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Old February 22nd, 2010, 12:23 AM   #9
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+1 what the Doc says, I just want to add.

Even if you think you'll be careful with gasoline about fire, it is very hazardous to the health. Gasoline along with certain other chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, besides the hazards of breathing in the vapors.

Additionally, some chemicals are strong enough to eat through the rubber, nylon, or plastic parts on the bearings. Any thing containing Toluene should be avoided.

99% alcohol is a good mild degreaser that is probably the safest strong stuff to use other than a water based solution.
Others, including myself, use mineral spirits which would be as strong as you should ever need, but use caution as directed above.
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