Here's the two step cleaning and lubricating process Ten-Tec used:
1. Clean the switch contacts and potentiometers with very sparing use of
Cramolin R-5 (came in a red can -- thus was called "Cramolin Red").
2. Lubricate the switch contacts and potentiometers with very sparing use
of Cramolin B-5 (came in a blue can -- was called "Cramolin Blue").
I'd bet my bottom dollar they still use the same stuff, but now it may have
a different name. keep in mind this was NEVER a one-step process!
And for you who don't believe WD-40 leaves a residue, ask any hunter who has
used it in his trigger mechanism only to have it freeze up when he tried to
drop the hammer on a large buck. WD-40 leaves a gummy mess after a couple
of applications. No disrespect to Steve, but I sure wouldn't want to get
one of those rigs he sprays with that stuff. . .
73 de Mike N4NT@wireco.net
From: Steve Baron <email@example.com>
To: Steve Ellington N4LQ <N4LQ@iglou.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: Dale L. Martin <email@example.com>; TenTec@Contesting.com
Date: Saturday, February 27, 1999 9:07 AM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] On Contact Cleaning
>Each product has its application.
>Tried to look at that web page - very slow - and gave up. I did see that
>DeOxit was under the general category: Hydrocarbon based and other
>Cleaaners/Degreasers AND DeOxit. That AND is important.
>From: Steve Ellington N4LQ <N4LQ@iglou.com>
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
>Cc: Dale L. Martin <firstname.lastname@example.org>; TenTec@Contesting.com
>Date: Saturday, February 27, 1999 1:41 AM
>Subject: Re: [TenTec] On Contact Cleaning
>>>In my experience, WD-40 claims far more (like a politician) than it
>>>delivers. I no longer bother with applying lubricant with the staying
>>>power of air. If I want deoxidation I use R-5 or Deoxit If I want
>>>lubrication, I apply lubricating oil. WD-40 is neither of these.
>>Exactly. For properly cleaning contacts, we want neither a "deoxidant" or
>>"lubricating oil" and it's true, WD-40 is neither.
>>Deoxit is considered a CLEANER/DEGREASER according to the US Goverment.
>>This, according to TenTec's manual SHOULD NOT BE USED. Degreasers will
>>remove the impregnated oils from the contacts causing permanent damage.
>>Neither should lubricating oil be used on contacts. So again, WD-40 meets
>>this requirement as you so stated.
>>As for politics, Deoxit, being a DEGREASER also claims to LUBRICATE. Not
>>figure that one! Sounds like double speak to me.
>>Now, I just got through spraying some WD-40 into the push buttons on my
>>cordless phone. Finally, I can use those buttons without having to pound
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