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WD40 for Switch

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by GLee94, Mar 10, 2020.

  1. mbr

    mbr TDPRI Member

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    Assuming the switch isn't worn out, use a contact cleaner first. Deoxit is expensive for a small can.
    I just got an amp for cheap cuz all the pots had noise and were cutting out. I got WD40 Specialist Contact Cleaner, not the regular WD40. It's half the price and twice the size of Deoxit, and it cleaned up the pots just fine. Also, your local hardware will probably have it.
     
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  2. bender66

    bender66 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm not even sure WD40 is considered a lubricant. Not something i'd use on my bike let alone guitar internals. I won't even get started on potential ruined finishes.
     
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  3. moosie

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    If you do need a new switch, get a CRL (three-way) or Oak-Grigsby (four-way, 5-way superswitch). These are the gold standard, and not very expensive. What's $13 over thirty years...
     
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  4. SPUDCASTER

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    Any electronic contact cleaner that leaves no residue.

    If replacing the switch, go CRL.

    I only use the CRL 3way and 5way switches. If I want the series position for a Tele. I do the Deaf Eddie mod with a push/pull and CRL 3way.
     
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  5. mfguitar

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    Before you jump ahead and spray or replace your switch do a good visual inspection. If the wiper on the switch is worn in that position then a replacement is in order. You should be able to see if good contact is being made, if it looks dirty or corroded then a little cleaner may be in order.
     
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    My dad used it as starter fluid for cold diesels.
     
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  7. archetype

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    Get the switch, anyway. You've already taken note of why you need a spare on hand.
     
  8. GLee94

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    will do! I sprayed some crc cleaner and moved the switch back and forth a few times and it did the trick. I will order a CRL to have on deck as I'm sure it's only a matter of time before the switch takes its last breath haha. Thanks for the help guys!
     
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    For some strange reason, trout are attracted to WD-40. A little on a fly or lure, and they can't resist. I learned that from a game warden who saw a can in my tackle box and grilled me about it. I only used it for a old reel. But. After he left, I tried it. I had a cutthroat on the line in less than a minute. Weird.
     
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    All of the collective wisdom says to never use WD40 to clean electronics --- HOWEVER, one of the best electronics techs I ever met used it all the time to clean sliders and pots and switches and swore by it. He always said that whatever small lubrication quality it has, evaporates really quickly and it's more of a solvent/cleaner than it is a lubricant (it's main design purpose is to displace water). I've tried it to clean pots and switches and it does seem to work but it leaves a smell I wouldn't want to have in my instruments or electronics so I choose not to use it. And besides, I've still got a few bottles of the original Cramolin Red from 40-50 years ago (the real stuff) and that really does work wonders on switches and pots and any sort of electrical connection.
     
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    I'm an old tech, and after all these decades of fixing electronics, only use a specific contact cleaner, not a product that is general purpose and does a bit of everything..otherwise replace the switch or pot or whatever.
     
  13. charlie chitlin

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    Billy Zoom swears by wd40 for pots and switches.
    He knows his stuff.
     
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    Deoxit D5 ...great stuff...
     
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    So what is WD40 good for?
     
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    It was originally developed as a rust preventative, but it works pretty good as a penetrating oil. Beyond that, be careful - it does get sticky and attract dirt and gunk.
     
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    WD40 do make a 'Specialist Contact Cleaner' - but that ain't it.
    Please use a switch and contact cleaner on a switch or potentiometer.
    Using a penetrating de-watering fluid like WD40 will flush all the special lubricants out; it also attacks and dissolves a number of plastics.
    For example "Servisol Super 10 Switch and Contact Cleaner" or "Electrolube EML Contact Cleaner Lubricant"
     
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    I'd use WD-40 Dry Lube PTFE , but I don't think just lubing the switch is going to solve your problem.
     
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    WD-40 is a good fish attractant, like most said deoxit or new switch
     
  20. ron tramel

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    WD works to Dry Out a Wet Distributer and is not actually a Lube.
    Contact Cleaners are OK as a temporary fix for a pot or switch. Beware the cleaners with lube in em. There are cleaners that do work if the contacts arent worn out or a pot still has a carbon trail and not cracked or worn away. A real Fender Switch is not expensive and the best option. Just make sure to draw a schematic of tge wiring. Beware the cheap crappy circuit board switches they are a was of money.
    Replace it.
     
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