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Old 04-12-2016, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default What's the best way to clean wiring?

I need to clean inside my console around wiring and terminal blocks. Old fiberglass dust and what looks to be mold. It's just not pretty and I want it clean. Something I could spray on then hose off.
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:29 PM   #2
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Don't want to spray something that will harm wire!
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Old 04-13-2016, 01:47 AM   #3
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dry brush and a vaccuum cleaner

anything you "hose off" is counter to "Don't want to spray something that will harm wire!" remember electricals and water tend to mix badly.

for the wire bundles, you could use a rag dampened with a household cleaner like "spray'n'wipe"but only get it on the outside of the bundle/insulation, dont get it near the bare wire/terminations etc.
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Have you tried asking your wife?
Mine will do it for another pair of shoes.
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I've used WD40 on a rag with good results. I have been concerned that a strong cleaner would make the wire insulation porous and more susceptible to mold, etc. in the future. For small cabins I've been told by some old timers that they would put a pan of bleach in the cabin and close it up for a couple of days as a way to kill the mold. I've not tried this myself but like the idea of killing the mold before manually cleaning the wires and console.
Maybe a shot of CorrosionX or your favorite potion on the terminals wile you're at it?
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Use CRC electrical contact cleaner and then re-coat with dielectric grease.
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Once fiberglass dust or any dust for that matter accumulates on wires and connectors, especially with dielectric grease on them, a rag and WD-40 or similar is needed. Disconnect each terminal and wipe down everything. I cut a dash for electronics and gages and dusted all my wires and connectors etc. I'll never do that again, a real time consuming clean up.
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Use CRC electrical contact cleaner and then re-coat with dielectric grease.
THIS!!

and Im an acft electrician!
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Mold issue may need a mild bleach solution, just be careful with bare metal electrical parts. CRC electrical cleaner works good. Dust, dirt and mold is gonna happen, get a grip on it now and it will be easier to deal with. All the above advice is good stuff and spot on, just take your time and do a small area at a time.
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Use CRC electrical contact cleaner and then re-coat with dielectric grease.
this - but you may want to wire brush the contacts first.
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I had an old boat that was moldy and nasty inside the console. Tilex was the ticket.
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Kill and then prevent mold mildew with Obex products. I like CRC products for bare wire and terminals etc. wwww.ThinkObex.com or on Amazon.
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I use a product called LPS and I get the kind that is "plastic safe".

I bought mine at a parts supply warehouse and been very happy with it.

I'd get a new clean 2" bristle paint brush and "dust" the contacts. Then use a vacuum cleaner followed by an air compressor (ideally with a air dryer). Blow every thing clean and then use the LPS.

If you don't have a "dry" air compressor buy a can of compressed air that is used to clean computer key boards.
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I use a product called LPS and I get the kind that is "plastic safe".

I bought mine at a parts supply warehouse and been very happy with it.

I'd get a new clean 2" bristle paint brush and "dust" the contacts. Then use a vacuum cleaner followed by an air compressor (ideally with a air dryer). Blow every thing clean and then use the LPS.

If you don't have a "dry" air compressor buy a can of compressed air that is used to clean computer key boards.
LPS is a brand name, not a product, they have a multitude of products, from simple lubes (lps1 and lps2 are somewhat similar to wd40 etc) to industrial strength cleaners... which particular product do you have?
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