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How to deoxidize electrical contacts?


Is there anything that you can buy at the hardware store (--or any kind of home-brew solution?) that you can put on electrical contacts, siuch as the prongs of a plug, to de-oxidizew them?

I have a plug whose contacts are oxidized. I cleaned the contacts with fine emery cloth, but for next time, there must be an easier way.



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By "oxidized" do you mean gross corrosion, or have they just turned dark from their new shiny appearance?

If they are just discolored, it will have absolutely no effect on their operation or their ability to conduct electricity or carry current; if the appearance is an issue, just shine them up with a bit of 4/0 (four-ought) steel wool, or a bit of very fine white "Scotch-Brite" pad.  Nothing you can do will keep them from darkening again.

If, on the other hand, they are grossly corroded, with crusty deposits and pitting, you have a whole different problem, and the corrosion is just a symptom of it.  If this id the case, your outlet is exposed to some sort of foreign material such as moisture (most common) or chemical intrusion, and you need to find the source of that and eliminate it.  This sort of thing is dangerous, and will eventually lead to a fire or other disastrous event.  If you have this problem, and are in the least unsure of what you should do, call a licensed and insured, qualified Electrician.



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I'm confused here - - - do you mean the male or female connection? confuse



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The male connection--the prongs.



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Dip it into a baking soda and water solution and hit it with a wire brush.

Disclaimer: be sure and let it dry completely before plugging it into a socket omfg.gif



-- Edited by Mello Yello on Sunday 8th of May 2011 12:50:35 PM

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If appearance is a problem, but they shine with the 4 / 0 (D should be) a bit of steel wool or very fine white bit of "Scotch" pad. What can be done, let them black again.

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Baking soda and water should clean them up......

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