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best cleaner for pots?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Dr. PhunkyPants, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. Dr. PhunkyPants

    Dr. PhunkyPants Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    I have some scratch going on in both my jazz bass pots as well as the gain and master knobs on my SWR Bass 350.

    Can any of the wise elders suggest a suitable cleaning product (and if possible, where I might obtain it?) Thank you in advance.....
  2. Contact cleaner- radio shack should have that....
    I've also used wd40... And it reallllly helps loosen up the pots/ lubricate them as well as gets rid of the noise.
    If these don't work, then just replace the pots, there's plenty of information on here how to do that, and if you can't find anything, just ask! :) Good luck!

  3. Skips


    Feb 19, 2003
    I remember reading that wd-40 and rubbing alcohol were very bad for pots, but I don't remember why.
  4. I've never tried rubbing alchohol, but wd40 has served me well.
  5. Skips


    Feb 19, 2003
    the benifit from alcohol is that it evaporates very fast, and won't rust anything.
  6. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Do not spray anything on printed circuit boards. The silicon in the spray will ruin the boards. Pots can go bad from use. When they are bad, change them! if you spray chemicals on them, you can ruin the rest of the circuit.
  7. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    palmolive. it softens your hands while you're cleaning them. if there's a lot of grease then brillo works really well.
  8. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    An album cover and a credit card...
  9. I've been using Servisol super 10 switch cleaning lubricant- using the supplied tube to spray into the pot.
    also use it for cleaning jack sockets and plugs.

    no problems so far.
  10. :D
  11. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    The Best Cleaner for Pots is Caig DeoxIt

    More Information

    Everyone knows Caig is the best,
    I'm amazed that it hasn't been mentioned until now.
  12. Dr. PhunkyPants

    Dr. PhunkyPants Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    I seem to remember someone recommending this to me...I looked at the website and there are quite a few applicators--large spray, small spray, needle applicator, and some others. Is one better than the others for pots?

    Thanks again...
  13. Get one with a straw or a needle... you need to be able to shoot it into the small hole in the back of the pot, so go with that. (straw similar to wd40 is good! :) )

  14. adolganov


    Jan 15, 2004
    Let me point you that the new pot costs less than any cleaner and lasts more :)
  15. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    You can always tell the old farts in any crowd... :D
  16. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Hey, anybody got a copy of the White Album?

  17. Servisol super 10 goes for £2.50 at Maplin.

    also changing a pot may not be that simple- especially if it's soldered to the circuit board.
  18. adolganov


    Jan 15, 2004
    A pot is still cheaper ;)
  19. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Is it cheaper than 10 pots?

  20. adolganov


    Jan 15, 2004
    Ain't no 10 pots on my bass :D