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    I'm just curious (actually, not just curious, but looking to steal your techniques hehe) how you guys handle cleaning your records? ...Especially those of you who don't own an expensive machine or concoct complicated chemical solutions. lol

    Like, what are some simple, at-home techniques you guys use. 'Cause I keept my records pretty well, but some of these I've gotten used - it's like the previous owner buried them when he wasn't spinning 'em.

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    I've always used a clean/soft duster and a homemade weak solution of lighter fluid and water.
    The solvent qualities of the lighter fluid are strong enough to get rid of most grime, but not strong enough to destroy the wax.

    It also gets rid of most marker scribblings on glossy labels/covers.

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    For really dirty records the PVA glue technique works very well.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_5655053_clean-records-wood-glue.html
    Hypnotical Gases - Keeping my proboscis out of the dirt.

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    Bob Disaster:>For really dirty records the PVA glue technique works very well.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_5655053_clean-records-wood-glue.html
    Have you tried that, it seems a little bit extreme to me!

    My method is....I just wash the record using soapy water and then play the record through first time after cleaning slightly "wet" to help pull all the crap out of the grooves. This works fine for me.....

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    ^ does that damage the needle though?

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    No, doesn't damage the needle.....

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    A lot of record shops use Isopropanol and a cloth.

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    Tha_Disc_Eater:>
    Bob Disaster:>For really dirty records the PVA glue technique works very well.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_5655053_clean-records-wood-glue.html
    Have you tried that, it seems a little bit extreme to me!

    My method is....I just wash the record using soapy water and then play the record through first time after cleaning slightly "wet" to help pull all the crap out of the grooves. This works fine for me.....
    A guy I know has done it and said the results were amazing. Really only necessary on very dirty records though.
    Hypnotical Gases - Keeping my proboscis out of the dirt.

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    What's the best way to get sticker residue off labels? Just bought a couple of albums and they're stickered to hell...

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    isopropoynl frosty

 

 

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