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    Creative uses for electronic contact cleaner

    I needed a few squirts to stop a crackling vintage radio volume pot. But the canister only came in 11 ounces. Now I've a whole can left over!

    What other uses is this stuff good for? Can it be used anywhere for anything on bikes? My other electronics & my car are working just fine.

    I've heard it is great in cleaning white plastics. What else??

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    I needed a few squirts to stop a crackling vintage radio volume pot. But the canister only came in 11 ounces. Now I've a whole can left over!

    What other uses is this stuff good for? Can it be used anywhere for anything on bikes? My other electronics & my car are working just fine.

    I've heard it is great in cleaning white plastics. What else??
    Save it. It will keep and you can use it forever until they need to clean the contacts of your neck electrodes.



    I just used some today to clean a switch on a malfunctioning Makita tool at work. Picard has posted that it works well on giant black sex toys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    But the canister only came in 11 ounces.
    So the canister's volume goes to 11?
    Go Fact Yourself.

    Real eyes realize real lies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    So the canister's volume goes to 11?
    :groan:
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    You could probably use it to clean out your shifters. Or shoot a bunch in a paper bag and give it to Picard to sniff so he can get inspired to start some new threads.
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    We used it to purge empty fuel cans of vapors prior to loading on aircraft.

    The average biker or homeowner probably won't have much need to do that.
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    When I'm not using it on aircraft, I use it to kill bugs.

    Don't ever get it on clear plastic like a flashlight lens. Ruined.

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    Home made flamethrower, we want video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HPIguy View Post
    Home made flamethrower, we want video.
    That's usually my fallback. "Lets add fire and see what happens. Hold my beer, watch this."
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    Yep, absolutely. Might actually make a decent chain lube stripper. But I'd never make it that far if there was a lighter anywhere around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HPIguy View Post
    Home made flamethrower, we want video.
    The stuff we used was not flammable or explosive. Which is why it was used to purge vapors from empty fuel cans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveRider View Post
    I use it to kill bugs.

    Same. Brake cleaner, or contact cleaner. Better than RAID.
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    Diaper wipes.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    I use those to help find out if gaskets need replacing or just tightening...just degrease/clean valve cover seals w/brake cleaner, the little straw blaster on the electronics air can works great in tight spots to clear and dry out the shlup wjere you can't reach...next time you do some canyon driving you can check if the gaskets are clean/holding boost
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    Dirt farmer, you may find that the crackles return in the near future as a noisy audio volume pot is usually symptomatic of a coupling capacitor that's gone a bit leaky. This puts a little bit of DC voltage across the pot, which massively exacerbates any small issues with a dirty or worn pot, and even new pots can crackle under such conditions. The cure is a new capacitor. It's probably a nasty ol' electrolytic that can be replaced for a few cents. Alternatively, for a minimally crackly setup replace with a nice polypropylene capacitor (this will also sound all-round nicer). You can find the grumbling capacitor by following the wire/PCB trace from the clockwisemost pot terminal.

    Switch cleaner aerosols aren't really meant for pots, and though they'll clean 'em up for a bit they can also accelerate wear. A more pot-specific cleaner/lube like DeoxIT F5 will work an absolute treat. I'll admit I've cleaned a few pots with switch cleaner in my time though, and mostly got away with it, for a while.

    It's pretty good at cleaning marker pen off non-porous surfaces, though I don't think it works any better than WD40, brake cleaner or IPA. I mostly use it for cleaning switch and connector contacts, particularly on cars. Good switch cleaner leaves behind a thin non-insulating residue that helps keep the contacts clean; best to wait a minute before turning the power on after spraying though as it can go woof in the presence of a spark.
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