[AMRadio] Pot cleaning 2 cents

Kim Elmore cw_de_n5op at sbcglobal.net
Fri Dec 13 20:32:53 EST 2013

I'm late entering this discussion, but I've used DeOxIt FaderLube in the 
past and been very, very pleased. I've used it on both SS and vintage 
gear and the noise problems vanished completely and have not returned. 
Yes, the stuff is expensive but if it keeps everything going without any 
damage and saves me time (time is my one non-renewable resource) and 
aggravation (which, alas, suffers no shortage), I'm all for it. I've 
also used DeOxIt contact cleaner and lubricant (both flavors) and found 
that it also works as advertised.

Disclaimer: I have no financial interest in whether anyone else uses the 
stuff as I have enough to last the rest of my life -- I'm just a happy user.

Kim N5OP

On 12/12/2013 8:37 AM, CL in NC wrote:
> I'm sure WD40 does a good job, but it does contain a chemical such that, if you are into good fishing reels or guns, you won't use it on them, at least without flushing it out afterwords.  I was told the cutting agent in it is citric acid.  The key to cleaning the pot though is not just a squirt, but a flow as you manipulate the control to wash out all the crud.  I used to use Quietrol with an eyedropper and those controls stayed clean. Repeller tuning pots on a klystron really needed to be smooth to find that sweet spot.  Of course, it worked so well, it had to be banned by the EPA, think it had carbon tet in it.  De-OX-It and Cramolin are the same color as Quietrol and sort of smell the same, but not as good.
> Charlie, W4MEC in NC
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