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10-Oct-2003, 02:28 PM #1
Remote Control - Corrosion in the Battery Wires
Can anyone suggest any ways to remove the rust or corrosion from the little spring type wires and opposite flat pieces that hold small batteries in a remote control?

A year ago a friend used a Q tip with some type of solution in a bottle which looked like alcohol, and he was able to remove the corrosion, which at that time looked like it was from leaking batteries. Now I bought alcohol but did not have any luck getting it off. He is no longer available to ask about what he used. Radio Shack suggested using a pencil eraser, and while that helped some in the very front part of the wire spiral, the wire spiral is so tiny it is not possible to get the eraser around more than about 3% of it.

Thank you for any suggestions.
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10-Oct-2003, 03:41 PM #2
Baking soda and water. Do it while out of the remote as water and electronics don't generally mix well. This will get any acidic corrosion and just scrape the rest off with an exacto and sandpaper to get to bare metal.
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10-Oct-2003, 06:14 PM #3

Thank you for the advice. I'm working on it now.
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11-Oct-2003, 08:03 AM #4
Try this: just a little shot of WD-40 and use an old toothbrush to clean the springs.
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11-Oct-2003, 08:35 AM #5
.............and after that , put a small piece of tin-foil on both sides , so any more rust from the batteries will collect on it instead of the contacts . Works like a charm.
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11-Oct-2003, 08:54 AM #6

Thank you. I will try the WD-40 today or tomorrow when I go to my Dad's as he has some.


Thank you for the additional idea. I never would have thought of this. Great idea!
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