Pedalboard Cleaning Day

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  1. Ulug

    Ulug Member

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    Folks, I think it's time I gave my pedals a good clean-up, and will go for it this weekend. Will take the back plates / covers off of everything and give'em some compressed air, scrape off any signs of oxidation on jacks with steel wool, spray some contact cleaner here and there as needed, possibly resolder a couple of things (like the battery socket in my ancient Fuzz Face, which seems to be hanging by a thread now), and perhaps replace some of the patch cables. What do y'all usually do when you're in the mood for an overall spring cleaning on those old stompers? Anything I'm missing?
     
  2. 6Tones

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    I take mine on vacation, maybe to the islands ..a change of scenery is nice for them :)


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  3. Chandyland

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    Sounds pretty thorough to me. You might also vacuum your pedalboard, as Velcro collects a ton of dust over time.

    And if you have any rack gear with cooling fans (or anything with cooling fans) make sure to hold the fans still while you blast the thing with compressed air. Same principle applies to cleaning a desktop computer.
     
  4. AudioWonderland

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    Have your multimeter ready when you assemble. Inevitably something will die when disturbed
     
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    crxshdxmmy Supporting Member

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    In seven+ years, other than a quick wipedown, I'm not sure I've ever "cleaned" a pedalboard.
     
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    I do mine yearly. Prevents a lot of problems that can result from lots of travel
     
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    I break it down and reassemble..prevents oxidation on jacks...
     
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    I don't even do a quick wipedown. Uh oh.
     
  9. Prince

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    Shaving brushes are great for a quick dusting. I also use packaging tape to get all the hair/fuzz out of the velcro. Lint roller works too. And compressed air is great too for the nooks and crannies.

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  10. TheoDog

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    Dual lock only where the pedals go eliminates the velcro Petrie dish.
    Tidy cable runs and logical power cable routing are tops for me.

    I am a stickler for lining up switches and not letting pedals get cockeyed

    When I get everything stuck and zip tied, I give the whole rig a little faux abuse by jiggling cables and plugs, physically shaking the whole unit, and some practice tunes with gig footwear to verify I am ready to reliably rock.
     
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    Goo Gone & Windex
     
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    I used a battery powered leaf blower on mine last weekend :cool:
     
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    and get rid of that mojo?? pfttt! yeah right!
     
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    I try to do a cleaning during a pedal swap, but sometimes that stretches out to be quite some time. With my bicycle link mounting method and tight arrangement, I usually have to remove a few pedals just to replace one.
     
  15. Ulug

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    Cleaning over. Everything's good as new. Should be fine for a couple of years now. Thanks for the input y'all.
     

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