Clean skateboard bearings are among the few things you need to roll smoothly. This is aside from skills of course – and your skateboard. For bearings maintenance, you should make it a habit to clean it at least once in every 2 months. if you skate every day, cleaning your bearings once a month is also an option.
Before wondering as to what the best skateboard bearings are, you should start checking the best bearing cleaning kit first. The good news is, you can make your own kit for less than $10. Instead of buying one for $15, check your kitchen for some materials and start making your own bearing cleaning kit today.
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What You Will Need
Here are some things you need to prepare for your bearing cleaning kit.
Household items you can use
There are things that you can find at home such as the following:
- Empty bottle (12 or 16 oz)
Things you need to purchase
Here’s what you need to purchase to make your DIY bearing cleaning kit.
- ¼ washer
- Nut with coarse thread
- Bolt with coarse thread
- Spacers (ballpoint sleeve)
Steps in Making a Bearing Cleaning Kit
Once you have your materials ready, you can start making your own kit.
Prepare the bottle cap. Drill a hole on it. You can use the sharp edge of your scissors to make a hole on the cap. The hole should be big enough to fit your rod.
Put the gasket ring on the rod all the way to the top. It will prevent water leakage.
Insert the rod through the bottle cap. It should go all the way. Your rod should be at least ¾ of the bottle’s entire length.
Put the washer on. Slide it all the way to the top of the rod (near the bottle cap). Now you can add the nut. Screw it tightly on the lid to keep everything in place. Make sure it is tight.
Make spacers from a disassembled pen. Cut at least 9 spacers. For each bearing, add a spacer. Add it to your bolt alternately. At the end of your bolt, put your wing nut. Now your bolt cleaning kit is ready.
Test it. to test your cleaning kit, do the following:
Prepare your cleaning solution
Acetone is one of the best cleaning solvents you can use for your skateboard bearings. Fill your bottle cleaning kit with acetone (at least a quarter). Let it sit for a few minutes.
After a few minutes, shake the bottle with enough force. Enough to remove dirt, grease, and stain from your bearings.
Remove the bearings from the bottle. Leave it to dry. If you have clean dry cloth, use it to finish drying your bearings. Now, use hot water to wash your bearings. This will remove the solvent you use and its contaminants. Let it sit until it dries up. If you can blow dry your bearings, do so.
Your bearings are now ready to be lubed.
Finding a bearing cleaning kit online is easy. for less than $20, you can have a good cleaning kit. However, you can also make your own bearing cleaning kit and spend less than $10. By following a few steps, you can easily make your own cleaning it at the comfort of your own home.
Once you get used making your own cleaning kit, you will find it easier to prepare. You will also find it easier to maintain your bearings’ cleanliness once you learn how to make your DIY bearing cleaning kit.