I have a mouse wheel that's acting up and even after taking it apart and cleaning it inside out very well, there seems to be some dirt inside the rotary encoder of the mouse wheel. Blowing it with air didn't help.
I have cleaned potentiometers before using IPA with success and I noticed it has similar tabs so I'm guessing you open it up the same way as potentiometers.
I've heard there's optical and mechanical encoders but I'm not sure what mine is. My guess is that if it's optical it will have a transparent disk inside it but to that I have to unsolder it. I have put this on hold to plan it a bit first and make sure I have all the materials I need for the repair.
Is it ok to use IPA to clean a mechanical encoder or will it mess up any lubricant that's inside? And if it does (and assuming there's no better option) what kind of lubricant should be used after?
Same if it's optical: Will IPA ruin the print on the disk or is it safe to use?
Any further advice on repairing rotary encoders would be much appreciated as I recently started working in repairs and although the most common way to go about it is to replace the part, I'd like to be able to repair it (because of an interest in vintage synth repairs where parts are very often obsolete or hard to find).