Deoxit vs. CRC Contact Cleaner vs ?

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  1. AudCrshDumy

    AudCrshDumy Well-Known Member

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    Well, I'm about to embark on my 1st deoxit attempt on my Marantz 1250 vol pot. Is this stuff different/better than contact cleaner ?
     

     

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  2. Urizen

    Urizen Lunatic Member

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    Accept no substitute. :)
     
  3. AudCrshDumy

    AudCrshDumy Well-Known Member

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    I hear that...will read the deox Thread too b4 hand.
     
  4. Chatta

    Chatta Active Member

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    It looks like the deoxit has more good reviews, (or a better marketing campaign)
     
  5. austi15

    austi15 Super Member

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    I haven't tried any other, but DeOxit works great for me.
     
  6. poseidon8118

    poseidon8118 Active Member

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    I use CRC QD Contact Cleaner with great success. I would like to try Deoxit in the near future to see which I like better.
     

     

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  7. archie2

    archie2 Addicted Member

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    I've used CFC with good results. And it sprays upside down. But I use DexoIT exclusively now.
     
  8. RickB

    RickB On the Road to Find Out

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    Actually, Caig's FaderLube is the best thing to use on pots and moving contacts....or at least use it after using the DeoxIt....

    In the nearly five decades that I've been messing with electronics, the Caig solutions are the best things that I have found that's still around since the demise of Cramolin and Freon TF solvents...man, I miss the days of buying a 30lb. jug of R-11 for twenty bucks or so...I used to use that stuff like water....
     
  9. AAA3330

    AAA3330 Super Member

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    I'm not comparing this to Deoxit by Caig, because I've never used the Deoxit brand, but I've been using a product called "Jiffy Bath contact cleaner" by "GC Electronics" for quite some time and have always had excellent results, so see no reason to change. At my local distributer, the Deoxit brand is six times as much as the GC, which is important to me because I go through a lot of it.
     
  10. dew042

    dew042 Honky Tonk Hero Subscriber

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    CRC Contact Cleaner dries up and is gone, Deoxit leaves a residue to condition and prevent corrosion. They are really different.

    dew.
     
  11. mfhale

    mfhale Super Member

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    I've used both to good effect. DeOxit may be better at preventing future outbreaks, but nothing ever stays in use long enough for me to have judged it.
     

     

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  12. AAA3330

    AAA3330 Super Member

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    I've always thought of CRC as more for automotive use. Corroded connections, etc. I personally wouldn't use it on my sensitive electronic equipment.
     
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  13. PacificStereo

    PacificStereo Super Member

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    The CRC is fine to use on electronics, but one needs to remember that it is a contact cleaner, not a contact preservative. It's great because it doesn't leave a residue (Oh, I long for the days of TF, like RickB says- I still have a few cans and small containers of liquid TF), but for switches and pots, some protection makes for a much more reliable result. I typically use the DeoxIT first, then if necessary follow up with Faderlube (the DeoxIT itself is an oil, so it does have some lubricating properties of its own).
     
  14. DrMux

    DrMux Welcome to the Gig.

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    It's actually made just for sensitive electronics like .....

    Formulated for use on precision instruments,
    equipment and components

    Safely cleans plastic surfaces, magnetic
    and paper tape components

    Effectively removes dust, lint, and light oil from tape heads,
    tuners, and sensitive equipment

    Non-conductive

    Cleans and degreases points, contacts, switches,
    relays, plugs, printed circuits and diagnostic test equipment

    Evaporates quickly and completely

    Harmless to most plastics

    Leaves no residue

    Contains no CFCs

    If you want to clean a board, pots etc spray it on heavy. It dries real quick and will take off the heavy gunk. Then use the Fader Lube or coating products if that's your thing. But this stuff works excellent for first time cleaning of old vintage gear without taking it apart. Been using it for years on my cars and mostly guitar amps to include tube amps. And most of all it costs less than most others.
     
  15. ke4mcl

    ke4mcl Super Member

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    i use wd40. every audio piece i've ever restored has had wd40 on it somewhere. be it pots, tube sockets, dirty switch contacts, etc. some of you may cringe at this thought but hey its worked for me and on pieces i use daily for hours on end.
     
  16. mashaffer

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    So is CRC QD safe for pots? I used it to great effect on switches in my Baldwin organ but was not sure how it would be on pots so just used fader lube.

    mike
     

     

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  17. cgutz

    cgutz AK Member

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    WD40? Might clean ok, but it is a solvent, and softens and degrades plastic and rubber.
     
  18. hpsenicka

    hpsenicka Moderator Subscriber

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    Every product has a purpose... but using WD40 to clean/lube pots seems rather risky.

    I can see using it as a cleaner to loosen crud on a PCB, but not on my delicate pots, please.
     
  19. budgetaudio6

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    I use CRC and deoxit...infact ive got a couple of ounces of deoxit some where. and two 5 ounce cans of CRC. i use it for pots, hosing down circuit boards.
    Deoxit is great, but very expensive for the small amount they contain.
     
  20. tarior

    tarior Dirty pool, old man?

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    When I get a pot that's very stubborn about coming clean, I'll just hose it out thouroughly with CRC (or similar) and then follow up with Faderlube F100. For switches it's usually D5 or D100, and DN5 for most pots. Header pins and other plug type devices get G100 (ProGold).
     

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