Are you using CRC Brakleen as intended? | Video

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CRC’s iconic brake parts cleaner, Brakleen, turns 50 this year. Most of us are familiar with how well the brake parts cleaner works, but it shouldn’t be used to clean everything.

Here's how to use CRC Brakleen the right way. Presented by CRC Industries.

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Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
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6/25/21 4:25 p.m.

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Keith Tanner
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6/25/21 4:56 p.m.
JG Pasterjak
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6/25/21 5:21 p.m.

Really channeling my inner Flex-Seal guy with this one.

dean1484
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6/25/21 5:28 p.m.

Also don't try and clean plastic headlights. 

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6/25/21 6:06 p.m.

In before hootus jokes.

j_tso
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6/25/21 6:21 p.m.

It kills big ass roaches on contact as well as Raid.

SkinnyG (Forum Supporter)
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6/25/21 6:22 p.m.

I use it to clean oil spots off clothing.  As long as you hit it early, it can usually take it out before it stains.

DO NOT wear the clothing while you do this.  Oh my gosh; NO!

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
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6/25/21 8:00 p.m.

In reply to j_tso :

It works on brown recluse as well. Fun fact, if you get bit by a brown recluse, take the bastard in with you to the ER for identification confirmation and get to the ER within 15 minutes of the bite...

 

 

...you still get a good chunk of flesh that needs to be removed. There's no magic shot or antibiotic if caught super early. 

GCrites80s
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6/25/21 8:22 p.m.
JG Pasterjak said:

Really channeling my inner Flex-Seal guy with this one.

Can Brakleen be used to make a boat out of a screen door?

SkinnyG (Forum Supporter)
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6/25/21 8:25 p.m.

Brakleen drops wasps right out of the air mid-flight, and is cheaper than Raid.

Appleseed
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6/25/21 9:06 p.m.

I just used it to hose out baked on oil off a Hyundai valve cover.  Literally seconds ago.

volvoclearinghouse
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6/25/21 9:38 p.m.
dean1484 said:

Also don't try and clean plastic headlights. 

Or a lexan windshield. 

On the other hand, a can of Brake Kleen and a Bic lighter makes a perfectly serviceable flamethrower. 

Dead_Sled
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6/25/21 10:02 p.m.
SkinnyG (Forum Supporter) said:

Brakleen drops wasps right out of the air mid-flight, and is cheaper than Raid.

Whatever you do, no matter how cool you think it might be, DO NOT light the nest on fire after spraying it.  Their wings only last 20-30 seconds, but 20-30 seconds of pissed off flaming wasps is more than enough terror to last a lifetime.

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Number1Gaza
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6/25/21 10:38 p.m.

I used to use it as hand cleaner after a job,  until I found out it can and will absorb through your skin... I'll never forget the incredulous fit one of my friends threw the first time he saw me do that.  

if it's a particularly messy or oily job I still use it for hand cleaner actually.   Some might argue previous use has already damaged brain cells.  

Appleseed
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6/25/21 11:18 p.m.

In reply to Number1Gaza :

Liver. 

Jerry From LA
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6/26/21 1:49 a.m.
Number1Gaza said:

if it's a particularly messy or oily job I still use it for hand cleaner actually.   Some might argue previous use has already damaged brain cells.  

Your brain might be fine but your prostate will be the size of a baseball.

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6/26/21 9:47 a.m.
rslifkin
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6/27/21 8:24 a.m.

For the welding safety thing, as far as I know, that only applies to the chlorinated version.  The non-chlorinated stuff doesn't work as well, but doesn't have the same safety concern.  And I don't think the non-chlorinated would work as well for getting oil spots out of clothes without damage (it's closer to carb cleaner from what I know). 

spitfirebill
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6/27/21 9:04 a.m.
SkinnyG (Forum Supporter) said:

Brakleen drops wasps right out of the air mid-flight, and is cheaper than Raid.

I use it on carpenter bees.  I only knocks them down, butvYou have to squish them quickly or they will fly off.  

JTT
JTT New Reader
6/27/21 4:55 p.m.

Thanks to CRC for sponsoring this website!  I like many of their products, but for brake and parts cleaner I will only use Wurth.  Safe on plastic, non-chlorinated, and flashes off instantly leaving zero residue.

MadScientistMatt
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6/28/21 12:46 p.m.

I've gone through a lot of cans of brake cleaner every year, and I can't remember the last time I actually used it on brakes.

dean1484
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6/28/21 2:06 p.m.

I use it as a pre-spray for penetrating oil.  Acts as a carrier to get the penetrating oil in further/faster/better.  Not sure how much this really helps but in my mind it does.  

dean1484
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6/28/21 2:07 p.m.
GCrites80s said:
JG Pasterjak said:

Really channeling my inner Flex-Seal guy with this one.

Can Brakleen be used to make a boat out of a screen door?

No, but I bet it will take the flex seal boat and make it back into a screen door.  ;-)

Colin Wood
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6/28/21 2:12 p.m.

Just got this press release from CRC.

TLDR: click here to enter for the chance win a trip to SEMA 2022, or monthly prizes from Tire Rack, Crutchfield and Xtreme Xpereince. The contest runs from July 1, 2021 throuh June 30, 2022.

CRC Industries, Inc. has announced the launch of its CRC Brakleen® 50th Anniversary ‘Be Original’ Sweepstakes marking 50 years of CRC Brakleen®, the original aerosol brake parts cleaner and number one selling brand, worldwide. CRC is a leading global manufacturer of specialty products and formulations for maintenance and repair professionals and do-it-yourselfers. The company’s ‘Be Original’ sweepstakes theme celebrates the milestone anniversary of its innovative, first-of-its-kind brake cleaner product and the originality and uniqueness of BRAKLEEN users and automotive enthusiasts. Entrants are eligible to win exciting weekly and monthly prizes, and a grand prize trip for two to the world-famous SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The promotion runs from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, and no purchase is necessary. Fans are invited to enter every day at: CRCBeOriginal.com

Original prizes for original fans
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Twelve monthly prizes will be awarded and all entrants of the CRC BRAKLEEN 50th Anniversary ‘Be Original’ Sweepstakes will be eligible for the grand prize trip for two to the 2022 SEMA show. Additionally, CRC will award weekly prizes, including CRC products, throughout the promotional period.

“As we kick off the ‘Be Original’ sweepstakes, we want to acknowledge the loyalty and trust that pros and do-it-yourselfers place in BRAKLEEN and CRC products every day,” notes Dori Ahart, CRC Industries Senior Marketing Manager. “This is not just a celebration of our flagship product, it’s a thank you to all our loyal BRAKLEEN users who have made it the number one brand for 50 years. The ‘Be Original’ theme celebrates our fans and encourages them to express their originality with the customized prizes that they choose.”

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6/28/21 3:01 p.m.
rslifkin said:

For the welding safety thing, as far as I know, that only applies to the chlorinated version.  The non-chlorinated stuff doesn't work as well, but doesn't have the same safety concern.  And I don't think the non-chlorinated would work as well for getting oil spots out of clothes without damage (it's closer to carb cleaner from what I know). 

The non-chlorinated stuff (the only kind it's legal to sell here in CA) is mostly acetone with a bit of xylene.

 

madmrak351
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11/2/22 1:15 p.m.

In reply to Dead_Sled :

The secret to that is to flame the nest wasps and all when the temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less, they are not very active at low temperatures. They just stay there and burn. Obviously the flammability of what the nest is attached to must be taken into consideration!

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