because it is a weak solvent and does not damage plastics. And it leaves behind a thin coat of oil.

I use a small jar and put the bearings in it for a soaking and then use air to blow out the dissolved grease and dirt inside. Sometimes a second or third soaking will suffice. Always careful to blow them out afterwards.

An aerosol spray usually will not dissolve or remove all of the grease I want out of some of my bearings.
Simple dont use cheap bearings with plastic in them buy quality ones this is TackleTour.. :big grin:

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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by ShimanoFan » Mon Dec 24, 2018 6:48 pm

QUAKEnSHAKE wrote:
Simple dont use cheap bearings with plastic in them buy quality ones this is TackleTour.. :big grin:
This is TT, but the truth is only about 1% of 1% actually change out bearings to better ones. So most people are still using whatever comes inside of whatever reel.

Even some full ceramic bearings come with a plastic bearing retainer. "Cheap" has nothing to do with it.

Like playing Russian roulette with acetone. Best to avoid any solvents that destroy plastics.
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Re: Aerosal Spray for Cleaning Bearings

Post by Aquaftm45 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:32 pm

I ended up getting and using this...100% safe on Plastic, Dries quickly with Zero Residue, it has a directional Flow nozzel.
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Put the bearing on a Hedgehog bearing device and sprayed away. I also used this to clean out some mounted worm gears. Took out spool so it would the line would not get contaminated, worked like a charm.

This might not be good for gunked up bearings, but cleaning new and slightly used ones it worked great. Night and day difference after cleaning, even the new ones.

I also bought some of the CRC Brake Cleaner, that I will save in case I run into some crusties.

Thanks for all of the advice.!

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