Can I Use Brake Parts Cleaner on Anything?

brake parts cleanerIf you’re a hobby mechanic, car enthusiast or homeowner chances are you’ve got a few cans of brake parts cleaner laying around your garage or shop.  Most of us do and the reason is that it’s a useful cleaner that can be used to clean a lot of different things.  From spilled oil to engine on the concrete to engine parts before assembling them we’ve used it for just about everything.  Like any tool in your shop, the right tool for the right job will make everything easier and save you some headaches which is why we want to talk about the correct uses for brake parts cleaner to keep you out of trouble.

Brake parts cleaner is specifically designed to clean what it’s named for, brake parts.  The solvents and additives are designed to dissolve brake fluid, grease, oil, and dust leftover from brake pad and shoe wear.  If you’ve got brake parts to clean, grab PJ1 Pro Brake Cleaner to do the job right with an environmentally friendly cleaner.

While doing a great job cleaning brake parts brake cleaner can be harmful to plastic, rubber, electronics, and painted parts.  It turns out some of these components can be dissolved by brake cleaner so it should only be used on brake components or other bare metal components you’re looking to clean.

If you need to clean electrical components or electrical contacts we suggest you check out our article on the importance of using contact cleaner to learn more about the importance of using the right cleaning agent for that job.

Many of us have used brake cleaner to prep components before assembly and while that works out most times, we highly recommend using PJ1 Super Cleaner to clean these components as it is specially designed to evaporate without leaving any residue making it perfect for cleaning parts before assembling them.

Lastly, if you’re cleaning components you’re worried about using harsh chemicals on, reach for PJ1 Spray & Washer Degreaser.  It’s safe to use on all of your machine’s mechanical parts and will easily remove oil and dirt with a simple spray on and rinse off action.  

Using the right cleaner for the right job will not only make the job easier but will save you time and money in the long run.  There’s nothing worse than doing a great job cleaning your bike only to realize you got some strong solvent on a painted component or plastic part and now the color is running or the plastic is warping.  Similarly getting too strong of a cleaner on rubber parts can significantly shorten their lifespan and lead to leaks and problems for you.  Using the right cleaner keeps your bike looking great and will save you from annoying mistakes.  Visit our website to find a PJ1 dealer near you!

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