Replacement Pot Woes



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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby crochambeau » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:44 pm

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Pepe wrote:Tell us what you intend to purchase before buying a spray. The right one will be magic!

Whatever they have at the hardware store. CDC qd contact cleaner was what I used


http://www.crcindustries.com/products/q ... 02130.html

I had a quick peek at the other CRC stuff and everything I saw was straight contact cleaner. Don't use that. You want something to deposit a silicone lubricant that will reduce wear. I use Caig Deoxit or MG Chemicals 404B.
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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby DRodriguez » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:11 pm

Well, you can use it, but also dry it and then add lubricant.

DeOxit fader is magic for this
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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby crochambeau » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:39 pm

DRodriguez wrote:Well, you can use it, but also dry it and then add lubricant.


Good point. My initial google search for "pot lube" opens up a few time sink rabbit holes though.
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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby JonnyAngle » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:11 pm

Wow. So i was doing it pretty wrong then. I bought some deodorant fader lube. That might do the trick. It’s coming in on Friday so wait on bated breath
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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby Pepe » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:54 am

I threw my standard contact cleaners away when I found out what to use instead for what purpose.

FYI, if you might need it someday: push potentiometers (faders) can be properly cleaned with isopropyl spray and then you have to add a bit of vaseline spray. Bye bye, crackling sounds! (Did also work great with the drawbars of my vintage KORG BX-3 organ.)

And while we're at it: most jacks don't need a replacement if they are simply dirty. My standard procedure is to apply pure isopropyl alcohol on a trumpet mouthpiece brush and swirl it inside the crackling jack. So many used pedals arrived with unreliable contacts at my home. All of them work like new again.
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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby crochambeau » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:21 am

Pepe wrote:And while we're at it: most jacks don't need a replacement if they are simply dirty. My standard procedure is to apply pure isopropyl alcohol on a trumpet mouthpiece brush and swirl it inside the crackling jack.


.223 cleaning brushes work wonders as well, probably easier to find in a hardware store stateside.
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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby MechaGodzilla » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:28 am

It's hard to find real deoxit over here. Does anyone know if there's an equivalent product that's easier to find?
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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby crochambeau » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:24 am

MechaGodzilla wrote:It's hard to find real deoxit over here. Does anyone know if there's an equivalent product that's easier to find?


Link us your usual supplier or region...
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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby MechaGodzilla » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:42 pm

Oh I'm in the UK and I've just finished a can of WD40 branded contact cleaner (used to stop my mustang switches sticking/mitigate wahwah scratchiness)
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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby crochambeau » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:57 pm

MechaGodzilla wrote:Oh I'm in the UK and I've just finished a can of WD40 branded contact cleaner (used to stop my mustang switches sticking/mitigate wahwah scratchiness)


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Caig-DeOxit-Co ... JAFPVHECGR
https://www.amazon.co.uk/CAIG-DeoxIT-Fa ... FNBB78T9SG

??

Seems a bit steep, but less by far than a bunch of pot replacements.

Could go with something like this, but I'd want to consult the MSDS if you're aiming it at conductive plastic pots..

http://uk.farnell.com/pro-power/ppc110/ ... dp/1206544
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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby MechaGodzilla » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:04 pm

Yeah, the wd40 stuff (NOT the wd40 spray, just a branded electrical contact cleaner) was like £5 and lasted over a year, so 20-25 for a similar quantity of deoxit seems too steep. Maybe I need to go to a DJ tech shop and ask about what people use on old analogue mixers.

Good pots are really expensive. I have an SG that needs new guts. 4xCTS pots, and switchcraft jack & switch and I'm looking at ~£50 posted from UK suppliers. It's enough to make a man buy alpha!
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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby Pepe » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:19 pm

As tuner spray I use Teslanol Oszillin T6. It is pretty cheap. Maybe you can purchase it or something very similar in the UK.
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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby multi_s » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:51 pm

crochambeau wrote:I recently had to offset another mounting point inside of a build, and to do so utilized the pots as mounting points for structural members. You could do something similar with a hole punch and some old beer cans.

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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby BetterOffShred » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:31 pm

That's a lot of dual gang pots. :drool:

What kind of devilry is this?
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Re: Replacement Pot Woes

Postby crochambeau » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:10 am

Haha, thanks! I posted about it here: viewtopic.php?f=151&t=3277&start=5310
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