Disc brake cleaner?

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Disc brake cleaner?

Postby DanDax1990 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 22:49 pm

Can someone recommend some disc brake cleaning spray etc? Cheers.

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby Woodywmb » Thu Oct 11, 2012 23:26 pm

Meths. £2 a bottle. Don't let anyone kid you otherwise. 8 pence for a toothbrush in ASDA. Scrub the disc, inside the calipers then wipe dry. Job done. Bottle will last for years. Disc brakes will last forever.

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby smack148 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 23:36 pm

yeah, agree with this. don't need any fancy sh!t. Meths will do it

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby cooldad » Thu Oct 11, 2012 23:39 pm

Absolute rubbish. Just a bit of fresh water to remove any mud and grit. Meths contains additives which could contaminate pads and I wouldn't want it on the seals
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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby felix.london » Fri Oct 12, 2012 07:45 am

I have some Muc-off disc brake cleaner but only use it when working on the bike and there's a chance I've got oil on the brakes or rotors. Will last for years.

Other than that as CD says just wash down with a hose when I do the rest of the bike. Disc brakes are pretty much self-cleaning anyway
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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby The Rookie » Fri Oct 12, 2012 07:54 am

Meths doesn'y wholly evaporate but leaves behind an oily residue, so unless you clean that off with something like kitchen towel, you'll contaminate the pads with your "cleaner".....they probably won't squeak afterwards though......

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby zx6man » Fri Oct 12, 2012 08:03 am

I use muc-off cleaner too for quick blast if Im not washing bike down.

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby Greer_ » Fri Oct 12, 2012 09:21 am

What's wrong with IPA?

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:22 am

Greer_ wrote:What's wrong with IPA?

Nothing. Nothing is wrong with IPA. It's the best stuff to use.

Meths, is NOT the same as IPA, by the way.

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby lighty89 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:14 am

I use the Muc-Off Cleaner, this actually works - unlike their Bike Cleaner.
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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby BigJimmyB » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:42 am

Soap and water, then rinse.

IPA if contaminated with oil/lube

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby Greer_ » Fri Oct 12, 2012 13:55 pm

YeehaaMcgee wrote:
Greer_ wrote:What's wrong with IPA?

Nothing. Nothing is wrong with IPA. It's the best stuff to use.

Meths, is NOT the same as IPA, by the way.


Was wondering why no one had mentioned it! IPA - isopropyl alcohol - has a low boiling point so it evaporates off very quickly.

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby cooldad » Fri Oct 12, 2012 13:58 pm

Greer_ wrote:
YeehaaMcgee wrote:
Greer_ wrote:What's wrong with IPA?

Nothing. Nothing is wrong with IPA. It's the best stuff to use.

Meths, is NOT the same as IPA, by the way.


Was wondering why no one had mentioned it! IPA - isopropyl alcohol - has a low boiling point so it evaporates off very quickly.

But you still wouldn't use it as a regular cleaner. You don't need one for brakes.
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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby jeannot18 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 14:42 pm

BigJimmyB wrote:Soap and water, then rinse.

IPA if contaminated with oil/lube

What type of soap do you mean?
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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby Chunkers1980 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 15:00 pm

You know, soap, stuff that makes bubbles and cleans. Just rinse off with water to remove any salts

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Fri Oct 12, 2012 15:07 pm

Chunkers1980 wrote:You know, soap, stuff that makes bubbles and cleans. Just rinse off with water to remove any salts

Why in hell's name would you soap up your bike?

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby Plyphon » Fri Oct 12, 2012 15:08 pm

IPA if contaminated.

Otherwise a few fast stops normally does it....

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby Chunkers1980 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 15:23 pm

YeehaaMcgee wrote:
Chunkers1980 wrote:You know, soap, stuff that makes bubbles and cleans. Just rinse off with water to remove any salts

Why in hell's name would you soap up your bike?


To make it smell nice, of course.

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby BigJimmyB » Fri Oct 12, 2012 15:34 pm

YeehaaMcgee wrote:
Chunkers1980 wrote:You know, soap, stuff that makes bubbles and cleans. Just rinse off with water to remove any salts

Why in hell's name would you soap up your bike?


To be specific, washing up liquid.

The foam carries away dirt and grease. I always go OTT with rinsing due to salts as mentioned.

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Re: Disc brake cleaner?

Postby Sheppy » Fri Oct 12, 2012 15:47 pm

I use fairy. Just pull their wings off and scrub the disc clean with them, just watch out for their dust :lol:

Sorry couldn't resist... :oops:

I clean them by putting the brakes on when I go down a hill... Hmm, maybe that's why I keep getting through lots of pads...


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