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Disc rotor/pad cleaning

matt581matt581 Posts: 219
edited July 2009 in Workshop
Hi Guys

Is it ok to use white spirit to clean hydraulic disc pads and rotors?

Thanks

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  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Yes - a Scotchbrite pad also helps - as long as you don't apply anything that will contaminate the pads
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • bobtraversbobtravers Posts: 115
    Best thing is brake cleaner, as used for cars and truck... Cheap and very good for removing grease on rotors and pads...
  • softladsoftlad Posts: 3,587
    I would be slightly wary of using white spirit, because it is oil-based. Either brake cleaner or something like cellulose thinners would do...
  • StelliteStellite Posts: 544
    Try electrical contact cleaner which degreases and evaporates leaving the discs dry and oil free.
  • bobtraversbobtravers Posts: 115
    Stellite wrote:
    Try electrical contact cleaner which degreases and evaporates leaving the discs dry and oil free.

    Electrical contact cleaner and brake cleaner is the same solvent for your info...
  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    How does the electrical contact cleaner remove stuff if it evaporates off.

    Presumably you need to really fluch the area with solvent.
  • softladsoftlad Posts: 3,587
    How does the electrical contact cleaner remove stuff if it evaporates off.

    it doesn't evapourate instantly.....it would be pretty useless if it did....
  • StelliteStellite Posts: 544
    The contact cleaner is a degreaser which evaporates after a minute or so. you can spray it onto a rag then wipe the rotor clean, or flush in a large amount if you want.

    Car brake cleaner will be much the same.
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