I use Ajax to clean off my shafts and don't apply any alcohol to carbons.
With brand new shafts (at least A/C/Cs) I notice alot of carbon buildup on them that comes off just with a wet paper towel...so I think washing them and scuffing them up with a light abrasive soap (like Ajax) works well.
Works for me...I can't get the freakin AAE Fastset gelled vanes off! Even with a blade its freakin tough!
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