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How to clean XLR Corrosion?
« on: March 06, 2019, 06:01:02 PM »
I just received a 460 body from an Ebay sale and there is what looks to be some sort of corrosion on the side of the housing. How should I go about attempting to clean this? 99% ISO? It looks like corrosion on a battery terminal.

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Re: How to clean XLR Corrosion?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2019, 08:40:24 PM »
It probably wouldn't hurt to take a peek inside the preamp body as well.
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Re: How to clean XLR Corrosion?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2019, 08:49:05 PM »
Yeah I cleaned it up a bit but I'm going to return it as it doesn't work. Thanks for the tips.
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Re: How to clean XLR Corrosion?
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2019, 10:51:56 AM »
De-oxit is great, but be aware it can kill a condenser capsule in a second.  Recommendation is spritzing on a q-tip in a different room, wiping connector, wiping off. 
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Re: How to clean XLR Corrosion?
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2019, 07:02:14 PM »
De-oxit is great, but be aware it can kill a condenser capsule in a second.  Recommendation is spritzing on a q-tip in a different room, wiping connector, wiping off.

This is why I prefer the 100% liquid solution version, as I find it to be less wasteful overall.  You really don't need much of the stuff:

https://caig.com/product/deoxit-d100l-2c/
https://caig.com/product/deoxit-d100l-2db/
https://caig.com/product/deoxit-d100l-25c/

If you have a lot of gunk to clean, I recommend saving a bit of money by using 99% isopropyl alcohol for the major cleaning, and then follow up with Caig DeOxit.
https://www.amazon.com/Swan-Isopropyl-Alcohol-99-Pint/dp/B001B5JT8C/

For female XLRs and 3.5 mm jacks, the brush-style dental cleaners are excellent.  Just be sure to get the kind that are NOT coated in minty flavor.
https://www.amazon.com/Proxabrush-Go-Betweens-Interdental-Brushes-Moderate/dp/B079MJ9PDN/
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Re: How to clean XLR Corrosion?
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2019, 12:26:41 AM »
De-oxit is great, but be aware it can kill a condenser capsule in a second.  Recommendation is spritzing on a q-tip in a different room, wiping connector, wiping off.

This is why I prefer the 100% liquid solution version, as I find it to be less wasteful overall.  You really don't need much of the stuff:

https://caig.com/product/deoxit-d100l-2c/
https://caig.com/product/deoxit-d100l-2db/
https://caig.com/product/deoxit-d100l-25c/

If you have a lot of gunk to clean, I recommend saving a bit of money by using 99% isopropyl alcohol for the major cleaning, and then follow up with Caig DeOxit.
https://www.amazon.com/Swan-Isopropyl-Alcohol-99-Pint/dp/B001B5JT8C/

For female XLRs and 3.5 mm jacks, the brush-style dental cleaners are excellent.  Just be sure to get the kind that are NOT coated in minty flavor.
https://www.amazon.com/Proxabrush-Go-Betweens-Interdental-Brushes-Moderate/dp/B079MJ9PDN/

Ha, those are exactly the products I had lying around at home. I love that DeOxit for old amp pots and such.
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