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Re: How to clean Channel Routing Cards
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2014, 09:09:21 PM »
And how do you get the eml into the blue alps type switch?


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distilled water!
I spray the lubricant from the top of the switch there is a small aperture where the actuator is and the spray goes in there.
yes the one on the link is correct.

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Re: How to clean Channel Routing Cards
« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2014, 02:21:26 PM »
Hi. Finally came around to start this process. Just one question left: Isn't it fine to use de-minerilized water instead of distilled water?


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Re: How to clean Channel Routing Cards
« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2014, 03:50:59 PM »
Meanwhile I tried distilled water - works great! It's less than 1 for 2 litre at the drugstore...

Hi. Finally came around to start this process. Just one question left: Isn't it fine to use de-minerilized water instead of distilled water?


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Re: How to clean Channel Routing Cards
« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2015, 02:25:05 PM »
Marc, how's your switches now?

As I'm recapping our console I decided to clean routing switches also. I use pretty similar method except my alcohol is (I Use stuff named Etax which is over 99% ethanol)  in separate glass cap whics is in ultrasonic cleaner filled with water. After a wash I spill a bit of Deoxit Gold in to them.

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edit: forgot to mention. xmax said in some other thread that blue/white (propably Alps) switches may gummed if Deoxit is used to them. I gave a try for few switches and none of them gummed. Yet.
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Re: How to clean Channel Routing Cards
« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2015, 08:52:02 AM »
Hey Paavo,
so far, all is good - when doing more routing cards I want to try to apply Caig Deoxit after the cleaning. Also want to try to apply that to card edge connectors.

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Re: How to clean Channel Routing Cards
« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2015, 06:57:28 PM »
deoxit is primarily formulated to breakdown the contaminants on the surface of the switch contacts.

what you want after cleaning is something to protect the contact surface from becoming oxidized or dirty again. In the caig product line I think its the D5, which ever they say is for long term protection (Blue?). These type of products are primarily a very fine oil with low volatility and hence low gumming properties. (gum is dried up old oil and gunk) I use the Electrolube EML for this purpose with good outcomes.

But the red deoxit is not what you want for long term protection.

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Re: How to clean Channel Routing Cards
« Reply #21 on: February 04, 2015, 09:39:44 PM »
Yes exactly, clean and protect is the way..
Deoxit Gold is protector/conditioner as far I understund right.

Plenty of manufactures around like EML, CRC and they all have quality products. I just found Deoxit stuff from my local store.

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Re: How to clean Channel Routing Cards
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2015, 06:35:36 PM »
I think Caig has not helped the discussion by continually changing the product names. In my mind Deoxit was only for the products that broke down the oxidation. Now I see they have changed their product line naming again. They are all called Deoxit. Bad Caig, bad.

so the current product is called Deoxit Shield S series, used to be Preserve It, Blue.

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Re: How to clean Channel Routing Cards
« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2015, 02:55:55 PM »
We did this on our 1994 4064g+ 6 months ago: Luke warm demineralized water and a lot of pushing the switches. Changed the water 4 times. Applied eml spray and clean up the boards with isopropanol on q tips. Did wonders! All still work great. This was the blue type Alps switches. Alcohol in the switches might weaken the latch. Just my 5 cents. 😀


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