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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #90 on: May 02, 2016, 08:51:32 PM »
I use Magic eraser to clean my stylus. Works great.
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #91 on: May 02, 2016, 09:11:46 PM »
It works well for caked on crud, don't drag, just dip. 
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #92 on: August 26, 2016, 12:35:57 PM »
I managed to find the magic eraser after looking for it every time I went to checkers/PnP but found mine at Game by the mops. It works like a champ!

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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #93 on: January 13, 2017, 06:43:12 PM »
Hi all
can you clean your records with only a mixture of
distilled water/isopropyl alcohol or must you add
a wetting agent as well
what are the pros and cons
many thanks

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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #94 on: January 13, 2017, 06:59:28 PM »
You can, but it is a pain in the harris because the vinyl is naturally hydrophobic so it will not easily get into the grooves.  A surfactant (wetting agent) allows the liquid to get into the grooves. IPA reduces the surface tension somewhat but you would need to add more and therein lies the problem.  Kleen Green is available easily and some swear by it.  Just a couple of drops in half a litre of IPA/Water works wonders and is better than sunlight etc.
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #95 on: January 13, 2017, 07:05:06 PM »
Will get some Kleen Green
to add to the mixture
thanks

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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #96 on: April 09, 2017, 03:20:54 PM »
Ok, so finally I got everyrhing together, thanks to Matt (Mahleu) for an idler drive with no arm, plinth etc.  'Plinthed' on four plastic legs, rubber mat cut from a beer towel on top of an old wool mat (so record is at worst touching wool but usually rubber), record weight fashoned from a piece of scrap and prattleys putty.  Then a handheld vac with silicone tape over the end and a slit for sucking out the liquid.  And does it work? Well Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds seem to think so as did a von Karajan comp which was in a box in a garage for some years.  The records are clean as a whistle.

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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #97 on: April 13, 2017, 08:51:29 AM »
Here is my homemade record cleaner in action, it's ugly but very effective.


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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #98 on: July 04, 2017, 03:09:57 PM »
Sunlight liquid and a sponge. Moisten the sponge and squeeze of excess water. One or two drops of sunlight dishwashing liquid and wipe the  record following the grove of the record. Rinse record under tap and and place vertically to dry.

I do this every time if i want to clean a record. It works well. 
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #99 on: July 04, 2017, 05:15:25 PM »
Careful now, you'll start the RCM fluid recipe wars again.  I'd switch out the sunlight for isopropyl alcohol and a drop of Kleen Green, and the aponge for a soft brush followed by a rinse with distilled water and air drying.
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #100 on: July 04, 2017, 05:38:16 PM »
Sunlight liquid and a sponge. Moisten the sponge and squeeze of excess water. One or two drops of sunlight dishwashing liquid and wipe the  record following the grove of the record. Rinse record under tap and and place vertically to dry.

I do this every time if i want to clean a record. It works well.
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #101 on: July 04, 2017, 05:39:41 PM »
Careful now, you'll start the RCM fluid recipe wars again.  I'd switch out the sunlight for isopropyl alcohol and a drop of Kleen Green, and the aponge for a soft brush followed by a rinse with distilled water and air drying.
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #102 on: July 04, 2017, 05:57:19 PM »
All ingredients available at Dischem too.  I tend to get distilled water from work though (we have a still in the lab which unfortunately cannot be upgraded to Potcheen production unlike the one we had going when I was a student). Brush from any art store.  I think that should be an A+ at least.
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #103 on: July 04, 2017, 06:01:16 PM »
All ingredients available at Dischem too.  I tend to get distilled water from work though (we have a still in the lab which unfortunately cannot be upgraded to Potcheen production unlike the one we had going when I was a student). Brush from any art store.  I think that should be an A+ at least.

Nope. For an A+ you need to add a few drops of Ilford Ilfotol (wetting agent) so that your cleaning solution can actually get into the grooves!  :thumbs:
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Re: Cleaning vinyl
« Reply #104 on: July 04, 2017, 06:06:09 PM »
Nope. For an A+ you need to add a few drops of Ilford Ilfoto (wetting agent) so that your cleaning solution can actually get into the grooves!  :thumbs:
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