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How To Clean and Grease Your Skateboard Bearings

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


Real mean and women don´t care how the weather is outside when it comes to skateboarding. It might be raining or snowing out there, but when it comes to skate nothing will tear us away from the streets and all those sweet tricks. But it’s time to go back home… Your board is shattered, and your bearings are a mess. Don’t worry homie, in today’s SHIT® We’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to clean up those bearings to make them look and feel as good as new. If your griptape is also smashed don’t miss our latest article on how to clean your griptape correctly. Remember that taking care of the board is taking care of yourself.



1. Getting What You Need

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For this mission you will need 100 ml of solvent (it could be acetone, Isopropyl or alcohol) a cup or a container, a staple to disarm the bearings, towel paper and some lubricant (grease or oil). Moreover, you will need a spot to work comfortably, a table with a solid surface might work well. 


2. Taking off the Seals

Remember that usually there are two types of seals: metal and rubber. Both are very easy to take off. Just use the staple. For the metal seals get your staple beneath one edge of the circlip and it'll come off effortlessly. For the rubber seals poke your staple in the middle of the ball cage and then poke beyond the bearing race and push the seal out. Target for the center of the seal, as it is made of metal and you won't pierce it.






3. Soaking and Cleaning the Bearing Rings

Soak up your container with 100 ml of the solvent, then place the bearings in the liquid and let them there for a while (3-5 minutes will be okay). Hit them on the base of the container and turn over the bearings until you see that they are completely clean. Afterwards dye the bearing using a towel paper, remember to leave the balls downside. As the bearings get dry, wash up the seals in solvent, then dry them up in the towel paper and reserve. 


4. Greasing and Re-sealing

Time to get greasy! For this step you might use oil or grease, some good options are tri-flow, bones speed cream, motor oil, bike grease or marine grease.

Lubricate the compartments in the middle of the balls. The right amount depends on you, but it’s recommended that all the balls get lubrication although you don’t want them to get crammed. Finally place the seals back on as the bearings are completely un-lubed you might want to lube the outside as well as the metal surfaces to prevent the formation of rust. 


5. Further Recommendations

This is a regular maintenance required for your skateboard. Depending on what kind of lube you use the period between maintenance may vary but if you skate on a daily basis for oils should be applied every two weeks and for greases every month.



Read also: Skateboard Maintenance: How to Make it Last

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