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can't find any potentiometer cleaner

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bassmeknik, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Hi all, I just ran out of my spray cleaner for cleaning scratchy/noisy pots. Looking at the MCM and Parts-Express websites I see lots of cleaners but none are recommended for cleaning pots. I got my last can years ago and the label is gone. I need a can of pot cleaner, can anyone with electronic service background recommend a product that is advertised for use on noisy/scratchy pots?

    If none of these products are advertised as for cleaning pots then what are you using?
  2. Deoxit is what you want. I use the fader lube.
  3. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    I've used electrical contact cleaner in the past. I've never seen a dedicated pot cleaner...

    The only specialist application I can see in this sort of realm is something that cleans sliding potentiometers (such as those on the EQ section of an amp) as you don't want a product that removes the grease that holds the faders in place.

    Trust me, I cleaned an Arion EQ pedal with contact cleaner and after that the sliders all moved in a light breeze...

    There is also the train of thought that contact cleaner only works for a while, as it makes a 'muck soup' that eventually evaoprates and re-deposits the crud in a different place.

    Biggest success I had was using tiny screwdrivers to pull a potentiometer to pieces. I then cleaned the carbon track with an eraser. I did this to a vintage amp that had unusual pots (56k inverse log taper anybody?) but crackled beyond being usable. The amp works perfectly now, and has done for the last two years since I cleaned the pots. Delicate work to say the least!
  4. prd004


    Dec 3, 2010

    I just cleaned 795 pots, switches, jacks, and faders on my old Soundcraft mixing board this weekend. A lot of work but worth it, sounds almost dead silent now
  5. thanks I have now found a few old threads as well, same info... Thank you TBers
  6. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Caig DeoxIT red followed by DeoxIT Fader.
  7. This Deoxit is for pots and contacts, Fader Lube is for Faders never you a contact spray for faders.
  8. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Got a Radio Shack near you? They sell it.
  9. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    You missed one. I'm not gonna tell you which, either,:bag:
  10. Zephrant


    Dec 10, 2013
    Spokane, WA
    Home Depot sells CRC contact cleaner. A few drops of that worked wonders on some old pots while I waited for my $24 bottle if Deoxit to come in.
  11. My walmart has the crc stuff in the auto section
  12. Pearly Gator

    Pearly Gator

    Dec 10, 2005
  13. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    You must be doing allright if you have your own Walmart!
  14. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Radio Shack used to sell a blue tuner contact cleaner that people would use on their amps. It would leave a thick coat of sticky stuff that ruined a lot of amp pots.
  15. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    It also helps to use "Dust Off" or any of the other office supply canned air to try to clear out any particles before you use Deoxit or CRC in order to prevent 'mud'. Just be careful and spray it at an upright level to avoid the 'freeze' thing. Try a couple of test sprays.
  16. This is what I use, but I'm sure the DeOxit cleaner is pretty similar:

  17. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Not sure what the RS product is. There are a lot of different products that clean and lubricate pots. There are also circuit washes that remove gunk. One of the things that Deoxit does so well is safely dissolve oxidation, hence the name. I've tried many different product and haven't found one that works better. It is very expensive though.
  18. But god the lines......
  19. repoman


    Aug 11, 2011
    Kinderhook NY
    Just bought a can of Deoxit at the local Radio Shack for $18...emptied my last can on the inners of a 1985 Fender BXR series amp, this stuff is the only way to go IMHO