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Contact cleaner
« on: April 23, 2024, 12:15:50 AM »
Do you know if it's necessary to clean the jack plug of your microphones every now and then or something like that? And does this also apply to the line-in sockets of, for example, your recorder? (dust, dirt, etc.)
If so, how can you do this best?

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Re: Contact cleaner
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2024, 06:39:14 AM »
A lot of people like Caig's DeoxIT. There are lots of alternatives, though, that probably work similarly.

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Re: Contact cleaner
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2024, 07:48:00 AM »
For female mini Jack's, female xlr u can use proxabrushes. Those "fuzzy" dental picks with a touch of iso and a can of air or use the male plug compatible with what u want to clean with a little iso and connect and reconnect a few times then blow with a can of air
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Re: Contact cleaner
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2024, 05:50:18 AM »
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Re: Contact cleaner
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2024, 10:07:06 AM »
Yep. Clean your plugs and jacks every once in a while. Dirty contacts will sneak up on you, and along with dying batteries are often the culprit when other problems are suspected. The issue occurs most often with mini-plug>mini-jack connections. Fortunately its an easy fix.  Deoxit is excellent, but if unavailable 90% isopropyl alcohol will do the trick.

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Re: Contact cleaner
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2024, 12:01:39 PM »
Deoxit is fine and easily available in the USA. Note that they sell many products and often change the names. The common contact cleaner version is Deoxit D5, 5% "active" ingredient with the rest basically naptha, which slowly evaporates. You can also get 100% D5. These come in all manner of containers including spray cans, needle bottles, marker pens. I usually get the D5 spray can with extension tube to flush out some controls, but for finer work I can spray a tiny bit onto a Q-tip or rag for cleaning connector pins. The dental brush sounds like a good idea for the connector holes; for decades I've just put some D5 on the pins with a Q-tip and then inserted then into the other connector.

Caig also sells a contact enhancer for gold contacts and a special lube for faders/potentiometers. I am not associated with them, just a user.

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Re: Contact cleaner
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2024, 01:09:42 PM »
Here's an Amazon link to both the D100L (20% deoxidizer) and G100L Gold (0.5% deoxidizer, for gold surfaces), with cleaning utensils, for less than buying the individual 7.4mL bottles separately. For a comparison chart of the different types you can scroll down on this page.

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Re: Contact cleaner
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2024, 06:18:26 PM »
Detox can be oily. Careful using
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Re: Contact cleaner
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2024, 06:23:41 PM »
Detox can be oily. Careful using

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Re: Contact cleaner
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2024, 01:38:10 PM »
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