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Old September 12th 19, 06:56 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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Default Does anything dissolve paint thinner

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 1:00:04 PM UTC-4, wrote:
"I use brake cleaner for all my degreasing needs."

I don't wish to be disrespectful, but this makes no sense to me.
Brake cleaner lifts bicycle paint, and there is virtually no way to
keep it from getting it on your frame if you squirt it on the cranks
and chain.
Regular mineral spirits (paint thinner) works just as well as
brake cleaner but won't lift the paint.
If you really want to
spray it, put it in a spray bottle.


Patient: Doctor, it hurts when I do this
Doctor: then don't do that

I'm not sure why I (or anyone) would spray it on a crank, but I remove the chain for this level of cleaning. The spray never gets on the frame.

Paint thinner actually doesn't work better. Paint thinner leaves a bit of a residue, and doesn't penetrate as well to dry out embedded particles. If you're trying to get crud out of really tight spaces - like the teeth inside a freehub body, for example - it's extremely difficult to get all the crud out of the little corners. The blast from the spray does very well, and evaporates leaving no residue whatsoever.

The concentrated force of the spray from a can is significantly greater than what you can get from a bottle, and can be sustained for tougher jobs.

You should try it sometime.
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