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    Question Cleaning Pass Labs Remote Control

    Sorry if this isn't the correct section for this question, but as is relates to my Pass Labs XP-10 pre-amp, I figured this was as good as any. I'm in the process of preparing to sell my XP-10. The unit itself is in great condition, no issue there. The metal remote control, however, is another matter. Over the years of use, it has acquired a layer of dust, grease, and general grime that I'd like to remove before sending it on its merry way. The button labels are all intact, so any cleaning method shouldn't be so aggressive that it removes those.

    Any thoughts?
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    Re: Cleaning Pass Labs Remote Control

    I’d start with a Q-tip moistened with Windex or some mild cleaner. I’d just be careful of getting the buttons saturated. You might be able to take it apart if it’s that bad and give it a deeper clean.

    Several Q-tip sessions might be necessary.
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    Re: Cleaning Pass Labs Remote Control

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    I’d start with a Q-tip moistened with Windex or some mild cleaner. I’d just be careful of getting the buttons saturated. You might be able to take it apart if it’s that bad and give it a deeper clean.

    Several Q-tip sessions might be necessary.
    I always remove batteries first. Then I do the same as joeinid except use only water - and it's barely damp with water (I barely dip Q-Tip in water and then dab Q-Tip on towel to dry it somewhat out).

    And a big YES on "just be careful of getting the buttons saturated" and that it may take "several Q-tip sessions." Slow and cautious.
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    Re: Cleaning Pass Labs Remote Control

    I agree with all the other advice given so far. One additional precaution you can take is to hold the remote upside down while you do the cleaning. That way any excess liquid that may drip will run away from the gap between the buttons and the housing.
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    Re: Cleaning Pass Labs Remote Control

    What about rubbing alcohol? It cuts grease and evaporates fast. Not a suggestion yet, just asking. I've used it on some things but can't remember if ever a remote.
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    Re: Cleaning Pass Labs Remote Control

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    What about rubbing alcohol? It cuts grease and evaporates fast. Not a suggestion yet, just asking. I've used it on some things but can't remember if ever a remote.
    I think I would call Pass before using any type of chemicals.
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    Re: Cleaning Pass Labs Remote Control

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    What about rubbing alcohol? It cuts grease and evaporates fast. Not a suggestion yet, just asking. I've used it on some things but can't remember if ever a remote.
    Or Methanol ?
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    Re: Cleaning Pass Labs Remote Control

    Actually, I decided to also contact Pass (as well as post here). They suggested either:

    1) Remove the circuit board and batteries and then use a gentle soap to wash the outside

    OR

    2) Remove the batteries and use Q-Tips and Windex

    I tried the second (since there was one pesky screw I couldn't get out) and it ended up working really well.

    Thanks for the suggestions -- I think they were all solid.
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    Re: Cleaning Pass Labs Remote Control

    I would have taken that choice as well. I would be paranoid about messing with the circuit board.
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    Re: Cleaning Pass Labs Remote Control

    Those guys at Pass Labs (and FirstWatt) are too used to us DIYers. Only a stubborn screw, as indicated above, would keep me from removing the PCB, washing the shell with dish soap and water, and cleaning the PCB with QTip and isopropyl alcohol. For the “just brushed” feeling!

    Congrats on the successful cleaning, and GL with sale.
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