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Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by tomana, May 8, 2012.
I have a noisy potentiometer, what spray cleaner works best?
This one ?
DeoxIT FaderLube F5 Spray
Yep, that's the stuff:
Caig site recommends D100 to clean pots. F5 is for sliding faders and contains a lube for smooth operation. D100 is 100% Deoxit solution with no carriers, lubes or solvents that may adversely affect carbon traces in a pot. D5 is 5% solution with solvents (hard on carbon tracks) and lubes added. The lube may attract dirt, you want zero lube on a carbon track that's why wd40 is the worst thing you can use; it initially cleans fine but quickly attracts dust, etc.
wound up getting a can of ECG Industrial contact cleaner with lube. It's a huge can so if the lube attracts dust, etc I can spray the pot about 500 times before the can runs out. Though it has lube, it is in a somewhat sealed compartment (nestled in wood with a plastic cover).
I blew out all debris so it will be hard for dust to get to the pot and I think the lube will help, not hurt. Would use no lube cleaner though, for amp pots, etc.
Thanks for all the input
This was going to be my advise. I my experience you DO want lube. The reason is that non-lube cleaners simply don't last as long before "static" returns. The lube keeps the pot going longer. And as you say IF it gets dirt in there (not likely as it's pretty much enclosed in the bass cavity) you simply poof it again. Blowing out all debris (which even on expensive basses is often left in the electronics cavity) is a good idea.
Lets face it. The REAL cure for a noisy pot is a NEW pot! control cleaners are really just life extenders so you can't expect phenomenal results, but for me they still seem to usually bring noisy pots back to life for a while.
Sound Synergies Lectricare
Have you tried turning the offending knob back-and-forth 100 times quickly ? I have found in most cases this will solve the problem
I was told to turn it back and forth until it feels like your hands gonna fall off THEN 100 more times. works for me.
If you loop a rubber band around the knob and grab the free end with both hands you can whip your hands back and forth rapidly and get 100 sweeps really quick.