Whats your favorite electronic cleaner

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  1. jimbo735

    jimbo735 Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm going to do some maintenance on my amps and guitars whats your favorite electronic contact cleaner. And yes I am am aware of high voltages and know how to drain the life out of my amp:)
    I have used crc before but was wondering about some of the other brands,if you think there any better please tell me your experience.Thanks
     
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    I think that Caig De-Oxit is supposed to be good stuff.
     
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    De-Oxit is the best, but I use alot of Radio Shack also just because I can go get it if I run out.

    Know the difference between the Cleaner and the Cleaner/Lubricant, and know where to use or not use each of them.
     
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    We used to use Deoxit back in the day at Xerox before the EPA banned the original formula. All of a sudden we were able to order it again but got questioned if we ordered it too frequently. Turns out they found a loophole by getting it through XCI (Xerox Canada). Come to find out it was $70.00 for a little squeeze bottle with a needle on top to apply it, was a little thicker than machine oil and left a film. You could put a drop on green, corroded pins and the corrosion wiped right off with a Q-tip. We would also use it on push on shielded comm. lines and all your connection/corrosion problems disappeared. I stashed away a couple of bottles before I left and they lasted me about 10 years. The stuff was a forever fix back then.
     
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    Change the pots, don't be lazy, it won't let you down. Most cleaners are corrosive and rot plastics. Use with caution!
     
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    After decades of using just about every cleaner out there, I always thought of them as a quick, sleazy fix that didn't last. DeOxit, on the other hand changed that opinion. Provided that your parts aren't simply worn out, DeOxit does work very well.
     
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    Thank you gentleman I have four pots that a candidates for new and I think the rest are just needing a bath.But will see after there clean.
     
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    alnicopu Friend of Leo's

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    I agree with HarleyJon. Most anything needing cleaning with a cleaner other than blasting out sockets, are too cheap not to just replace and be done with it. Its usually temporary at best. Just keep the old ones for the collector crowd. If I bought a 641/2 mustang I wouldn't expect to get the original points, plugs or tires.
     
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    DeOxit for the pots and tube sockets - and I never clean power switches - only replace when faulty.

    I like to clean PCB's and hand wired boards and connections with regular acetone to get rid of the solder flux - but be careful as some boards will be damaged by acetone.

    I like to put a little DeOxit in the tube sockets on new amp builds and when replacing old tubes as it keeps the connection good and clean over time.
     
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    This is all good solid information to abide by.
    Thank you.
     
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    Radspin Friend of Leo's

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    DeOxit. The stuff is amazing.
     
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    Another vote for DeOxit.
     
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    I use CRC, mostly because its the only thing I can get in town.
     
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    Among the best stuff I can get is Super Servisol 10. Switch cleaning lubricant.
    Haven´t found any plastic that is sensitive to it.
     
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    De-Oxit....although we used CRC on the RR by the truckload.
     
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