Cleaning Brake Fluid

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by mgoad1971, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. mgoad1971

    mgoad1971 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    This isn't my camaro, although it would fit just as well since I couldn't find a post for it. 1980 Chevy C10 Custom Deluxe

    Any suggestions on how to clean brake fluid that dripped onto the wheel well, steering column, etc.? I just painted this Bastage and am in the last 10-20% of my resto when apparently the master cylinder leaked. Looks like it is leaking from out of the top due to the run's in the brake cables. YOu can see it flaking (i guess due to the heat?)
    The vehicle wiggles when I brake (after going 40+ mph). The 2 things I don't really know about are brakes and tranny's (Except the tranny's in tailand, stay away!)

    Can I pressure wash it or should I hose it slowly? My main concern is the inner wheel well. I wiped a little with a towel (what I'm pointing at in the pic) and It looks like i'll need to redo that!:whine:
    Car show this upcoming Sat. After suggestions on how to clean it up, suggestions on how to cover it up???

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  2. I'd say spray down with brake cleaner - pretty well, then wash it off.

    I can't see it well on the pic (thanks to my laptop), but maybe a little polish will work.
     
  3. warped

    warped Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    As you have found, brake fluid is one of the most corrosive fluids around, especially with paint.

    I guess brake cleaner will work assuming whatever type you use is not a problem for the paint (one type I had was just lacquer thinner in a spray can). I would think something like Simple Green or other like cleaner would be better than some solvent based chemical. Good luck.
     
  4. mgoad1971

    mgoad1971 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Thanks Warped. I'm gonna hit it with green clean and pressure wash on low. I think whatever damage that was done, is done. Not sure how corrosive it is on hoses though.
     
  5. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Lifetime Gold Member

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    Brake fluid is similar to paint stripper. :mad:
    It needs to be wiped off of painted surfaces IMMEDIATELY if you hope to sve the paint.

    Green clean and a hose will get rid of the fluid.

    However..... The paint is fubar in those places and metal under the bubbled areas may start to rust pretty quickly if the paint has lifted/wrinkled leaving pockets of exposed metal beneath it.
     
  6. 79camaro2001

    79camaro2001 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yep, lots of cleaner to break up the fluid and lots of water!!


    Also when it's time to repaint the metal make sure you clean it very good or the paint won't stick right.

    Fix that leaking brake cylinder also or you will be back to square one.
     
  7. mgoad1971

    mgoad1971 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Damage done! The frame that was once off the vehicle now needs to be touched up. Rattle can primer???

    I guess I can remove the wheel well and redo AFTER I get my brakes checked!!!

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  8. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Lifetime Gold Member

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    And the flash rust has already begun. :(
     
  9. John Wright

    John Wright Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I'm guessing that the front rotors are warped and need to be replaced(most don't have enough material in them to resurface(turn on a lathe) to get them flat again. The high and low spots push the caliper pistons in and out really violently causing the fluid to be pushed back into the reservoir and spill out of the M/C(and the gasket might not be sealing very well).
     

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