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    Default How do you clean your bearings?

    What method do you use? I mean i clean mine like this: 1. Pop the shields 2. Put them in a container full of wd-40 for 2 hours 3. take them out use compressed air to dry wipe the wd-40 off 4. lube them with speed cream 5. put the shields back on. I just finished doing this and it works well for me but I want to know how you guys clean yours?
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    Never did it but planning on doing it that way. Every youtube video does it that way.
    Strap on your gee-tar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christophsal View Post
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    bones bearing cleaner with industrial degreaser, air dry, speed cream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by christophsal View Post
    1. Take shields off.
    2. Put them in a cleaning kit half full of any orange oil based cleaner, all of them are non-toxic.
    3. Shake, wait, shake, wait.
    4. Pat them.
    5. Rinse them under water.
    6. Quickly blow-dry them.
    7. Lube them.
    8. Put shields back on.
    Water?!

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    Nah man, keep water well away from bearings at all times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyFavouriteDeckSkater View Post
    What method do you use? I mean i clean mine like this: 1. Pop the shields 2. Put them in a container full of wd-40 for 2 hours 3. take them out use compressed air to dry wipe the wd-40 off 4. lube them with speed cream 5. put the shields back on. I just finished doing this and it works well for me but I want to know how you guys clean yours?
    Have fun fucking up your bearings. I recommend 99% pure alcohol, the way it should be done.

    Quote Originally Posted by Christophsal View Post
    1. Take shields off.
    2. Put them in a cleaning kit half full of any orange oil based cleaner, all of them are non-toxic.
    3. Shake, wait, shake, wait.
    4. Pat them.
    5. Rinse them under water.
    6. Quickly blow-dry them.
    7. Lube them.
    8. Put shields back on.
    You got that from Skateboardtech didn't you? As long as you have proper ventilation I wouldn't stress that it's absolutely required to use the non-toxic cleaner, and although I know that if you rinse your bearings in water and dry them immediately there is no damage, it is truly a petty step.


    Personally I've been lazy on buying bearings and I've been cleaning them using these steps:

    1. Take out bearings, pop out the shields.
    2. Put bearings in a tight container along with a sufficient amount of 99% pure alcohol.
    3. Shake that motherfucker for half a minute.
    4. Take bearings out and dry with a microfiber cloth if available.
    5. Lube with speed cream.
    6. Assemble bearings back into place and ride!

    I can assume I'm not doing anything wrong if I have fully working 2+ year old bearings. Now and then I'll have the odd bearing retainer break on me so I just replace the retainer with a retainer from an old bearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christophsal View Post
    Yeah.. I did get it from there. And, is 99% pure alcohol expensive?
    On the long run it'll pay for itself. The bottle I've been using lasted me for a year.

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    Use enough that the alcohol submerges all the bearings.

    You can get it at Wal-Mart or even some pharmacies.

    I tend not to reuse it as the used alcohol contains the dirt from other times I cleaned my bearings. You could reuse it without problems if you have a method of filtering the alcohol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivica View Post
    Nah man, keep water well away from bearings at all times!
    water doesn't do anything unless you leave them out to dry and let them rust
    If your buyin anything from brickharbor or karmaloop please use USA25 as the rep code for 20% off!!

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    And according to his post count he likes Satan. Gay for Satan!


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    You're pushing it Christophsal, that's not even funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommyboy View Post
    Have fun fucking up your bearings. I recommend 99% pure alcohol, the way it should be done.


    Ive had fun "fucking" up my bearings, cause they work really good that way, as long as you get all the wd-40 off
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christophsal View Post
    Bearings aren't even expensive. I just buy new ones.
    in canada reds are $25 bucks... not expensive my ass
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    America is so damn cheap... Reds are usually about 16-18 in the UK, that's about $25-28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christophsal View Post
    Regular abec 5 bearings cost like $10 max
    Are you on crack? That's the base price for abec 3s!

    Even if Super Reds were $5, it would still be worth it to use some sort of cleaning method.
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    I clean mine the same way TommyBoy does and all my bearings are 100% even my Autobahn bearings are still as slow as when I first bought them lol! Hopefully my Shake Junt bearings will break soon and I can get some Andale swiss bearings.

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    Gatorade bottle and alcohol. Then once the dust and all that jazz is out of it, I let em soak in some oil for a little then pop em back into the wheels.


    You may call it addiction, I call it commitment

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    I just buy new ones. Mini Logos are only 9 bucks a set here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest_Mike View Post
    I just buy new ones. Mini Logos are only 9 bucks a set here.
    Same here, cheap bearings don't cost much. If I did what you do instead of cleaning it, I would've spent probably upwards of $70 by now. Instead I simply bought a bottle of pure alcohol and speed cream for about 8 bucks and that's it. At this point I think I might need to invest in new bearings. Definitely not going for $9 bearings though, I'll buy a set of Reds and make them last me another 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommyboy View Post
    You could reuse it without problems if you have a method of filtering the alcohol.
    I bet a coffee filter could work, a micron filter would be ideal though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommyboy View Post
    Same here, cheap bearings don't cost much. If I did what you do instead of cleaning it, I would've spent probably upwards of $70 by now. Instead I simply bought a bottle of pure alcohol and speed cream for about 8 bucks and that's it. At this point I think I might need to invest in new bearings. Definitely not going for $9 bearings though, I'll buy a set of Reds and make them last me another 2 years.
    I really don't go through bearings all that often. I'm on a set of Mini Logo bearings that I've been skating for well over a year. I used to skate Bones Reds, but Mini Logo bearings are just as good. They're made in the same factory out of the same materials as Bones bearings. They just don't have the "Bones" nameI figure if they're really dirty and beat up, why not buy another set since the damage has been done. Bearings won't perform the same after the factory oil has been removed anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest_Mike View Post
    I really don't go through bearings all that often. I'm on a set of Mini Logo bearings that I've been skating for well over a year. I used to skate Bones Reds, but Mini Logo bearings are just as good. They're made in the same factory out of the same materials as Bones bearings. They just don't have the "Bones" nameI figure if they're really dirty and beat up, why not buy another set since the damage has been done. Bearings won't perform the same after the factory oil has been removed anyway.
    Maybe that's what you think, try cleaning it once and see that your hypothesis is false. The speed cream I use is the stuff they use at the factory just so you know.

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    I'm not gonna make this an argument. After you clean and relube a spent bearing. You have a spent bearing that spins freely...but it's still a spent bearing. I would just rather fork out the extra $$ on clean fresh new bearings. Shit like bearings and bushings are made to wear out and be replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest_Mike View Post
    I'm not gonna make this an argument. After you clean and relube a spent bearing. You have a spent bearing that spins freely...but it's still a spent bearing. I would just rather fork out the extra $$ on clean fresh new bearings. Shit like bearings and bushings are made to wear out and be replaced.
    Me personally I like to clean my bearings because Im 14 and always broke and i like being able to controll how much lube you put in them.
    Edit: Thats just my opinion tho
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