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PCB corrosion

David916

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Hello all!

My name is David and I have a big problem and was hoping someone could offer some general advice about deep cleaning a corroded or oxidized PCB.

I have a heavy duty conveyor belt that worked perfectly fine until I let it sit outside during the rain season in California and it now powers on and the digital display comes on but doesn't send a signal to the motor. I opened the cover and it looks like there is some corrosion buildup. I read online that you can clean a corroded PCB by mixing 3 parts distilled water and 1 part baking soda into a slurry and letting it sit on the PCB for a few hours and then brushing and rinsing it off. I'm a bit concerned because I don't want to mess anything up or get electrocuted and was wondering if someone with a bit more knowledge than I could offer some very general advice.

I'm a welder by trade and have very limited knowledge about electronics (probably why I get zapped all the time) and apologize if I posted in the wrong form. :)

David
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I guess my real question is would i be able to spray it with a PCB cleaner and rinse with with water without doing damage to it?
I will unplug it before doing anything but see that there is a 350v capacitor and don't want to hurt myself or the board.

Thanks,
Dave
 

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Only little of the board is corroded although just one broken trace can cause your malfunction. Don't try to clean it with chemicals just yet, since you can try a few diagnostics using a voltmeter.

Do you hear the relay clicking at any time? That is the most likely component which sends power to the motor.

What volt levels are suppose to appear at the terminal strip? It looks as though the wires carry heavy current. Try tightening down the wires, especially since stranded wires tend to loosen under a screw connection.
 

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To clean a corroded or oxidized PCB, Use cotton swabs and a cleaning solution such as isopropyl alcohol, baking soda and water, or even vinegar to clean it. Gently apply the solution to the affected area and wipe back and forth until the corrosion is removed. If necessary, leave some of the solution on the corroded area and wipe it off later.It is the best technique to clean a corroded or oxidized PCB.
 

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