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Contact/Control cleaner for potentiometer

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basslover

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I have a 15 year old speaker that crackles and distorts whenever I turn the volume knob. What is the best place to purchase a control cleaner for cleaning these? Are these available in local hardware or electronic stores? Or should I buy them on Amazon? Any recommended brands?
 
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sadik

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Follow as shown in photo



But this is not a permanent solution. I would recommend you to change the potentiometer with a good brand such as "Alps". You can buy the same from theaudiocrafts
 

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I've used DeoxIT, TriboCor, OKS contact cleaners. All work as expected.

I remember importing DeoxIT but you need to shell out a bit more. If you can find one locally, go ahead. Else look for any of the above including CRC contact cleaners online or in your local electronic stores.
 

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Isopropyl alcohol. 100% safe and does not leave any residue.
Available at the chemist.
 

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Isopropyl alcohol. 100% safe and does not leave any residue.
Available at the chemist.
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I'd like to throw my support behind the answers which recommend propyl alcohol, as I have had excellent results.

In my case, I used a mixture of 91% Propyl alcohol and acetone (2:1 alcohol to acetone ratio)
This originally was to remove flux, but I discovered it also makes a GREAT contact cleaner!

A little alcohol dripped into the pot, twisting the shaft a few times, then drying the excess with a hairdryer - worked wonders for me.
 

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Thanks for all suggestions, guys. An electronics store recommended WD40 but this stackexchange answer discourages its use. What are your opinions?



Does it come with a spray straw?
WD40 is like a lubricant. It displaces the water/moisture but doesn't clean anything. Don't ever use it to clean any electronic part.

Regards
Sachin
 
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