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Old October 20th, 2009, 05:09 PM   #81
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For all those who never had any experience in any shop, and don't know for sure which end of the screwdriver is the handle part, don't blow dry your bearings with compressed air.

The possibility of sending a ball flying is a real danger that can cause injury or death.

For the rest of us, feel free to give them a very low RPM spin until dry. High RPM spins without oil can not good on the high polished bearing surface.

(unless you already screwed the bearing by letting them rust, then I would spin them fast to smooth them out )
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 09:40 PM   #82
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Their warning is to wear safety glasses...I would be putting a perspex box around it.

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Old January 30th, 2010, 11:04 AM   #83
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Originally Posted by BWI-Sheldon View Post
For all those who never had any experience in any shop, and don't know for sure which end of the screwdriver is the handle part, don't blow dry your bearings with compressed air.

The possibility of sending a ball flying is a real danger that can cause injury or death.
Dredging up an old thread....

The bickering is part of the reason I don't join forums unless I have to ask a question, and this thread was pretty rife until the above comment, which is hilarious.

I have a small plastic container all 16 bearings go in, cover with gas, shake so the air bubbles rip the junk out, then pour out the mess and repeat until the gas is clear. I either let them air dry or put them on a piece of cardboard w/paper towel on it (clean, no dirt) in front of a hair dryer for 3 minutes or so, then use Permatex Industrial Super Lube. These bearings are from 1992 and still tight, although I don't jump.

The up side is speed, price, and any hair that gets sucked in & ground up while skating gets pushed out and held away from the balls by the grease. The down side is the bearings are only "fast" indoors, not "really stinkin' fast."

To fix that I will be switching to 2 drops Marvel Mystery Oil, but since the gas does leave behind a bit of residue, liquid carburetor cleaner will be the rinse solution. If I had the money I'd switch to Bone's Ceramic Swiss, but that's not practical in this economy.

There doesn't seem to be much point in rinsing residue if you go so long between cleanings the bearings are full of junk from skating--you'd never notice the residue anyway. For people who clean regularly like myself, yes, get rid of the residue when using a light oil, and clean often.

I do have an air compressor, and there are merits to using compressed air to blow out bearings at high speed, such a polishing the balls and races while getting the dirt out, I just never had the need to use it (and it takes longer). It is a good idea for outdoor bearings or even indoor bearings that have seen some abuse.

Going for super-fast bearings isn't just about cleaning, it's also about axle alignment, bearing spacers, and dust shields--things discussed at length in other threads.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 10:54 PM   #84
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One of the other forums here had this gem, I took for myself.

A small 'pickle jar' or something similar. A few carriage bolts with a rubber gasket and some Rubber Epoxy. (PCV?)

Poke a hole in the jar lid, slip one of the gasket/grommets over the bolt and push it(them depending on how many you want to do) into the hole(holes) use a nut to tighten down, add a bit of rubber epoxy over the base hole let dry.

If the rubber grommets/gaskets came in a boag of 6, then you have wonderful 'spacers'. Slip a rubber gasket, bearing, gasket, bearing, repeat as finished, then add a nut to keep the bearings on the bolt.


To clean... Fill with your preferred solution ( hot water and dawn, acetone, mineral spirits, etc., whatever)

Shake shake shake.. shake your booty... shake your booty..

Remove.. Rinse with your preferred rinsing agent..

Dry with your preferred drying method...

Lube with your preferred lube..

re-install and skate'em like you stole em..
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