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Post subject: Novel record cleaning method  PostPosted: Dec 13, 2013 - 12:09 PM
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Some of you might've seen this before, but it's a new one to me. Reminds me of pulling up the funny pages with silly putty as a kid. Found on instructables.com, click here for the whole article (dial-up warning: LOTS of pics, could be slow to load)

Basically, he's wrapped a tapered dowel with removable putty, and then works it around the playing surface with a press block. Dirt and grime in the grooves is pulled up on the putty. Any putty residue wipes away with standard cleaning fluid (or so he says). If you go to the website, he's got a ton of photos to show the whole process of making and using this setup, and all the gunk that comes out of the grooves, although not a lot of written details unfortunately.

Anybody done this? First impressions? Seems simple enough to be worth a try.






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And if you like this, you should check out some of his other posts about building your own record pressure washer and wet-sanding out surface scratches. Fascinating stuff.

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AudioGasoline wrote:
And if you like this, you should check out some of his other posts about building your own record pressure washer and wet-sanding out surface scratches. Fascinating stuff.


Watched it, I'm still shaking a little. Can't decide which is more harrowing to behold - the sandpaper/polishing compound treatment or the pressure washer. I understand that labels can tolerate a little water, but he blasts them with high pressure liquid for 5 minutes and doesn't even suggest drying the labels off. Polishing compound? That takes ground-in dirt, and even a little bit of paint, off the exterior of your car (shudder).
 
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I know, shocking right? The only reason I don't discredit him immediately is because his bio says "retired inventor and plastics engineer". The video is crazy - you just keep gasping in disbelief, but he goes back to the turntable with it and it sounds better at every step.

It takes a lot of balls to wet-sand a record, buff it out with polishing compound and then put your name on it. I won't be trying some of his ideas soon, but they'll certainly be bouncing around in my head for a while. No harm in playing around with some TUC just to see how things work, I suppose.

PS - I think the record washer has built-in rubber-sealed label covers.

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AudioGasoline wrote:
... but he goes back to the turntable with it and it sounds better at every step.


I kept thinking "Where did he get five copies of that Jonah Jones LP"?
 
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I kept thinking "Where did he get five copies of that Jonah Jones LP"?

Laughing

The video in question, for those of you reading along:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r7iae2rjWE

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AudioGasoline wrote:
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It takes a lot of balls to wet-sand a record, buff it out with polishing compound and then put your name on it.


Anyone recall the influx of "polished" rekkids about 20 years ago? Made a VG vinyl 45 look M- until ya' took a good look at the grooves under magnification. I believe that ammonia and some sort of motorized buffing apparatus was used. After I got burned on several polished rarities (the last being an original R-Dell 11 Jaguars 45) I learned to spot the hazy deadwax and no longer needed the glass.
 
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wow, no, that ain't right at all. It's one thing to restore a record to playable condition for yourself, but selling it as an untreated M- original is over the line. Not cool.

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i'm waiting for the video of how to strap your records on your pick up truck and drive it thru the local car wash.

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wurlitzer1450 wrote:
i'm waiting for the video of how to strap your records on your pick up truck and drive it thru the local car wash.


That's coming,Wurl. You won't need to any more wax. Confused
 
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