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Removing Surface Rust - August 23, 2009, 05:05 PM

Any tips on removing surface rust from brake rotors and the chain? I figure some high grit sandpaper would work on the rotors without hurting them, but am unsure on the chain. Thanks


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WD-40 and a toothbrush for the chain. Ride it and use the brakes for the brakes.


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I was going to the same but wire brush instead of toothbrush. I've used both but your toothbrush tastes really bad afterwards. The wire brush leaves my hair looking the same though, with a little extra sheen.


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A wire brush will damage the o-rings which will in turn cause rapid degradation of the chain.


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Wire brush outside of links for looks reasons= ok. Cleaning the entire chain with it= new chain.
Brakes, I agree, just use them


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Wd 40 destroys o rings and leaves a nasty residue that keeps quality lube that you want to ride with from staying on; put some chain lube on ride it for a bit then take a plastic or nylon brush to it bike shops and some motorcycle dealers sell clip on chain scrubbers that will fit to they save a shit load of time cleaning dirty chains if you get one make sure its the right size.
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Wire brushes FTW! Home depot sells a nice little 3 pack of them for less than $10.

Edit - Just saw Travis' post about wire brushes damaging the o-rings.


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Wd 40 destroys o rings

No it doesn't. And instead of going through the experiment to prove this, just read about it done by somebody else already.
http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/arc.../t-619424.html

It if destroyed o-rings, my chains wouldn't last 25,000 miles which include every day in the salty winter months.

Grit destroys o-rings. Sticky lubricants attract grit. Keeping a chain generally dry and free of rust is the key to longevity. The only lube that matters is internal.


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