A plate vice should not require any special care, and can be cleaned and stored easily.
Eventually, a plate vice that has been well-used may break, snap or become deformed. This is the result of natural wear and tear through use. A broken plate vice can’t be repaired, so you will need to purchase a new one if yours should break.
To increase the lifespan of your plate vice, wipe it down after each use with rubbing alcohol and a soft, clean cloth. As rubbing alcohol evaporates much quicker than water, it is an effective alternative for cleaning metal tools, which won’t leave any residual moisture behind.
Always keep within the suggested measurements during use. Attempting to use a plate vice to hold a larger workpiece than is recommended could result in cracking or bending of the vice, and a dropped workpiece should the vice fail.
Never try to force items of the wrong size or shape through your plate vice’s grip ports, or attempt to reshape or resize existing grip ports in order to house items with larger dimensions than intended – this could induce stress or weaken the overall structure.
Always treat your plate vice with care – don’t drop, throw, bend or step on it!