In-Depth cleaning of Glide Bar Clamps Question

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  1. Andyroo10567

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    When the surface of old, used Glide Bar clamps become dirty, how would you clean them? I just came back from using Steel wool with Rubbing alcohol to clean the Clamp. I first used the Wool and grinded the whole outer surface part to make it shinier than before. After, i poured and rubbed the alcohol on the surface and wiped off the excess iron dust. Is this the correct method of cleaning? The clamps do look really shiny on the other-hand... This question falls into all general iron based clamps by the way.
     
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  2. anubis

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    I clean mine with rubbing alcohol on a q-tip. I then put 3-in-1 oil inside the tracks with another q-tip.
     
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    Go to walmart in the gun department and gets some Brake Free CLP (Cleaner Lubricate Protect) @ <$4 a can. Spray it on let it sit over night and wipe clean with a soft cloth. But DON'T (UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE) put in on your clamp string gripper surface.
     
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    I would caution anyone against using any lubricant on any part of your clamp. One slip, and it's easy to do with a spray, and you're screwed, blued, and tattooed.

    I use Acetone on my rails and clamps. It works fine. With the Neos, there aren't any rubber parts to affect.
     
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    I would agree with glide bar clamps but with double actions fixed clamps it works great on the shaft that fits down into the hosel. I also use Break Free on the top of the rail slot to promote smooth gliding of the clamp on the turntable. But I am careful not to get the lubricant down under the rail where the locking of the clamp is accomplished.
     
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