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Old 02-23-2016, 09:51 AM   #11
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Yes, fine steel wool. Buff it back to the clean copper color. Good to go. If your good, you can use 1600 grit sand paper, keeping in mind that your not trying to remove metal (copper), but just shine it back to a clean apperance.
I've been trying to find a way to get the steel wood and/or sandpaper into all the nooks and crannies of both the male and female sides of the connectors. My tarnish is really stubborn. I just thought of something. I wonder if the wife's emery boards would work for this. Anyone ever tried that?
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There are "burnishing tools" made in many sizes & configurations to clean electrical connectors. They are like very fine emery boards or files, just very fine as not damage the metal. May have to get from an electronics store, but work very well; used them for years to clean electrical contacts in relays, contactors, etc.
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my dremel has a few small files a polishing tips
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my dremel has a few small files a polishing tips
Some also have very small wire brushes; great idea.
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Hey STILL. Yeah that's why I was hoping for a solvent or very runny Brasso type of cleaner that I could use like a flux brush to remove the tarnish without damaging the blades/pins/contacts. Thanks for the suggestion. Will try that too!
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Mix up a paste of Baking soda and water....Will neutralize the corrosion....Real good on battery terminals.....J
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As for dielectric grease BTW, your most widely available and economic source is something called "petroleum jelly". AKA "Vaseline" or any generic equivalent! No need to pay for some 'brand name' product.

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I don't know where I read it, but for the truck side I put steel wool wrapped around a drill bit and go to town. It polishes up the terminals removing any tarnish real nice and quick!
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As for dielectric grease BTW, your most widely available and economic source is something called "petroleum jelly". AKA "Vaseline" or any generic equivalent! No need to pay for some 'brand name' product.

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Dielectric grease is silicone based and will not react with plastics or seals.

Petroleum jelly, as the name implies, is petroleum based and may react with plastic connectors or seals.
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I've been trying to find a way to get the steel wood and/or sandpaper into all the nooks and crannies of both the male and female sides of the connectors. My tarnish is really stubborn. I just thought of something. I wonder if the wife's emery boards would work for this. Anyone ever tried that?
Banda,Yes the cheap throw away emery boards fit and do a good job cleaning the Female connectors of cords! Youroo!!
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