How do you clean scratchy pedal pots?

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  1. carltonh

    carltonh Member

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    Do you use contact cleaner, WD-40, Air duster, personal lubricant, or what? I guess another question is: How do you clean scratchy guitar and amp pots? Same way?
     
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    My octron has recently picked up a scratchy octive up pot:mad: I was kind of wondering the same thing.
     
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    electronic contact cleaner.
     
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    I looked it up, and it seems expensive if I had to order it by mail. Any place that would carry it, or are there other cheap commonly available things that would work?

    Is Caig De-Oxit very different than other contact cleaners or WD-40?
     
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    My solution is to replace them. If I can't work the scratch out with a bunch of turns and a blast of compressed air it eventually gets replaced.

    Scott:dude
     
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    I picked up a spray can of electric contact cleaner from Radio Shack that
    worked well ~ $9-10.
     
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    yes, the contact cleaner from radio shack will do the job. eventhough its not the best, it will still work pretty good.
     
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    I have some original pre-CBS Fender electrical contact cleaner which sounds way better than any new cheap mass produced product. I've heard that some of the new boutique contact cleaners can sound close, but you can't replicate the aging that comes with 40 years of spraying and cleaning.

    Oh sorry...I'm lying!:)
     
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    I guess I'm wondering the same thing...is WD-40 (the easiest to get ahold of here anyway) work on potentiometers, or is there residue, or worse...can it gum up or ruin pots?
     
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    Thing is, that could be true, not because of the aging part. They used much stronger and better chemicals back in those days. All they cared about was did it do the job, not is it environmentally friendly. All the really good cleaning chemicals have been banned just because they cause cancer or something.:mad:
     
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    I have some old contact cleaner from about 18 years ago. I think it was made by Radio Shack. I dig it out once in a while and it works like a charm.
     
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    DON"T use WD40 to clean pots, its not a cleaner its a LUBRICANT.
    It will gum your stuff up.

    Also, watch out what you get from Radio Crap.
    I got some cleaner there a couple years ago, that did not
    dry.......EVER. It left a layer of sticky redidue....yuck.

    Spend the extra few buck and get the best, no residue
    quick drying stuff you can find, well worth it.
     

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