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How do you clean cloth covered wire harnesses


By SteveinTexas

5 years ago



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    #1 5 years ago

    Hope this is not a silly question.

    I have spent the evening searching for suggestions and have found only a few ranging from a light rub with a damp cloth to a bingo pinball video showing a heavy soaking with a degreasing agent and a good scrubbing. Not sure about the second without some assurance from people in this forum.

    #3 5 years ago

    Thanks for the reply Nick.

    Its the wiring in older pinball machines I am concerned with. I did not say it but it is a Can Can Bingo machine I am currently working at cleaning it is much worse than my pinballs. Frankly it is filthy and stinks! I have the cabinet stripped and have washed the wood with bleach and all the metal internals have been tumbled or cleaned. The harness however carries a lot of dirt and tobacco stench.

    I plan then to soak it in a degreaser solution diluted with water for a day or so and then scrub and rinse. I have a compressor so blowing of the water prior leaving a few days to dry. Even if it doesn't get as clean as i would like it should lose the smell.

    Obviously the back box is the worst and that is why in the video they clean it before touching with their hands too much. I will probably go that way too.

    I wonder however what others have done for their old games?

    #10 5 years ago

    Nick,

    I contacted the guys in the Netherlands 'Frans and Coos'. They both have different internet sites with english translations. I asked them What is the Magic spray and the Sorbo Blue Wonder made of?

    Frans answered as follows;

    "The problem with the magic stuff and the Sorbo is that the first product is not longer for sale as it was too aggressive and Sorbo is just an ordinary Dutch detergent, used for all kinds in the housekeeping. We bought the Magic Stuff in big cans and as far as we know the staple is a sodium hydroxide solution. So you can try to dissolve tablets of the dishwasher as those are pretty aggressive. But all you need is a strong degreaser which will do the job and I am sure there are a lot of those over in the USA."

    Just getting started on this restore fixing the cabinet and making stencils of the different can can girls (you got to get the ladies just right). I will post this step when complete.

    Still most interested in others suggestions on what detergent/degreaser you have used on the wires. and are happy or unhappy with.

    Steve J.

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    #28 5 years ago

    Great feed back to the video evidence. I have to agree with Nick about old bingo games as my bingo is a whole lot different to my old pin-balls. The bingo was full of oil and probably tar not nicotine (jrpinball point is probably spot on), the head still is filthy so this type of cleaning is probably the way to go before I strip it down. The use of the magic cleaner as 'Frans' admits and 'Shoot-Again' mentions is a caustic(sodium hydroxide) cleaner we don't know the strength but just look at how the grime washed away. However, I am unwilling to try it and Frans agree's it is not the way to go.

    As per the old pinball wood I have liberally 'washed' an old EM machine component base board but I did use a compressor to remove the rinse water and detergents quickly. It is much cleaner and no harm done to wiring (which is a lot brighter) and components etc.

    Check out the site Nick has linked they are excellent restorers. Also Frans site is;
    http://ballybingo.nl/

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