How to clean old electronic equipment

Hi Groups,

I'm not sure this is appropriate for this group. I just got one vintage HP Function generator. It produce very bad odor all around. I tracked the source of this to be from bad NI-CD batteries leakage. I tried clean it with few type of the cleaner spray I have but it still smell very bad. It seem that the odor stick very well with the vinyl.

Thanks, Ixon

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The best cleaner is water, possibly with some alcohol content too. If it was a bad leak you may need to get it quite wet to remove all the crud but be be careful where the dirty water goes because it can then re-contaminate other bits. Lots of flowing water is sometimes best so as to keep the nasty chemicals you're removing well diluted.


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