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Fader grease

Post by tomasz » Tue Aug 05, 2003 5:51 pm

Any ideas what to use on ALPS faders to make them move smoother. They sound clean just don't move as smoothe as I would like it. Is there a lubricant that could be applied and where can I get it....
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Re: Fader grease

Post by Al » Tue Aug 05, 2003 6:00 pm

Electrolube make a contact cleaner/lubricant which is ideal for fader units,i use it a lot,i'm sure there are other brands out there,which you'll get from most electronics stores.

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Re: Fader grease

Post by joel hamilton » Tue Aug 05, 2003 6:25 pm

I have used stuff called "silglide" that totally kicked ass. Made every fader have the perfect amount of resistance. I cant find that stuff. If you do, let me know.

al,

Can you get that from digikey or mouser or one of those? do you know?

The one you were talking about. i have to find something. I can almost flick fader 9 all the way up, and ten is like sticky as hell. I gotta find something good.

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Re: Fader grease

Post by ladewd » Tue Aug 05, 2003 6:32 pm

I used to use a generic silcon oil for lubricating P&G faders. It works well on the Oxford faders as well. If applied in a very thin film, Molycoat oil works well also. The trick is to take the fader apart and lube just the sliding post and the bushing on the fader. Don't get any lube on the contacts (Duh!) I'm not sure how friendly alps faders are for disassembly though.

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Re: Fader grease

Post by rjd2 » Tue Aug 05, 2003 7:35 pm

i am a professional dj. trust me. the shit you want is called pro gold. they make a lubricant, and a cleaner. get the cleaner-its in a gold bottle. its the only dj-usable lube that wont eat away your faders.

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Re: Fader grease

Post by pscottm » Tue Aug 05, 2003 8:10 pm

rjd2? as in definitive jux?

anyway, my old console has some gunked up P&Gs which need some cleaning. just this weekend i had the spray can in my hand when i decided to double check the P&G website to see if there was any cleaning info. lo and behold i discover mine have conductive plastic contacts and they (P&G) recommend to NOT use anything on this particular type of fader other than warm water w a small amount of mild soap (apparently dove is the bomb), if any. they say to soak it (after removing it from the console!) and blast it w warm water, then let dry for a day or 2 before reinstalling.

make sure you don't have conductive plastic faders before you start blasting them w stuff! it can ruin the contacts!

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Re: Fader grease

Post by rhythm ranch » Tue Aug 05, 2003 8:37 pm

Hey Joel,
The product you mentioned, "silglide," is a silicon lunbricant and most commonly used in the automotive industry. I've never heard of it used on faders, but if it works, COOL!
You can probably find it at an auto supply shop.
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Re: Fader grease

Post by joel hamilton » Tue Aug 05, 2003 9:55 pm

I used it only on the wiper bar, NOT the conductive plastic part.

Scott: You can use dishwashing detergent on the plastic part and a pencil eraser on the metal part at each end.(old school slot car style..).

The pencil eraser is especially effective for faders that wont zero, or that spit at you when all the way up or all the way down.

I have P&g's in my console as well.

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Re: Fader grease

Post by Al » Wed Aug 06, 2003 2:41 am

Joel, were you asking me about Electrolube cleaner/lubricant?.

I'm in Scotland,i got mine from Maplin electronics here,it's actually made in the u.k.,..it's very good stuff!.

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Re: Fader grease

Post by Kyle » Wed Aug 06, 2003 8:05 am

I use KY Jelly, it washes off with a little water.

...are we talking about working the console faders? I must have misread. :oops:
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Re: Fader grease

Post by joel hamilton » Wed Aug 06, 2003 10:13 am

Thanks Al!

I didnt realize you were on the other side of the pond.

Thank you for answering nonetheless!

-Joel

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Re: Fader grease

Post by Al » Wed Aug 06, 2003 6:54 pm

Kyle wrote:I use KY Jelly, it washes off with a little water.

...are we talking about working the console faders? I must have misread. :oops:
:lol:

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