Kerosene has all the properties to be a good bearing cleaner, has anyone ever used it? Share your results please.
It cleans them. Strong smell though.
I’ve hear of people using gasoline as well.
I just wouldn’t use either kerosine or gasoline to clean a bearing, but that’s just me.
Some people use Simple Green, some use no-residue electrical contact cleaner. There’s plenty of choices out there.
never used it, but it would work. I use kerosene to clean bikes. Simple green is also used (for cleaning bikes. I assume it works for bearings as well), but kerosene works a lot better, albeit a more dangerous chemical. Straight gasoline as studio said would also work.
My thoughts when reading this thread:
“Light 'em up up up, Light 'em up up up, Light 'em up up up ON FIRE!!!”
Kerosene will leave an oily residue.
In my opinion it is the best way to clean them
I use lighter fluid or avio gasoline (a kind of gas used by airplanes, it is sold in markets as paint-clothes cleaner). This kind of cleaners leave a little of oil that will improve bearing life and keep them anyway unresponsive
DON’T USE ANY KIND OF GASOLINE TO CLEAN BEARINGS.
IT IS VERY DANGEROUS NO MATTER HOW WELL IT MIGHT HELP YOUR BEARING.
It’s only dangerous if you do it in a dangerous manner. Proper safety precautions should be taken when using any flammable or otherwise hazardous materials. I’ve been using kerosene for years as a degreaser and have had no ill effects.
I agree with Bcmaddog… paradoxically cleaninig bearings with it is less dangerous than playing with metal yoyos (I broke a tooth whith the superstar… :’()