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    What do you generally use to clean the contacts on your cartridges?

    Out of curiosity, I've been reading some how-tos online, and I was surprised to see some people recommending isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, which I always thought was a big no-no (my old instruction manuals always said not to use solvents of any kind on the contacts).

    I've also read some people championing Brasso metal polish, which I've never tried, but that does seem promising.

    Pencil erasers was another surprising one I saw and tried, and it worked fairly well on minor build-up, although you have to be careful to clean up the little eraser bits afterwards so you don't get any of those into your console/handheld.

    Spit on Kleenex (and then wiped dry immediately afterwards) has always been my lazy, go-to solution since I was a kid.

    What do you usually use and what do you recommend avoiding?
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    I always used alcohol and q tips.

    Brasso is a no no. Although it makes the contacts shiny at the moment, the sheen will fade and the polish will gunk up, making the contacts dirtier.
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    Deoxit is a good one as well.

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    The rubbing alchohol should be fine. It will evaporate quickly so you don't have to worry about it eating anything. of course, it will do that if you bath the thing in it.

    Contact Cleaner would be the ideal thing to use.
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    I use rubbing alcohol and q-tip for 95% of contact cleaning. I hear people say it's not ideal to use it - but it's easy and i've had good luck with it.

    For tougher items, I use alcohol first to get rid of most and then deoxit. Deoxit is expensive, but worth it. It's brought back carts that were listed on ebay as "not working - i've already cleaned contacts - as-is." Q-tip w/alcohol, dry, q-tip w/deoxit, fire it up and good to go.
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    Deoxit D-series, electronic contact cleaner, white art eraser, rubbing alcohol are my go to cleaning things. Just make sure when you clean with Deoxit you wipe it off after it is on with rubbing alcohol, as it leaves a sticky film. This is assuming you open the cartridges as you can see what you're cleaning and do a better job cleaning the pins.
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    Contact cleaner on the rough stuff, and a soft pink eraser for everything else....

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    The key to Brasso is in only using a dab per side, then finishing it off after the rub with isopropyl to eliminate residue. I've got carts that I cleaned this way years ago, and the contacts still look brand new now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renmauzo View Post
    The key to Brasso is in only using a dab per side, then finishing it off after the rub with isopropyl to eliminate residue. I've got carts that I cleaned this way years ago, and the contacts still look brand new now.
    I do exactly this, I've used brasso for years and have never had an issue.

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    I polish cart leads with a 2-inch pink eraser, then follow up with qtips dipped in rubbing alcohol. It has always worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M View Post
    Spit on Kleenex (and then wiped dry immediately afterwards) has always been my lazy, go-to solution since I was a kid.

    What do you usually use and what do you recommend avoiding?
    I'd recommend avoiding spit on Kleenex. Who the hell does that?

    +1 for Brasso. It works really well on stubborn or downright filthy carts. I usually give the contacts a good scrub, wipe off with a clean cloth, then clean again with alcohol to remove any residue.

    In most cases tho, I use a white eraser followed by alcohol. I typically only use the Brasso when the contacts are in real rough shape.

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    I used to always use distilled water, but now I use Deoxit.

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    For me the go to duo is alcohol on a q-tip and an eraser. I rarely have to clean the contacts, but when I do, it's this combo. Sometimes only alcohol and a clean wipe afterwards, if I know it can be oils causing the problem.

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    I use QD Contact Cleaner + Q-Tips or terry cloth. Weiman Glass Cooktop Cleaner if heavy duty cleaning is required, then the contact cleaner to remove residue.

    Isopropyl is aight but you are cleaning contacts here so why not use contact cleaner.

    I recommend avoiding spit on Kleenex

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    I use a very hard/sturdy eraser(nothing that will scratch the contacts or leave a lot of residue behind) and q-tips which is usually enough.Sometimes a tougher job may call for 91% Isopropyl alcolhol. That's it.
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    Q-tips and alcohol are my best friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck_00 View Post
    Q-tips and alcohol are my best friend.
    same here. 90%+

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    What do you generally use to clean the contacts on your cartridges?

    I use canned air or a soft brush to wipe away any debris or dust, then hit the board with some distilled water and a tooth brush for crappy spots, and then after it has dried I follow up with some contact cleaner. QD Contact Cleaner is good or Deoxit like was mentioned before. Just make sure they don't leave any residue.


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