Cleaning and Preparation

Each component, regardless if it is used or new, requires an upfront and proper preparation before applying any lubricant. Such preparation is also required to aid the chemical reaction of Revolubes™ active ingredients with component's material.

To prepare the surfaces correctly, they must be thoroughly degreased and washed to remove any factory/old grease, production contamination, abrasive metal fillings and wear products (oxides, rust deposits, etc.), which may affect the operation of a component.

We strongly advise to use the Revolubes Cleaner, which is purposely blended for the task however, degreasing with alternative solvent is also covered in this section.
If you chose to use Revolubes Cleaner for the job, ensure that the component and the cleaner are both in temperature above +16°C (not air temperature), and proceed with the following steps:
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  1. If necessary, clean the outside surfaces with a wire brush to get rid of larger contamination deposits before degreasing.
     
  2. Put the component in a container and fill it with fresh Revolubes™ Cleaner, so the component is fully submerged. Close the container with a lid.
     
  3. Depending on the component's condition, leave it submerged between 2 and 12 hours. Leave the container in warm place, shaking it from time to time. This will allow the cleaner to penetrate every nook and cranny and dissolve any solid contamination, oxides, and deposits.
     
  4. Shake the container vigorously for about 1 minute.
     
  5. Take the component out from the container and let the cleaner soak down. Wipe it thoroughly with a cloth or paper towel until it is dry. 
     
  6. Proceed with application steps.
Alternatively, you may use unleaded petrol, which is the last liquid product of crude oil distillation, capable of dissolving denser oil fractions such as greases and oils. Although unleaded petrol proved to be the best for the job, the alternatives are turpentine and white spirit.

Finally, you will need a detergent containing SLS soaps to clean off any film that a solvent has left after evaporating. 

SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulphate), e.g. cheap shower gel - see ingredients on the label - usually the 2nd in line, after water (aqua). SLS soaps are being widely used within industries for machinery cleaning from greases and oils. These act as degreasers and coagulants. You will also find them in cleaning agents used by car washes.


Warning!
Solvent, petrol and turpentine vapours are flammable and can explode. 
You must not use open fire in their presence! Inhalation of fumes is harmful to your health. Always work with solvents and fuels in prepared, well-ventilated place or in the open air. Always use protective means/clothing.

In this case, the steps are: 
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  1. If necessary, clean the outside surfaces with a wire brush from larger deposits before degreasing.
     
  2. Put the component in a container and fill it with fresh solvent, so the component is fully submerged. Close the container with a lid.
     
  3. Leave it for 2 hours (10 minutes for subsequent fills) to allow the solvent to penetrate every nook and cranny and dissolve any solid contamination, oxides, and deposits. Shake the container from time to time.
     
  4. Shake the container vigorously for about 1 minute.
     
  5. If the solvent is dirty or has changed its colour, replace it with a fresh fill and return to step 2.
     
  6. If the solvent remains clean and does not change colour, take the component out and allow the solvent to evaporate.
     
  7. Put the component in a container and fill it with a solution of hot water and detergent.
     
  8. Wait for 10 minutes for the solution to well penetrate.
     
  9. Shake the container vigorously for about 1 minute.
     
  10. Remove the cleaned element and rinse thoroughly with fresh water.
     
  11. Allow to dry for about 1 hour.
     
  12. Continue with application steps.