Safe pot cleaners and tube socket cleaners and their use.

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  1. corn husk bag

    corn husk bag Silver Supporting Member

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    Hello,
    May you folks identify safe pot cleaners and tube socket cleaners and how to use them? Any info would be much appreciated. I have been told not to use deoxit on pots? Been also told to use cleaner/lubricant from Radio Shack?

    Kind Rregards,
    Steve
     
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    Caig DeOxit D5 works well for everything except Alps sliders. It will hurt some slide pots.

    I use it daily on switches, jacks, rotary pots, tube sockets, molex conx, push-on tabs, everything. Even use it to scrub contaminants off of PCBs. It IS the stuff.

    A very short spray, followed by exercise, work the control or jack a few times. Repeat if needed, but if two attempts to clean don't do the job then it's time to replace. Sometimes a pot will be extremely gunked up, chicken coop amps, or bug units, then flushing will help, but that's rare. Generally, with DeOx, the less you use the better.

    Caig F5 is a lube. You can use it on sliders without causing damage, but it doesn't clean as well and the smooth feel may be compromised. OTOH, it may be better, faster, cheaper than replacing the slider.
     

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