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Old 18th Oct 2003, 4:33 pm   #1
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Default Cleaning Waxed Caps and Greasy Dirt

I have been using Orange Oil based cleaners for the initial cleaning of waxed capacitors, to see the value, and to remove the general muck and dirt from cabinets and chassis for some time now.
I find it is far better than most other items and unlike WD40 it is non flammable and it smells nice . Useful where partners object to other chemicals. It is not so aggressive as WD40 and leaves very little residue, any that is can be removed with water.
On Bakelite I spray some on to a cloth then wipe the item over finishing with a damp cloth. It is surprising how much dirt can be removed without having to soak the part in water. Similarly plastic grills can easily be cleaned with it using a toothbrush or similar.
It can also be used on wooden cabinets without damage (so far anyway).
It is available in most hardware stores very cheaply now as it seems the original patent ran out.
If you get the chance give it a go and maybe report back. I for one though am a convert
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Old 18th Oct 2003, 4:50 pm   #2
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Default Re: Cleaning Waxed Caps and Greasy Dirt

I've been using Servisol label remover and that too has that orangy smell. Never tried it for cleaning bakelite though. Must give it a try.
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Old 18th Oct 2003, 4:55 pm   #3
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Default Re: Cleaning Waxed Caps and Greasy Dirt

Hi Darren

Check the ingredients carefully or try on an unimportant item first.
Some label removers have quite a cocktail of chemicals in them.
Mind you, this sentiment applies to everything we try doesn't it
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Old 18th Oct 2003, 6:23 pm   #4
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White spirit works like magic on wax coated capacitors. Go carefully with a tissue, and wipe genty to remove the dirt. It is also ideal for removing the residue on the chassis.
 
Old 18th Oct 2003, 7:33 pm   #5
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Default Re: Cleaning Waxed Caps and Greasy Dirt

I normally squirt a bit of contact cleaner (Servisol Super 10 or Electrolube EML) on to to rag/duster and wipe wax capacitors with that. Works a treat and evaporates away.

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I've been using Servisol label remover and that too has that orangy smell. Never tried it for cleaning bakelite though. Must give it a try.
I use something called 'Label off' which is made by a German company, and smells more lemony than orange. I have used it for cleaning in the past but have taken care to stay away from tuning dials...

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