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Taildragger
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Jul 19th, 2017 08:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm out.

Please recommend your favorite one for cleaning pots. My local Radio Shack closed and the independent electronics store in town wants $22 for a tiny little spray can.

I'm thinking that a mechanical (hand pump) spray bottle makes sense since it's not a substance that one uses a tremendous quantity of over a short period of time (unless you run a repair shop): I'd expect a gas propellant to slowly leak out the nozzle before I'd use up the solvent contents.

Ideas? Recommendations?

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Jul 20th, 2017 06:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I buy DeoxIT DP5 up here from our local music shop. It has a pump valve. It wasn't cheap - about $20 / can.

Taildragger
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Jul 20th, 2017 09:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So maybe that's just the kind of price it goes for these days. Dang. It's been awhile since I bought some.

Thanks, Sharkie.

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Jul 20th, 2017 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FDP Forum sponsor AES above sells it for 13.95 but it must be shipped. I buy it when I need other things from the wholesale division CE Distribution.

Most GC stores keep it in stock.

This is the best stuff out there IMO for pot cleaning.

DeoxIT D5 fron AES

Taildragger
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Jul 20th, 2017 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That looks more like a price I can live with.

Thanks, Hammond101.

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Jul 20th, 2017 11:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

$14.95 with free shipping if you have amazon prime or have a friend who does.

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Jul 22nd, 2017 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Deoxit D5

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Jul 22nd, 2017 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Home Depot and Lowe's sells CRC products alongside the tools and wire nuts in the electrical aisle. I like the CRC QD stuff.

I've always had good results with CRC and Deoxit products.

You can also find these products at any auto parts store in the electrical aisle along with the gazillion bulbs they usually have in stock.

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Jul 22nd, 2017 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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ejm

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Jul 23rd, 2017 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You didn't say where you are, so we don't know what stores might be in your area.

Radio Shack still has a web site.
In addition, there are still some stores open.
There is one near me (in the LA area), but for some reason it doesn't show up on their store locator.

I was told one time that the key characteristic that you want in a pot cleaner is "safe for plastics". That is what I go by when looking for a cleaner.


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Jul 23rd, 2017 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Radio Shack still has a web site.
In addition, there are still some stores open."

Closest one to me is an 82-mile round trip: hardly worth it.

"I was told one time that the key characteristic that you want in a pot cleaner is 'safe for plastics'. That is what I go by when looking for a cleaner."

Good point: that's something I'll keep in mind. Thanks.



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Jul 23rd, 2017 09:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's a video from Wampler showing his method and what he uses (CRC cleaner).

Cleaning pots in a pedal the Wampler way

ejm

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Jul 23rd, 2017 09:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And.......a Wampler video cleaning the pots on a booteek amp.
Well, maybe not booteek. ;>))

Wampler pot cleaning on an amplifier

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Jul 25th, 2017 02:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't we have to make sure that we don't degrease the shaft? Why hosing it down is not good?

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Jul 25th, 2017 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep. "Safe for plastics" and "contains no lubricant."

Any spray cleaner that leaves behind a lubricant will result in noisy controls (especially pedals) in a much shorter timeframe. The reason is the lubricant--usually mineral oil--remains 'wet' and that allows dust and grime to stick, rather than bounce off.

It's the same as blasting a lock with WD40: bad juju. You need a cleaner that completely evaporates or leaves no sticky residue.

CRC QD is widely available. Ace Hardware carries it too.

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Jul 25th, 2017 07:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Any spray cleaner that leaves behind a lubricant will result in noisy controls (especially pedals) in a much shorter time frame."

Good to know: my immediate need is to try to de-scratchify my old wah pedal.

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Jul 25th, 2017 07:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ah...especially a wah pedal because it's open on top (dirt and crap gets in there really easily).

If you can spring for the ~$15 or so, consider replacing the pot. Dunlop sells 'em. They're called "Hot Potz" and they're available in all Ohms ratings...even for Sho Bud volume pedals. Shop around online, because the price runs from about $15 to $30 for the same item, depending on the vendor.

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Jul 29th, 2017 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Those Hot Potz are sealed pots. They still wear out though!

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Jul 29th, 2017 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think I have one of those Hot Potz in my parts bin, but I thought I'd see if the original pot would clean up before replacing it. It's a very clean old Thomas Organ, patent-pending one from the late 1960s so maybe the replacing the original pot might make it less collectable. Or not.

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Jul 30th, 2017 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's always worth a try to clean up the original to see if it's good. It might just be crud in there causing the noise.

Best way to clean 'em is

1. Engage safety squints (put on some goggles).

2. Use an air compressor or pressurized duster to blow out any crud.

3. Blast the inside of the pot with spray cleaner. A one-second blast is plenty. Wampler uses too dang much, but he's a zillionaire and can afford it.

4. Repeat step 2.

5. Repeat step 3.

6. Repeat step 2.

7. Test it and see if that did fixed the problem.

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