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Cleaning/reconditioning XLR cables
« on: September 16, 2023, 11:22:23 AM »
I'm about to start up recording again for a concert series that has been inactive since before covid, my cables and setup gear (not mics or recorders) have been in storage in a closet since 3/20.  Although the area has not been subject to any extreme elements or humidity, I worry about oxidation of the XLR contacts.  Is there any recommended cleaner I could quickly use once I get access to the equipment about an hour or two before showtime?

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Re: Cleaning/reconditioning XLR cables
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2023, 11:25:10 AM »

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Re: Cleaning/reconditioning XLR cables
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2023, 11:36:28 PM »
Thanks.  Put it on order tonight.

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Re: Cleaning/reconditioning XLR cables
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2023, 07:58:30 PM »
I think the Hosa stuff is rebranded CAIG Deoxit. Seems expensive, but a small bottle lasts forever and is safe to squirt on gunky pots and attenuators. Check the formula first, though. There are several. Been a while since I read the material sheets...

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Re: Cleaning/reconditioning XLR cables
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2023, 08:05:14 PM »
I forgot, last time I needed some I found it locally at auto parts store for a reasonable price


https://www.autozone.com/miscellaneous-cleaners-and-degreasers/electrical-parts-cleaner/p/crc-qd-electronic-cleaner-11oz/128435_0_0

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Re: Cleaning/reconditioning XLR cables
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2023, 09:51:05 AM »
I forgot, last time I needed some I found it locally at auto parts store for a reasonable price


https://www.autozone.com/miscellaneous-cleaners-and-degreasers/electrical-parts-cleaner/p/crc-qd-electronic-cleaner-11oz/128435_0_0

That stuff is different that the Deoxit stuff. It cleans but does not lubricate. When using it on things that have mechanical friction (like potentiometers and cable jacks/plugs) you really should follow up with a lubricant that's safe for plastics.

I used an entire can of that when I started refurbishing my Hammond organ. It did a great job on the amp housing, tube sockets and all kinds of other places but I used Deoxit on any switches, slides or knobs.
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