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 Best way to lubricate an optical crossfader? 
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Post Best way to lubricate an optical crossfader?
It's getting quite heavy to slide it. So I'd guess it needs a "smering"?

Heard sewing machine oil does the job best?


Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:10 pm
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i'd ask the manufacturer...just to be sure...you don't want to use something wrong, and fuck up your mixer

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well, maybe i'd better start saving for a decent mixer then

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It's not that hard... Just open up your mixer (shut down all power first!!!) and remove the crossfader. Then open up de metallic box of the crossfader.

You'll then see a chrome rail on which the fader slides + the optics. Important is not to touch the optics, or let any dirty get on them. I used some sort of sewing machine lube...just did it on a cotton stick ('wattenstaafje) and lubed up the rail.

Then assemble everything and bob's your uncle!

My mixer is a stanton, I don't know if it differs from other brands, but if you take care you won't damage your mixer :)


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If its a modular fader it's actually very easy:

screw of the top panel of your mixer.
You can then see if your crossfader is a seperate 'box' or if its built in.
unscrew/unclick the faderbox & remove the wiring (should be on a connector, if it's soldered directly to the mixer's board stop here unless you know what you're doing)

Now you have the seperate crossfader & it's PCB detached from the main board.
open up the box & you'll most likely see the Xfader button connected to the PCB, sliding along a set of small metal rails.
-> that's the spot were you want to apply some lubricant, AFTER you clean it.

Don't want to make too much reklam here but the stuff I use for this is Locktite 7063 (metal cleaner)
& 8201 (multi purpose lubricant a.k.a "kruipolie")


Be careful when putting it back together.
"optical" Xfaders aint really optical, they usually move a small metal plate between 2 rows of metaldetectors.
Make sure the Xfader moves fluently, and make sure that the metal plate stays nice in the centre of the 2 rows of sensors.
Don't apply too much force or shit like that. Especially if you got a stanton optical fader (they are actually quite badly built and the metal thingie I mentioned can bend/crack/fall off)

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