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    cleaning rotors...

    just a quick qu, (have done a search btw, not thrown up what I was looking for really)...

    contaminated me rotor with mineral oil, what can I use (apart from rubbing alcohol) to clean it?

    thanx

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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpetfiesta
    just a quick qu, (have done a search btw, not thrown up what I was looking for really)...

    contaminated me rotor with mineral oil, what can I use (apart from rubbing alcohol) to clean it?

    thanx
    Dish soap, water, rag, clean it off real good, keep rinsing, repeat until uncontaminated. At that point I'd wipe it down with rubbing alcohol too just for good measure. Also you could remove the rotor and run it through the dishwasher.

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    Denatured alcohol works great. I've heard of people using dish soap. Be sure to rinse it down with clear water real well after you hit it up with soap.

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    Isopropyl Alcohol....

    Cheap and plentiful.

    Cheers,

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    Commercial car brake cleaner (usually tricloroethylene dry cleaning fluid).
    Last edited by jeffscott; 12-21-2006 at 03:09 PM.

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    Brake spray cleaners leave a residue...

    The temperatures that cars and motorcycle brakes create will burn off this residue. Bikes on the otherhand will not.

    Randy

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    methylated spirits

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy@Hayes
    The temperatures that cars and motorcycle brakes create will burn off this residue. Bikes on the otherhand will not.

    Randy

    Tricloroethylene has a boiling point of 85 C it will weather off the rotor nicely, the propellant is usually propane.

    Isopropyl alcohol has a boiling point of 81 C

    No other listed ingrediants.

    No residue.

    BTW I have used these and it does work, but normally I use rubbing alcohol from a drug store.

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    The health risks alone are enough to stay away from brake cleaners. Go with the rubbing alcohol. Pretty sure manufacturers recommend it as the only cleaner you should use.
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    Hope, for one, advise against using anything other than Isopropyl Alcohol for cleaning rotors, especially automotive brake cleaners. If you don't have any IP, the only reason you wouldn't use it to clean your rotor, a cloth with neat washing-up detergent will get mineral or DOT off of a rotor, using boiling water to rinse (thoroughly) will guarantee zero residue.
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    last finale step is ..................

    I live in an area, the southern sierras where vertical rules, that puts brakes to the test. Long 3-5000' drops are common here. I use laquer thinner first, if the rotor has been handed, then finish off that with windex that has been diluted down with distilled water. the windex leaves zero residue.

    keep the fluids clean , water WILL get into any hyd system. have fun happy trails, D.F.

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    Alcohol

    I use alcohol to clean my discs. It seems to get all the grime off.
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    Methylated Spirits (aka) Denatured Alcohol. I don't usually clean my rotors, but after a long hard ride or muddy ride, then usually i give em a good clean down.

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    cillit bang! bang, and the dirt is gone, after you rinsed with boiling water of course
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