Best way to clean a pedal...?

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  1. teestone

    teestone Mostly Regular Member Silver Supporting Member

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    What's the best way to clean a pedal?

    Contact cleaner, compressed hair, lightweight brush....?

    I had a number of pedals go on hiatus while I experimented with modelers.

    Now that I'm back to using them I feel some might be in need of a refreshing clean up.
     
  2. CaptainAwesome

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    I'd go with the Compressed Hair. :D

    Seriously though, I'd maybe wipe them down with a very damp cloth and see if they work...odds are good you don't need to mess with the pots or footswitch unless they've been exposed to moisture or excessive dust.

     
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    Deoxit 100 spray is great for scratch pots and jacks. Use sparingly.
     
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    Probably dishwasher safe.

    :p
     
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    Before putting them in the dishwasher put them in a microwave with a slice of lemon - the steam will loosen the dirt and make it easier For the dishwasher to take it off.
     
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    Simple green and a small amount of lye soap for the tough stains.
     
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    Are you saying they don't work anymore or you're just trying to past the time cleaning pedals for the fun of it?


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  9. teestone

    teestone Mostly Regular Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Compressed hair!! HA!!! I'm leaving it...

    Damn fat fingers on an iPhone....

    But seriously...the pedals work...the Wah has a scratchy pot and the switch sometimes doesn't engage...intermittent would be a good explanation. The Vibe pedal has an issue with the rate knob. Doesn't start where it's set. You have to rotate the full sweep to get it to catch up with itself....weird...figured it's dirty.

    They were all packed away with bubble wrap and in boxes for a couple years...well protected.
     
  10. bigdeal

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    deoxit for pots, switches and jacks. spray a little in the little notch in the back of the pot and turn the pot back and forth a few times. spray a little on metal contact areas of switch or jack, clean with q-tips and use a file if necessary. q-tips and paper towels with windex on the outside of the case, naphtha for more stubborn gooey residue.
     
  11. jdel77

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    Remember the guy who asked about polishing his pedals? He was serious too...
     
  12. teestone

    teestone Mostly Regular Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm serious as a heart attack....

    I'd rather clean them myself than have to send in and pay for repairs. Seems logical. No?

    Now polishing for esthetic purposes...yeah...pretty extreme...not at all what I'm talking about here. But thank you for the useless contribution to this thread.
     
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    I think candletears7 is referring to a different thread, not yours.
     
  14. jdel77

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    Calm down mate. I was referring to another thread.

     
  15. teestone

    teestone Mostly Regular Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I stand by my objection..

    I know nothing of the thread you refer to...therefore, your contribution here is useless.

    I just want to know how to clean out a pedal that may have a little age on/in it.
     
  16. PurpleJesus

    PurpleJesus Gold Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I've used "goo gone" to get rid of velcro glue and a little rubbing alcohol can do wonders for knobs and stuff.

    I take really good care of my pedals too, some folks just aren't as ocd about it...obviously ;)
     

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