Vinyl Albums: Can Anyone Recommend a Good Discwashing Kit?

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  1. Chuckster

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    Got a turntable for Christmas, and remarkably, I kept all of my vinyl from my teens onward.

    Can anyone recommend a good discwashing system? All vinyl was kept in their sleeves, but there still seems to be dust/buildup on many of these albums.

    TIA...
     
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    Discwasher always worked best for me. Maybe there is something better now.

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  3. chet again

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    I just fill the basin with Dawn and warm water and let the record(s) soak for 10 or 15 minutes. Then I take them out, rinse them off and dry them on a clean towel. I let them dry in a dish tray or whatever they call them.
     
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    I buy most of my record supplies from Bags Unlimited. Below is a link to the cleaner, I also have a microfiber cloth and a sponge I use when I first get a record. Once I clean them, I give the records a quick swipe with a carbon fiber brush before I play them.

    https://www.bagsunlimited.com/produ...y-bottle-brcleans-about-b50b-lp-vinyl-records

    As with anything these days, you'll find people have very strong opinions about these things, you'll see everything from DIY to very expensive record cleaning machines.
     
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    Washing up liquid and a soft chamois leather works for me. Rinse off with clean water and let them dry naturally. This works for fingerprints but for heavy crud you may need more than just emulsifier
     
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    You want clean records, you need vacuum:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J4PABUQ/?tag=tdpri-20

    Or the trailer park version:

    https://www.needledoctor.com/Record-Doctor-V-Vinyl-Cleaning-Machine


    I've had a Nitty-Gritty 1.0 vacuum cleaner since about 1985. Still works great. It's saved a lot of used record store finds. https://www.musicdirect.com/cleanin...MI2ryb1dvB4wIVYP_jBx1tDgN3EAQYASABEgKo1PD_BwE If it ever breaks, though, I'll replace it with the Okki Nokki (or one of the other machines with similar features from ProJect, Music Hall or VPI).

    After you wet-clean and vacuum a record once, it should not need a full cleaning again in your lifetime if you practice normal care, and store it in a rice paper inner-sleeve.

    https://www.musicdirect.com/Search?searchterm=sleeves&sort=popularity|DESC&page=1&pagesize=24&c1=tab-products&c2=grid
     
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    I still have mine from about 1972.
     
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    Mine in the pic is from the late 1970s.
     
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    I used to use the Discwasher for many years and it seemed to work fine. About five years ago I went into a local high-end audio store to buy a needle and they recommended the AudioQuest brush when I asked if they carried the Discwasher fluid. It removes dust and static from records. I highly recommend it. It won't clean gunk from the grooves, but it you're just looking for cleaning a well taken care of record before you play it, this is all you need. I haven't used the Discwasher in years.
     
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    I'll watch this thread.

    Someone is giving me an old turntable and I want to try to clean up some Katrina'd records - see if they're too degraded to keep or not.
     
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    ..and new antistatic innersleeves after the wash!
     
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    Not sure about this one... sounds like it would damage the labels.
     
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    Nothing will clean your records better than a vacuum record cleaning machine, as Mr. Barnett mentioned above. Here's a lower cost alternative:
    https://www.kabusa.com/frameset.htm?/ev1.htm

    But you also need to be VERY careful of the fluid you use. It absolutely cannot contain any hint of alcohol.
     
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    Another tip, if you don’t know already: Store LPs in plastic sleeves.

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    Option A is better to minimize dust.
     
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    Coat them with wood glue then wait til it dries and peel it off...

    They will play more clearly than they ever have...

    Coming from a guy who had over 5k 33s I can GUARANTEE it works beautifully.
     
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    The wood glue method does work, but it must be Titebond II wood glue. And test your method on some junk records, don't try it on a good record until you've got the technique down.

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    There used to be a commercial product, Empire Disc-O-Film, that worked on the same principle. It was some kind of PVA compound not wood glue, but it worked well.

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    I've used regular old titebond with great results...

    Have also used regular old Elmer's school glue (pva) diluted with glycerin.

    The trick is just do not use anything that will dry out or attack vinyl.

    That's why I do not reccomend certain detergents or strong alcohol that will degrade the plasticizers in the vinyl.


    I do know my way around records and a turntable....
     
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    Like above titebond or other similar glue there’s a tutorial on you tube .

    I don’t know if this works but the old cleaning kits were velvet and denatured alcohol
     
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    It doesn't.
     
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