I am working on a project using 14 sets of Knape & Vogt KV8405 drawer
slides. Because of limited shop space I temporarily stored a section
of my project on my covered patio. Unfortunately we had a
dust/sandstorm and the slides accumulated a lot of sand in the grease
on the slides. What do you suggest as the most efficient way to remove
the sand and what should I use to lubricate the slides after I have
A solvent that will turn the grease to oil and flush it away - WD-40
would do it - then re-grease once clean. Flush and blow with air.
On 5/26/2012 6:16 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Bingo! And these plastic parts, particularly the ball bearing retainers,
are the first to fail over time, making the slides completely useless.
Be very careful using any solvent that will cause these plastic parts
too fail before their time.
I think I would FIRST use our old army rifle cleaning trick of using
very hot water (not necessarily boiling) to wash out both the sand and
the existing grease before re-lubricating the slides.
I'm actually here to tell you this, due in large part, and only because
this method indeed works ... if you get my drift. :)
FWIT Brake cleaner not to be confused with brake fluid, typically is a
non threat for rubber and plastic. There are lots of those type parts
in brake drum and disk brakes systems.
Brake fluid will do a decent job cleaning also but will melt paint in an
On 5/26/2012 7:16 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I would be tempted to just put them in the dishwasher and run them through
a short cycle with normal detergent. After they are dry they will need to
be lubricated. If you are worried about type I'd ask the maker what they
recommend, otherwise I'd just use a bit of lithium or silicone grease.
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