If your bearings have a metal shield on them, you do not have to
remove the shield to clean them. If your bearings have a rubber seal
then you should remove the seals according to the instructions below.
Doing this achieves maximum performance. Using our Clean Touch bearing
cleaner, or any standard degreaser, fill a small glass cup or vial
sufficiently to submerge your bearings completely. Place the shielded
bearings, or the sealed bearings with the seals removed, into the
solution. You can also use a small ultrasonic cleaner if you have one.
Soaking time may vary depending on whether you have grease or oil in
your bearings or if you are using an ultrasonic, but a few hours of
soaking should be more than enough. You can now either blow your
bearings dry with compressed air or allow them to air dry for up to 24
hours. For maximum performance the bearings should be thoroughly dry.
At this point you can spin test the bearing on an awl or any sharp
pointed tool like our Utility Tool. If the bearings do not spin to
your satisfaction you may need to repeat the cleaning and drying
We also suggest using an additional pre-soak step that will further
lubricate and protect the bearing. Our LBT Bearing Soak is specially
designed to form a molecular bond with all moving metal parts. It will
fill in the pores, pits and gaps typically found in chrome or
stainless steel. Soaking bearings for 10-15 minutes in LBT Bearing
Soak will reduce friction, decrease wear and extend life.
The final step is lubrication. A 10-20% fill is more than sufficient
but be sure to not over-lube. Use a light drop of a low viscosity
lubrication such as our High Speed Oil if you are seeking a pronounced
free spinning bearing. For the best protection however we suggest
using a heavy duty grease like our Grease Power lubrication. If you
are using a shielded bearing or an orange seal bearing you can apply
the oil to the bearing with the seals/shields intact. If you are using
a contact sealed bearing or grease you will need to remove the
seals/shields to apply the lubrication.