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 Cleaning between the vanes. 
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I've got a problem with build up of "gunk" between the vanes of my variable in the amplifier. I blame my vaping to the build up of "gunk".

Question is, what to use to "blast" the crap out.? Obviously the amplifier will be disconnected from the mains and the tube grounded.

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Have you got a fan in you amp? If you have, that's more than likely the culprit rather than vaping on it's own. I get the same with my computer, you would not believe the amount of dust it collects, it's usually a monthly chore to clean it out.

You could use a small paint brush and suck the disturbed dust out with a vacuum cleaner because you don't want to be breathing in that dust because it's likely carcinogenic, you can use compressed can of air to shift it out of the more difficult places, again making sure you've got the vacuum cleaner handy.

You can get cans of compressed air from places like RS Components.

By the way, I don't smoke or vap, but still get dust build up.

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Brush on vacuum cleaner... compressed air tends to blast the gunk into other things :-(
If it's sticky goo, I'd wash it with isopropyl alcohol.

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disregard my post, it's totally wrong, sorry.

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I would have thought that whipping the linear to the loal petrol station and blast it with an airline.
Alternatively whip the cap out and get it ultrasonically cleaned


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I have become the owner of 10 litres of tape head cleaner - the one used for 1/2 inch mag tapes back in the 80's. It's shifts shit swift.

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M0XAL wrote:
I have become the owner of 10 litres of tape head cleaner - the one used for 1/2 inch mag tapes back in the 80's. It's shifts shit swift.

Just how big is the cap?


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sidspop wrote:
M0XAL wrote:
I have become the owner of 10 litres of tape head cleaner - the one used for 1/2 inch mag tapes back in the 80's. It's shifts shit swift.

Just how big is the cap?

It's the main tuning cap in a Challenger 3.
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I have become the owner of 10 litres of tape head cleaner - the one used for 1/2 inch mag tapes back in the 80's. It's shifts shit swift.

A lot of tape head cleaners were Isopropyl alcohol or its derivatives based fluids anyway.
Clean grime and muck and evaprorate to leave no residue.
But be careful not to get it into the greased shaft bearings parts of the rotary mechanism, if it has greased parts, as it will wash out the lubricant and make it dry and stiff! ;)
Soft paintbrush and vacuum cleaner is all that is often needed, cleaning fluids if the gunk is greasy/oily/tarry in nature, like fag smoke residue etc.

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