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whats a good potentiometer cleaner ????

Discussion in 'General CB Services Discussion' started by BOOTY MONSTER, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. did some googling on cleaning pots . "Caig Deoxit" is universally recomended . radio shack tv tuner cleaner is a mixed bag and WD-40 is either the best stuff ever or a devils trick depending on which link youre reading . dont really wanna pay $10 a can or more and i already have some WD-40 . i want to clean the pots on the front of my washington and in the bottom of the D104 .

    i knew you folks would know the truth and tell it . what you yall use/recomend ?


     
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  2. MisterFatty

    MisterFatty Poppin Fresh!

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    Never liked using a cleaner/lube, never tried WD40, and if for no other reason I wouldn't because of the lube... any time you have a surface that isn't dry it will collect crap, the crap turns to abrasive, and wears out the component. if your a cheap bastard you can probably improve it with some alcohol (short term until you get proper cleaner).

    Best bet, forget wd40, or any other lube type cleaner, open your wallet/save your pennies, Buy the Deoxit....(y)

    most any tuner cleaner without a lubricant will do, but Deoxit does work well.....

    Just my opinion...
     
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  3. flush

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    I use alcohol injected with a syringe. I work it some then try and flush it with more alcohol. Then a little wd40.
    Does the trick for me.
    (y)
     
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  5. bob85

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    wd40 should be left to rusty gate hinges/locks or cleaning residue left by stickytape,
    it washes the positive coefficient friction grease from the spindles and leaves the pot as slack as a turd in a pisspot, also leaves greasy residue that collects dust,

    imho deoxit in its different forms is the best i have used and worth every penny,
    on connectors i use 100% deoxit then wash it off with iso alchohol and treat with deoxit gold preservative, that stuff even makes expensive hifi interconnects sound better,
    deoxit do fader lube but i aint tried it yet to see how effective it is.
     
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    jazzsinger Bullshit Buster

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    Hi Bob,

    What's the mathematical formula for working out the slackness of a turd in a pisspot?

    Hope its easier to fathom than the astroplane,pmsl.

    WD40 is definately better left for squeaky doors.My money would go on deoxit faderlube or servisol 10.
     
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    Jeez Bob it's lunch time. As for me I use CRC QD Contact Cleaner for my pots whether music instrument or radio it works fine.


    73's
     
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  8. so is this the right stuff to save my pennies for cleaning and lubing pots ? or do i need two seperate products ?
    DeoxIT®, #DN5MS-15
    says itll clean about 150 pots ....
     
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  9. Robb

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    When you buy and try that stuff, you might want to post on thread and give that same stuff a review here.

    I've been using the canned air, I tip the can upside-down and hit th inside of the pot with non-cfc's. Doesn't work too well - but it does work somewhat. I need to get something better myself. I got a few radios that needs some serious pot cleaning too.
     
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  10. as ive said befor , im a poor duck . i plan on getting some in a few weeks . the radio isnt terrible by any means , but i figgure if one needs a good cleaning that they all could benefit . i just wanted to be sure to not use something that would hurt it . ill let yall know how i like it afterwards .

    thanks folks .
     
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    I spent 22 years of my life maintaining commercial radio broadcast equipment including production and on-air audio consoles and refuse to use a cleaner UNLESS it does have a lubrication compound in it.The zero residue cleaners will clean the pots but the fact that they are dry after causes them to wear out prematurely. We had McCurdy slide pots that cost $250 EACH. If cleaner with a lube was good enough for them it's good enough for a $0.99 radio pot. We used, and I still do at home, Nu-Trol Control Cleaner with lube available from any M.G. Chemicals dealer.


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  12. W9WD

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    It's a spray can, so do they include a little straw to shoot the spray into tight places with?
     
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  13. MisterFatty

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    LOL, 33 years in Electronics repair, and mine is just the opposite, although the crappy quality of the lubed cleaner back in the day probably turned me away from using it. Never had any wear out I know of, even though they weren't $250 Pots (y)
     
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  14. W9WD

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    I wish I had known about this stuff.
    I sprayed some electronic cleaning stuff into some pots on a Fender Super Reverb and it froze them up. :headbang
     
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    Yes, I thought they all did.

    EXACTLY what I had happen to me with one of the McCurdy pots when I used the zero residue cleaner by the same manufacturer. Thankfully the McCurdy slide pots could be taken apart, cleaned and lubed and put back together.
     
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