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Deoxit and My Wallet

Deoxit and CRC cleaner

Does size matter? Actually I’ve always found that saying (and its derivatives) to be bad taste, at least when used gratuitously. In this case though, it’s irresistable. In trolling the web for advice on how to resurrect an old rig, I read one glowing endorsement of Deoxit after another. Indispensable! Magic! A gift of the gods! And it could be had locally at Radio Shack! Yeah!

Not so yeah as it turned out. The two little lipstick-sized cans shown in the photo went for $19.95!!! At first, I couldn’t believe it. I wiped my glasses and my eyes and looked again. No change . . . still an outrage! The big can of solvent cleaner to their side cost $3.99 and the local discount store. Okay, it contains no agents to dissolve away oxidation, but it’s really cheap.

I had gotten the impression from the web accounts that one should use Deoxit as a general cleaner to “blast away” dirt and other gunk, in addition to de-oxidizing contacts, pots, etc. Well, there’s no way I was going to get far on 20 bucks worth of spray if I used it that way. So, I used the CRC spray for cleaning purposes and then treated switches, sockets, connectors, and pots with sparing amounts of Deoxit. That was enough to use up both little cans of the stuff.

Looking around online for cheaper sources, I found much bigger cans of deoxit at a much better price. I also found it in 16oz cans for $7.99 at Fry’s. We don’t have one in the part of Oregon I live, but I’m in Portland often enough to get stuff like Deoxit and other goodies at the Fry’s up there. So now I’m back to “YEAH!!”