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jj5:
Hi all. I tried searching (https://duckduckgo.com/?q=how+to+clean+an+electrical+cable&hps=1&atb=v320-1&ia=web) and I found some results (https://www.chemtronics.com/essential-guide-to-cable-cleaning, https://ecolink.com/cleanideas/whitepaper/cleaning-electrical-cables/) but I can't seem to get a straight answer on what solvent to use to clean electrical cables, like BNC cables, CAT5 cables, power cords, etc. What's the name of the insulating material and what's the best solvent to clean it with?

themadhippy:
plain ole wd40 is all you need

tepalia02:
For different types of cables, the solution seems to be different.

For power chords: https://youtu.be/H1i-eJfhZ8Y
For Ethernet: https://electroanswers.com/computer-hardware/how-do-you-clean-an-ethernet-cable/

Gyro:

--- Quote from: themadhippy on June 26, 2022, 01:15:18 pm ---plain ole wd40 is all you need

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Careful, there are lots of WD40 products, you need to specify which one, eg the WD40 cleaner, the Water Displacer, etc. People have fallen foul of this before on the forum. You don't want to end up with an oily residue.

I find ordinary Meths (Methylated spirits*) and a piece of kitchen towel a very effective cable cleaner for standard PVC insulated cables of the type the OP mentioned.


*  https://www.simplesolvents.com/simple-solvents-blog/methylated-spirits

themadhippy:

--- Quote --- there are lots of WD40 products,
--- End quote ---
im sure there never used to be,i'm on about the original,bog standard ,wd40.

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