Now you have your board running and working, there are a few things you should regularly do to keep it at 100% - cleaning your bearings is one of those. I’ve decided to put this in-depth guide together to show you how to clean your bearings. It’s pretty cheap and if regularly done, your bearings will last much longer.
When you clean your bearings, they will spin smoother, spin for a longer duration , be silent and save you money.
DON’T EVER LUBRICATE/CLEAN BEARINGS WITH WD40 IT WILL PICK UP ANY DUST AND DIRT AND RUIN YOUR BEARINGS VERY FAST
- Isoprophyl Alcohol/Rubbing Alcohol (Needs to be 99-100% concentration).
- A disposable container with a lid (I used a Chinese container).
- Several screwdrivers, pliers and a razor blade.
- New bearing lubrication (Speed Cream).
- 15 Minutes of your time.
Take your wheels off the trucks. Pretty simple just undo the end nuts and slide your wheels off.
You need to take your bearings out of your wheel.
Now you have all your bearings and spacers in a safe place, take razor blade and use the end to slide in the outer edge of the bearing cover and pop it out.
Now you have all your covers in a pile and you have got all your bearings naked, its time to wash them. Take your container (I’m using an old Chinese takeaway container as it will be thrown out after) and fill it with some isopropyl alcohol/rubbing alcohol. We are using this pure alcohol as it will evaporate almost immediately from the bearings and cause no rust.
Being careful (use pliers), take the bearings out and put them onto a long screwdriver. Space them out a bit and use a hairdryer to dry them off.
Pour the dirty alcohol somewhere where it can evaporate safely outside - I put mine on the patio and made sure nothing went on it. Do not put it down your sink as if someone was to put something flammable or a spark down there, it would explode. Pour some fresh alcohol into the container and put the black seals in it and shake for about 30 seconds - these don’t need as much cleaning.
Take the seals out and dry them off like you did with the bearings.
Wash your wheels with some soapy water and a brush - allow to dry.
For each bearing, put one of the seals back on (if your bearings only had 1 seal, don’t do this yet). Now, take your skate bearing lubricator (Speed Cream in my case) and put about 2 small drops in each bearing and put the other seal back on (if you have one seal, now put it on). **When adding lubricant, it is very easy to put too much on - sometimes less is more as @Ulfberht said. ** If using a needle applicator (some lubes come with it), try to get the centre groove where the balls actually run.
Reinsert your bearings and spacers into your wheels and then put the whole thing back onto your trucks. You can use a screwdriver to keep the spacer in place.
Enjoy your fresh, clean bearings and wheels!
Thanks for reading If you have any questions, feel free to ask