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Cleaning contacts - what tool to use and what type of cleaner? removing oxidation?
Old 9th September 2012
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Cleaning contacts - what tool to use and what type of cleaner? removing oxidation?

Hey Slutz,

So I've heard a couple of different contact cleaning products mentioned however all of these posts seem to be lost in between all kinds of threads so I wanted to let these questions stand alone and find out what people use:

1. What type of chemical cleaner do you se to clean contacts?
2. Do you use anything special for gold and silver plated contacts?
3. What type of tool do you use to clean TRS inputs?
4. Is there any proven way to remove oxidation from within a TRS input without damaging those bits that are gold/silver plated?
5. Any tool for cleaning female/input XLR?

As the amount of my equipment grows I am finding that I have an inordinate amount of inputs and most of them are attached to used gear. I would like to find out the best way for input hygiene that will not deteriorate the plating or the device itself.
The right tool for the job would be handy apart from just picking the right chemical since who wants to spend a whole weekend on the job every few months or so.

Gonzo Fist,
BOP
Old 9th September 2012
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I like de oxit. Everything just sounds a little clearer to my ears once I've had a good cleaning session with it.
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Caig DeoxIT here too. Always keep a can around. Caig Gold for gold contacts.
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caig blasts almost everything. i use it on audio stuff and other things around the house.

remember your favorite Nintendo cartridge that just wouldn't play well? caig to the rescue!
Old 10th September 2012
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What do you use to actually wipe inside the connector?
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What do you use to actually wipe inside the connector?
A clean lint-free cloth or swab. Caig also sells these products.

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Old 10th September 2012
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I have a drawer full of different "contact" cleaners, but the one I use most is Deoxit D5. I also have a couple bottles of denatured alcohol that I use on a Q-tip for metal pin connectors (XLR) and cleaning off rosin when soldering.

Dennis
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Deoxit

99% rubbing alcohol

Flit metal polish

If you want an eye opener, use some flit to clean every connector in your chain; that physical mung on your connector has an audio component.
Old 13th September 2012
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So no specialised tools out there?

This is something that (like most of us) I always improvised but I simply realised that I have so much cleaning to do that I rather invest in a tool even if it just means getting the job done in an hour instead of a whole day.

An applicator is ok but what I had in mind is something shaped like a TRS connector that absolutely, positively makes sure there is no residue left inside.

Something similar for XLR would be great too. Sure you can use a toothpick with some cotton and whatnot but if you have 100 inputs and then all of female ends on all of your cables to sort out?

I am going to order Deoxit soon. I always used rubbing alcohol but it has failed me in the past, it works to a degree but I want crystal clear and no oxidation. Will see how well Deoxit works.

GS Gang Signs,
BOP
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So no specialised tools out there?
a long time ago, I bought a thing that essentially looks like a solid metal military jack made for cleaning patchbays. I still have it in some drawer I think.

it does not seem to have any 'texture' to the surface, the metal feels perhaps a bit harder than the actual plug and of course it has no wire

the idea was you spray the jack with your cleaner of choice, insert this thing and twist it around. (it had a knurled gripping surface for your hand, but no knurling on the contact part)

I don't know how it was supposed to be any different from just spraying the jack and exercising an ordinary patch cord in there, but I was warned not to 'overuse' it

for cleaning the plugs themselves, I like steel wool - the kind with no soap, of course



I used give my interns the job of cleaning the patch cords. I would toss them the box and say: "to be a recording engineer, you need Golden Ears and ...

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So no specialised tools out there?
Patchbay Burnishing Probes & Solvent Injectors Cable Assembly Tools at Markertek.com
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Deoxit

99% rubbing alcohol

Flit metal polish

If you want an eye opener, use some flit to clean every connector in your chain; that physical mung on your connector has an audio component.
Does Flit play well with gold plated inputs?

Edit: Yeah you need brass balls to sell real estate... oh wait... Anyway - steel wool? for real? that seems a bit excessive. I use steel wool on guitars but even the finest wool would make quick work of the plating on a connector, no?
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