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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #30 on: February 20, 2015, 06:56:35 AM »
Some nice articles on that site, came across this one a few days ago regarding record care (well more record storage) that's quite a good read.

https://londonjazzcollector.wordpress.com/for-audiophiles/record-care/

Nice article.  Lesson learnt?  Don't bring drinks/food anywhere near your records!  We're all well acquainted with old Murphy.
Now to get the sleeves...

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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #31 on: March 05, 2015, 11:08:01 PM »
Got my Ilford Ilfotol at Tothills Pharmacy in Cape Town. They have more I think or if you are local I'll give you some of mine.. I'll never get through it all!

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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2015, 01:33:15 PM »
Ok so to add to the questions since this is the sticky ...

What do you guys do to keep your cleaning stuff clean ?
I see my stylus/needle brushes and even RCM brushes etc...
getting a bit of build up from cleaning a lot and also some of the cloths ( like the spinkleen stuff)...

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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #33 on: April 02, 2015, 01:54:15 PM »
Soft tooth brush with vacuum running to clean debris out of suction lips at end of all cleaning sessions.

This is less easy with machines that suck from above (perhaps not even possible with old VPI with suction in the lid. )
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #34 on: April 02, 2015, 08:26:50 PM »
Soft tooth brush with vacuum running to clean debris out of suction lips at end of all cleaning sessions.

This is less easy with machines that suck from above (perhaps not even possible with old VPI with suction in the lid. )

Tx G.
And I just happen to have one of those older ones...
What about the record brushes and stuff ? Just a clean green wash and tap rinse ?
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #35 on: April 14, 2015, 11:08:56 AM »
Any tricks on getting hold of those record sleeves?

tried amazon but they don't ship here.

and by "tricks" i mean local (reasonably priced) resellers

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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #36 on: April 14, 2015, 11:10:01 AM »
Any tricks on getting hold of those record sleeves?

tried amazon but they don't ship here.

and by "tricks" i mean local (reasonably priced) resellers

Hi-Phibian can help you.

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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #37 on: April 14, 2015, 12:40:05 PM »
+1.
Hi Phibian supplied me as well.
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #38 on: May 11, 2015, 09:19:52 AM »
can one use the distilled water, iltofol(wetting agent) and clean green mixture to clean the needle? a drop on carbon brush and give it a wipe?

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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #39 on: May 11, 2015, 09:22:40 AM »
can one use the distilled water, iltofol(wetting agent) and clean green mixture to clean the needle? a drop on carbon brush and give it a wipe?

I wouldn't do that, a dry clean is a safer bet, if you have some buildup on the stylus them maybe a bit of alcohol but use it sparingly, I'd also not use the carbon brush for this, most cleaning brushes for the stylus are similar to toothbrush bristle, when carbon brushes are wet the bristles stick together.

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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #40 on: May 11, 2015, 10:21:42 AM »
I wouldn't do that, a dry clean is a safer bet, if you have some buildup on the stylus them maybe a bit of alcohol but use it sparingly, I'd also not use the carbon brush for this, most cleaning brushes for the stylus are similar to toothbrush bristle, when carbon brushes are wet the bristles stick together.

Thanks Jatho thought i would rather ask than cause damage. the brush im using is the usual needle cleaner little brush. i keep getting mixed up with that and the one for the vinyl itself.

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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #41 on: May 11, 2015, 10:44:58 AM »
I'd also not use the carbon brush for this, most cleaning brushes for the stylus are similar to toothbrush bristle, when carbon brushes are wet the bristles stick together.
Those toothbrush lookalikes are completely useless. Don't waste your time. 

Really good styli brushes are made of CF, about 1mm long (!) and consequently very stiff.
http://www.needledoctor.com/New/Stylus-Cleaners
http://www.turntableneedles.com/Turntable-Needle-Stylus-Cleaning-Brush_p_3890.html
Adding a drop of isopropyl to this stubble doesn't cause them to stick together but helps greatly to remove the gummed-up deposits.

Electronic styli brushes are designed to work exactly like so.


Just don't go mad with alc all over the bottom of the  cartridge and definitely not on the suspension - brush stylus only.

For frequent dry cleaning use the "magic eraser". As the name says - magic.
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #42 on: May 11, 2015, 12:53:26 PM »
Those toothbrush lookalikes are completely useless. Don't waste your time. 

Really good styli brushes are made of CF, about 1mm long (!) and consequently very stiff.
http://www.needledoctor.com/New/Stylus-Cleaners
http://www.turntableneedles.com/Turntable-Needle-Stylus-Cleaning-Brush_p_3890.html
Adding a drop of isopropyl to this stubble doesn't cause them to stick together but helps greatly to remove the gummed-up deposits.

Electronic styli brushes are designed to work exactly like so.


Just don't go mad with alc all over the bottom of the  cartridge and definitely not on the suspension - brush stylus only.

For frequent dry cleaning use the "magic eraser". As the name says - magic.

im using the pro-ject stylus brush. is isopropyl available at chemists? and where can one purchase the magic eraser?

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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #43 on: May 11, 2015, 12:57:53 PM »
Yes
Most home-departments. It goes under different proprietary names. I'll look up one that I got (thanks to Winslow :dop:) and update later.
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #44 on: May 11, 2015, 01:03:32 PM »
My magic eraser is the Addis brand, and I got it from PnP.
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