Dusty scratchy pots.

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by The mind train, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. The mind train

    The mind train

    Jul 15, 2018
    Hi I have a little bit of dusty noise on a couple of my older basses and a LOT on the controls of a little amp I bought for my granddaughter.

    What cleaner is recommended for pots and switches. I've looked at WD40 Specialist Contact Cleaner and Servisol 10 but can't decide which to buy. Are they ok or are there others out there?
  2. I have never used either of those products. You definitely do not want regular WD40! Although it is expensive, I am very happy with Caig DeoxIt. The newer version has an improved nozzle system.
  3. The mind train

    The mind train

    Jul 15, 2018
    Back in the olden days when I worked as an avionics technician-engineer the employer always provided and insisted on Electrolube. It's still available in the UK about the same price as Deoxit.

    Next question: which version of Deoxit is best for this job?
  4. Scottgun


    Jan 24, 2004
    South Carolina
    Before shooting goop into the pots, have you tried just turning them back and forth full range a few times?
    JeroB666 likes this.
  5. The mind train

    The mind train

    Jul 15, 2018
    Oh yes. Clears the guitar controls but the amp controls are seriously noisy
  6. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    If you use a contact cleaner you will want to use Deoxit D5.

    Also use the smallest amount possible. It wouldn't be a bad idea to do a search on TB for the potential problems in using a contact cleaner.
  7. JeroB666


    Dec 22, 2012
    This is literally the one solution that has worked for me for 15 years :roflmao:
  8. Neggit


    Apr 16, 2019
    I shot regular WD40 into mine and the noise was gone.It's safe.they still work great.
  9. The mind train

    The mind train

    Jul 15, 2018
    Thanks everyone for your help. At least I don't have a mouse's nest in my amp (hopefully)