Can/should electrical contact cleaner be used on tube sockets from time to time?

Discussion in 'Amps/Cabs Tech Corner: Amplifier, Cab & Speakers' started by SoCalSteve, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. SoCalSteve

    SoCalSteve Member

    Messages:
    2,285
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2005
    Location:
    Left Coast
    Is it a good idea? Is it okay to spray directly into the socket pin holes?
     
  2. otaypanky

    otaypanky Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,787
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2006
    Location:
    the Northern Neck of Virginia
  3. Blue Strat

    Blue Strat Member

    Messages:
    30,036
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2002
    Location:
    Sterling, VA (not far from Washington DC)
  4. V846

    V846 Member

    Messages:
    322
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2003
    Location:
    Enfield, CT
    Don't use cleaner that has a lubricant , I use a dental brush and 99% isopropyl to clean dirty sockets as it leaves no residue and no spray flying all over the amp if not careful with aerosols.
     
  5. rockon1

    rockon1 Member

    Messages:
    11,468
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2005
    Location:
    Stamford CT
    Thanks Mike.

    From the KCA NOS site (for those that are lazy....)


    Q: Is there anything I can do about noisy or intermittent tubes?

    A: Try cleaning the tube's pins and your tube socket. Get a spray cleaner like De-Oxit or other tuner cleaner. If all else fails, the tuner cleaner sold by Radio Shack will work fine. Spray some cleaner on your tube pins, insert the tube into your amp socket, remove, insert, etc....about 6 times. This will clean oxidation on your tube pins and in your socket. This often eliminates tube "noise" and intermittent operation..
     
  6. SoCalSteve

    SoCalSteve Member

    Messages:
    2,285
    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2005
    Location:
    Left Coast
  7. 59Vampire

    59Vampire Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    4,230
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2005
    hmmm i may try this!
     
  8. Gary F.

    Gary F. Member

    Messages:
    417
    Joined:
    May 6, 2004
    Location:
    Baltimore
    Is that De-Oxit D5 or another variant?

    thanks-

    gary
     
  9. Blue Strat

    Blue Strat Member

    Messages:
    30,036
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2002
    Location:
    Sterling, VA (not far from Washington DC)

    Whichever one doesn't include lubricant...though in a pinch, I don't really see too many negatives of the lubricant version. They also have something called Pro Gold which is designed for tube pins and connectors.
     
  10. TweeDLX

    TweeDLX Member

    Messages:
    3,778
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2008
    Location:
    Port Angeles, Washington
  11. Seakayak

    Seakayak Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,459
    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2006
    Location:
    New Mills, N.B.
    I was going to use copper de-soldering braid (if you twist it, its a perfect wire brush for sockets), but I realised how dangerous this might be if caps are not discharged, and if bits of copper are left behind.

    Cant use q-tips or any cloth, I'll end up contaminating with little plastic fibers.

    Its extremely cold outside, -14F - so I'm not going out in the shop with my amp, and I can't use the contact cleaner I have inside the house, contains hexane, ethanol, etc... Just wanted to get this done. Sockets are filthy.
     
  12. cap47

    cap47 Member

    Messages:
    2,243
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Location:
    Bushnell, FL
    [​IMG] These can be used too! D5 Deoxit is what I use, has some lub in it but F5 has more and is not for sockets!
     

Share This Page