Will this type of acetone work?


#1

Nail polish remover? Post best alternative to that if you have one also, thanks!


#2

They usually have water in nail polish remover, so leaving it in will rust your bearing.

You can get a huge thing of acetone from Ace Hardware for the cheap. Or WalMart for that matter.


#3

I can confirm that nail polish remover would work. I used it exclusively for skateboard bearings with no ill effects.


#4

It will work. I’d just be sure to dry it thoroughly just to be sure it doesn’t cause rust.


#5

I’ve had success with Methylated Spirits, it’s basically 95% ethanol and 5% methanol (or maybe it’s the other way around) it’s NOT what you guys call mineral spirits


#6

Stupid question: Will wd 40 work? Probably not.


(WildCat23) #7

As a lubricant, yes, although you have to use it sparingly.


#8

Nail polish remover’s problem is the additives/conditioners in it, not water content. You could actually clean a bearing with water and detergent if you wanted to.

The conditioners don’t evaporate. In most cases, it will probably still “work” afterwards. This kind of thing is so non-destructive. If it gunks up your bearing, you just need to clean it with another method; there’s no permanent damage done. On a small bearing that’s relatively free-spinning, the “gunk” might be more noticeable than on a larger bearing that carries load.

Me, I’d use acetone from the hardware store instead.