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Cleaning Vinyl Records
I use a simple soap, a brush for applying shadow and isopropyl alcohol. First, wet the vinyl under warm running water, then brush along the tracks cover with soap and water and wait 10 minutes (can be longer, depending on the vinyl contamination), then wash off the soap with warm water, the next step - cover with isopropyl alcohol, and again my warm water. After that - a vacuum cleaner. At the end of the tube is necessary to put a small piece of microfiber and fix her hair rubber band or money, who it uses it. Starting vacuuming, but the pressure on the vinyl is not necessary, everything happens naturally expense of suction effect. Then we place the vinyl on the turntable, turns it over in half an hour on the other side. Then we pack it in an antistatic bag. All! Rejoice pure vinyl, beautiful sound and life!All good, clean vinyl and a nice sound!P.S.: In my experience, very clean and well maintained vinyl in Japan (personal opinion).Sorry for bad english.
Thanks, for a nice article. Audio purists might ridicule this approach, but I have found it gets records clean while avoiding using aggressive chemicals. A refinement I have found, is using Dent pullers (118mm) as label protectors when sink cleaning using your procedure. They also provide convenient handles avoiding touching the record at all. You can even leave an album in to soak for an extended period without the fear that the label will be damagedhttps://youtu.be/Qy55w3b0Mu0
thanks this was very helpfull.
In an ideal World, the only thing to touch the surface of a record should be a stylus. However, one method is the use of an Ultrasonic Cleaner. This ticks all the boxes with regards to non-contact with the surface of the record and they can be cleaned very thoroughly without chemicals. Microscopic dust particles are cleaned from the very bottom of the record groove.More info: https://bestultrasoniccleaner.wordpress.com/2015/0...
Ok I have to say, this WORKED. I found a bonus album inside a Herb Alpert Case which turned out to be 12" Cameo Word up Extended version. Well Im an 80s child so I was stoked. But the record was bad with clumps of dirt. I tried alcohol at first but then i tried the wd 40. I sprayed some on a microfiber cloth and wiped gently in one motion around the record. Then I used a damp dishsoap microfiber cloth to clean the wd40 off. then dried with a soft tshirt. I think it still has some wd 40 residue (certainly smells like it) but it plays so smooth now!. And it isnt ruined. :)
I worried about the label also. Don't forget it's pressed into the vinyl when it's in the stamper so there's no way it will come off. Although I use my bare hands to wash vinyl I have never caused harm to a label - it will go very dark when it's wet but it always dries back to the original colour & contrast. I will try the record brush approach however & it's a simple matter to brush in the direction of the grooves & avoid the label altogether. In my opinion it's people who advocate solvents instead of water who are more at risk of damaging vinyls:)
I transfer records to digital as part of my job in a broadcasting company & can whole-heartedly recommend this... People often ask if I use solvents to clean & my answer is always "no" - just soap & warm water. Having said that, if there is sticky stuff which will not dissolve, I then try isopropyl alcohol. Do NOT use this on lacquer or acetate disks though, the groves will vanish!!! Nice instrucrable, thank you for posting it.John RobertsWellington.New Zealand. - Pentagrid
I used two butter dish lids with a bolt, washer and wingnut to clamp over the label area before cleaning, to protect it. Also, VERY IMPORTANT, use distilled water to rinse because chlorine can eat vinyl. I used velvet in the 70's but micro fiber might be better. Wet labels tend to separate from the record. . . - GarryB10
I would NEVER EVER clean an LP like in this instruction, YOU WILL RUIN it if you do. WHY would you get the label wet ? Using a washcloth will scratch it - GeorgeS4
Paper label can be damaged by moisture.
I remove dust, particles AND static from my records by placing them on the turntable, start it up, spread a thick layer of wood glue on the record in a spiral from the outside to the middle, use an old credit card or similar to spread it evenly, let it dry for 24 hours, peel the dried glue off and Bob's your uncle. The first record I ever used this on was a g to g- copy. Looked awful and played as G. after the glue treatment it still looked awful but played VG to VG+.
Has anyone ever tried Scotts Liquid Gold? Or something similar? It is a cleaner, and has an oil that is very impressive......and though it is for wood, it seems to work great for everything I can think of. I would soft cloth, towel it all off, but I believe this would clean, and condition......extremely well.
I have an old Elvis record that seems to have paint on one side. Is there any way to remove the paint and save the recording?
For anti-static, try the Tonar Nostatic Mat II - www.tonar.eu - shockingly, it makes a huge difference.
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