Danish Audio ConnecT. Switch contact cleaning. In rare cases it may be necessary to clean the contacts on DACT switches. If cleaning is required it will show as noise in the speakers when the switch is operated. Tuner 600 from Kontakt Chemie is the only cleaning agent recommend for this use by DACT.

DACT' switch contact cleaning
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Contact cleaning
In rare cases a DACT switch (attenuator or input selector) may start making noises in the speakers when operated. The necessity of cleaning will depend on the environment in which the switch is used (air pollution, humidity, temperature, dust).
The phenomenon has to do with particles being attracted and attached to areas on the gold plated contacts on the PCB, rivets or sliding contact.
It shows up as noises in the speakers when the switch is operated. It often only occurs at a single or a few of the switch positions.
Unless any unusual noises are heard there is absolutely no reason for carrying out the contact cleaning procedure - we recommend never to make any cleaning unless clearly necessary!
DACT only warrants one cleaning agent for this purpose: Tuner 600 manufactured by Kontakt Chemie (CRC Industries Europe NV), Belgium. Tuner 600 is a quick-drying solvent cleaner, leaves no residue and is neutral on materials. It does not contain aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons.


Use of any other cleaning agent or substance is strongly discouraged and will be completely on the users own responsibility. Usage of other substances is very likely to completely damage the switch.

Kontakt Chemie Tuner 6000Tuner 600 availability
Tuner 600 by Kontakt Chemie is manufactured by CRC Industries Europe NV, Belgium
The product is commonly available from main electronics distributors. Examples of such are
    RS Components (http://www.rscomponents.com)
    Farnell (http://www.farnell.com)
    Conrad (http://www.conrad.com/)
In case of any sourcing problems we recommend visiting the manufacturers web site at http://www.crceurope.com


Safety concerns
Because Tuner 600 is flammable, care must be taken when working with the product. Ensure there are no ignition sources (naked flames, sparks, incandescent surfaces) nearby. The product must also not be used in live electrical subassemblies. The cleaner must be completely evaporated before electrical equipment is switched on. Ensure the workplace is well-ventilated when using this product. Additional safety information to be found in the Manufacturers safety data sheet


Do NOT start the cleaning process before having thoroughly read and understood the Tuner 600 manufacturers data sheet and safety data sheet. DACT does not accept any responsibility for damages or injuries caused by wrong usage of other companies’ products!

Download PDF version of the manufacturers Tuner 600 data sheet (39KB).

Tuner 600 data sheet

DACT stereo attenuator

Cleaning procedure
Opening cover on CT2
After having read all Tuner 600 safety instructions start the cleaning procedure by powering off any equipment into which the attenuator is built. Disconnect the equipment from the mains by pulling out the mains plugs. In the same way, power off any other connected equipment in the audio setup.
Wait doing anything further until all reservoir capacitors in the equipment have discharged.
The cleaning procedure may now be carried out either while the attenuator remains connected and mounted in it’s usual location, or it may be disconnected and removed for cleaning. The cleaning procedure is easiest carried out if the attenuator is removed but the user may judge how difficult removing it is. Alternatively, if the attenuator remains in it’s usual location, it has to be considered if the applied Tuner 600 will make marks and traces on other parts of the equipment if applied too generously.

Cover openStep 1. Now, open the cover of the attenuator deck in question for cleaning. This is the clear plastic cover (fig. 2) that protects the switching parts. The plastic cover consists of two identical halves clicked together in top and bottom. Un-click the two cover halves in their top joint carefully by using for instance a small screw driver. See fig. 3

Step 2. Using the screw driver gently squeeze the two cover halves apart while “hinging” together in their lower click connection. See fig. 4. Only a small opening is required. Normally 5-10mm is sufficient (1/4-3/8”). Do not open the cover more than necessary for obtaining  access to one of the gold plated contacts on the PCB (fig. 5).

Step 3. Tuner 600 is supplied with an extension tube that allows more precise injection of the chemicals. Attached this extension tube to the head of the Tuner 600 spray can.
Rotate the switch shaft so the sliding contact (see fig. 5) is located where the opening in the plastic covers has been made. Spray Tuner 600 onto the sliding contact and PCB contacts where the two touch (blue arrow fig. 5). Spraying for around one second is a suitable dose. Immediately after, operate in “wet condition” the switch by turning is fully clockwise and anti clockwise several times. Then leave the switch drying for 2-5 minutes until all Tuner 600 has evaporated, and repeat Step 3.

Step 4. Now leave the switch drying for 10 minutes or  until all Tuner 600 is clearly evaporated. Using two fingers for gently clicking back together the two plastic cover halves.Make sure to actually feel the “click” ensuring the plastic covers are properly locked.

Step 5. In case the attenuator was unsoldered and removed from it’s usage location, connect it back into it’s circuit.

Inject Tuner 600Step 6. Be very careful when powering the equipment back up. Take every precaution to protect your speakers and amplifiers against any damage or wrong connection made during the cleaning procedure. Turn volume fully down before powering up..