DetailingWiki Newsletter
    Get free and automatic updates on new articles
    We respect your privacy. No data is used for anything other than sending the newsletter!

    Advertisement

What is a brake cleaner

Written by:

Brake cleaner is a specific product that is designed to clean off brake pads and brake discs. The solution is sprayed on the object and then wiped off. It is particularly good at removing stubborn dirt, cleaning of grease and oils and removing brake dust.

A brake cleaner

Google Books says on the make-up of a brake cleaner:

The brake cleaner compositions comprise about 5% to about 30% by weight methyl acetate; about 25% to about 50% of a hydrocarbon according to the formula CnH2n+x, where n is 5 to 8 and x is 0 or 2; and about 25% to about 55% by weight acetone.

A brake cleaner usually comes in a spray can. This is used to spray the liquid on the object, it can be wiped off immediatly without letting it dry up. It doesn’t have a very strong chemical smell, but can harm your skin if exposed to the liquid for to long. It is advised to use older, more worn cloths to wipe it off. It might affect a MF towel beyond repair.

What can it be used for

It can be used for cleaning an engine bay, suspension parts and obviously any brake parts. Remember that it is designed to remove oils and grease, when a certain moving part relies on oil or grease, you need to re-apply the grease after using this product. A brake cleaner is also very suitable to remove silicon and comparable material. When cleaning radiator hoses or other plastics, a brake cleaner can be a good way of preparing the surface for thorough cleaning. Be careful with paintwork, some paints may react different to a brake cleaner.

Different related articles

  • From enthusiast to pro – My perspectives on starting a detailing business
    Detailing Miscellaneous
    Detailing is in relative terms, one of the UK's youngest industries and in many senses we have the privilege of being at the forefront of it. I'm not saying shiny cars are new... but the phrase "detailing", the air of "detailing" is a new concept as evidenced by how poorly known it still currently is....
  • What are microfibers
    Detailing Miscellaneous
    Microfibers are a fabric that is designed to have certain characteristics. The microscopic fibers of this synthetic fabric can be made to have certain properties by design. Making them excel at certain tasks....
  • A guide to glass cleaning
    Guides
    There are a multitude of types of product available for cleaning glass. some or all of these may be required depending on just how much residue, dirt or traffic film has built up on the surface of the glass. Glass cleaning is part of regular maintenance....
  • The carwash
    Detailing Miscellaneous
    Although carwashes are very popular, they are not the place where detailers are found. There is a reason why detailers don't like a carwash. The art called detailing/valeting is very different to the service that is offered by a carwash....
  • Nanoskin
    Manufacturers
    Nanoskin is a California, America based manufacturer and distributor of detailing products with a focus on nano-technology. The brand has 4 sub-brands under which the different products are sold....
  • The best shampoo
    Detailing Miscellaneous
    It is often asked on detailing fora and social media: "what is the best shampoo". Off course there is a difference between certain products and brands, but it is important to know what you are asking. In this guide I will try to explain what the problem is with this question unless it is asked more in-depth....

Links to this article

There are no external links to this article. Yet.
Sidebar



Stay up to date with our free newsletter
Always be the first to know about new updates, articles and other informative content.
Don't miss out, opt in!
We respect your privacy. No data is used for anything other than sending the newsletter!