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JJCharles

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Would WD-40 be any good to solve a scratchy volume control?
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WD-40 only provides a very short cure and after that it leaves a horrid sticky residue that collects fluff and muck very quickly
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Use a proper switch cleaner available from Maplins or try your local TV repair shop for a tin of it

 
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Yeah, that Servisol Super 10 Dik Dolan linked to is great stuff. Also good on plugged contacts (interconnects, mains, etc.) of all types, cleans and maintains a good contact for ages - even seems to stop silver tarnishing
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Just keep it off anything you plan to solder...
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WD40 is great as a lubricant and cleaner for mechanical linkages (most of my old Garrard turntables would never have moved again without it
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), but as it's an insulator, it's a BAD idea for volume controls.

'nother vote for Servisol here.........
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Beobloke wrote:

WD40 is great as a lubricant and cleaner for mechanical linkages (most of my old Garrard turntables would never have moved again without it
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), but as it's an insulator, it's a BAD idea for volume controls.'nother vote for Servisol here.........
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It is an awful lubricant, it is infact a Water Dispersant.

 

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penance wrote:

It is an awful lubricant, it is infact a Water Dispersant.

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Well, last time i checked the best water dispersant was oil-based. Oils generally make quite good lubricants.
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There is also the small matter of "LUBRICATES" writ large upon the tin.

And the fact that if you take a siezed automatic mechanism on....oooooh, say...a Garrard deck, spray it with WD40 and work it a bit, it miraculously frees up and starts moving again.

And the fact that if you spray some down a stiff lock, the key turns much more easily.

I could go on but you probably get the point.......

 

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Yea, but its crap at all those, it atracts dirt, dries quickly and is to thin to offer any long term lubrication. Like Plusgas, it is good for freeing siezed parts but not for long term lubrication.

I could go on, but you get the idea.

 

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