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Grease for Pots?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by MostlyBass, Dec 31, 2012.


  1. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

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    I have a VT bass pedal that I cleaned with DeOxit. The pots now turn VERY easily - too easy. Can I use something like lithium grease to put in the pot to add resistance to the turning?

    Thanks!
     
  2. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

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  3. JustDavid

    JustDavid

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    To give more resistance to rotation, I've heard of people removing the knob, using a black hair elastic & wrapping it multiple times around the pot shaft, then restoring the knob. Varying the # of wraps &/or how far down you secure the knob to tune the resistance. I haven't tried it but it seems like something that would work, perhaps quite well.
     
  4. RickenBoogie

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    DO NOT use grease, as it will attract dirt, and cause more problems.
     
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  6. megafiddle

    megafiddle

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    There is no easy way to restore the original turning resistance. It's usually an extremely
    viscous fluid between the shaft and bushing. Not even sure how you would get it in there.

    I have a small vial of silicone fluid. If I turn it upside down, it takes hours to flow down.
     
  7. NelsonNelson

    NelsonNelson

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    Before I even read the entire post I was gonna say lithium grease.
     
  8. DannDubblewe

    DannDubblewe Knob Wrangler

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  9. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

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    Thank you for the replies!
     
  10. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

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    If some sort of viscous fluid was originally used, shouldn't I be able to add some? What about silicone grease?

    Thank you!
     

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