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Help! Chain lube all over rotors

So this morning I'm working on my truck and my 7 year old nephew is washing my bike. I'm not really paying attention until I hear an aerosol can. I get over there pretty quick and he is "cleaning my bike" with a can of dupont teflon I had left on the ground. He has coated the rear of the bike pretty well. He also to my dismay decided the metal wheels needed to be washed as well. He thoroughly sprayed down the rotors as well. I immediately grabbed a can of brake cleaner and sprayed the hell out of the rotors. I did this a few times. Then I washed down the entire bike and cleaned the rotors a few more times. I took it for a ride and initially the brakes had no bite. Then I went around the block and braked repeatedly and the brakes seemed to feel normal again. My question is are the pads shot or can they be cleaned with brake cleaner?

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I've had the rear of my DR650 covered in oil twice from a failed countershaft seal. I did remove the pads and cleaned them with brake cleaner.

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I've cleaned pads w/ brake cleaner before and all was well. Should be no problem.

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Brake cleaner is actually to clean grease off the metal parts. Anything that soaks into the friction material usually ruins the material. Take the pads out and wash them well in the cleaner. If there is some lube remaining on the pads, try lightly sanding them with fine sandpaper (I put the sandpaper on a flat surface and rub the pads across). If they don't clean up completely, junk them.

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So this morning I'm working on my truck and my 7 year old nephew is washing my bike. I'm not really paying attention until I hear an aerosol can. I get over there pretty quick and he is "cleaning my bike" with a can of dupont teflon I had left on the ground. He has coated the rear of the bike pretty well. He also to my dismay decided the metal wheels needed to be washed as well. He thoroughly sprayed down the rotors as well. I immediately grabbed a can of brake cleaner and sprayed the hell out of the rotors. I did this a few times. Then I washed down the entire bike and cleaned the rotors a few more times. I took it for a ride and initially the brakes had no bite. Then I went around the block and braked repeatedly and the brakes seemed to feel normal again. My question is are the pads shot or can they be cleaned with brake cleaner?
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