[sdiy] Restoring "feel" on pots?

aankrom aankrom at bluemarble.net
Wed May 16 02:06:27 CEST 2012

There's a silicone grease that's used on auto brakes. You can find it 
in auto parts stores. I've used Vaseline to restore the 'feel' of pots 
too. You have to carefully disassemble, lubricate, then reassemble, but 
it's really not so difficult. I use Deoxid to clean pots and switches. 
If used sparingly, you can preserve the lubrication in the pots. It's 
pricey, but it works way better than WD40. Of course it won't restore 
the lubrication if you've used something else, but it's something to 
consider for future cleaning.


On Wed, 16 May 2012 00:20:32 +0100, Colin f wrote:
>> Any suggestions on what I may be able to do to restore these
>> pots?  I've never heard of the product he used, but it
>> obviously destroyed the internal lubrication.
> Best suggestion is to have your friend learn from his mistake, I'm 
> afraid...
> Pots have lubricant in their shafts, and any kind of solvent cleaner 
> will
> wash it out and make the pot feel bad, even if you do get the crap 
> out of
> the wiper and track and stop it crackling.
> You can usually disassemble and re-lubricate sliders, but in my 
> experience,
> once a pot feels rough you pretty much have to live with it.
> A couple of months back, I picked up an old mixer which, as expected, 
> had a
> lot of crackly pots.
> My solution was to remove and replace *every single one* with a new 
> pot.
> The result is a mixer with absolutely no crackles, and a lovely feel 
> on
> every pot.
> A lot of effort (~300 pots, over a few nights), but to me it was 
> worth it to
> have a mixer that should last years before it needs pot maintenance.
> Cheers,
> Colin f
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