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How to clean brake pads?(4 posts)

How to clean brake pads?dstahl
Apr 19, 2003 12:57 PM
What is the best way to clean brake pads? Or, is it best just to buy new ones. They have 6000 miles on them.
re: How to clean brake pads?russw19
Apr 19, 2003 6:14 PM
I clean mine with either steel wool, or a small file. If there is road grit in there, I blow it off with compressed air at the bike shop, but a good rag or old tooth brush will do the same thing.

medium to coarse sandpaper works , but maybe replace??cory
Apr 19, 2003 9:36 PM
Somewhere between about 80 grit to 120 or so. Just take the glaze off. If I have embedded crud, I pick it out with the point of a safety pin.
If they still work well, there may be no reason to replace them. If they're OEM pads, though, you might be surprised how much a good pair of aftermarket pads will improve things.
Emery boards rock!Spoke Wrench
Apr 21, 2003 5:43 AM
Buy a package of emery boards from Walgreens or someplace like that. They'll be in the fingernail polish department. They're nice and flat and provide a nice handle to grab onto. While you're there, you can also get some touch-up paint for your frame.