Post By: Alan
Today has been one of those days where I haven't really done anything except browse the web. Of course, in my conquests of the internets, I came across a very interesting idea...cleaning your vinyl records with wood glue.
Here's the deal: Most wood glues contain a substance that is very similar to the chemicals used in vinyl records. This chemical is great for sticking to just about everything...except vinyl. So, basically you coat your record with glue, let it dry, then peel it off, taking all of the junk off your record and out of the grooves.
How cool is that?
Oh, here's my source. Read it carefully before attempting.
Of course, there are a few issues:
First, this is definitely an extreme measure, and a bit too much for cleaning most of your records. For light surface dust, just brush it. For dirt and oil that have been ground into the grooves, glue it.
Next, it takes some time. You have to wait a good 4-8 hours for the glue to dry, so you probably won't want to attempt this on a record you absolutely must listen to RIGHT NOW!
There is also the potential to damage your record. Drip some glue on the label, and now you have a bump that causes the record to lie less flat on the platter, potentially causing distortion.
Overall, this method for cleaning records is probably best used sparingly only on records that absolutely need it. If you treat your vinyl really well, you may never have to use this trick, but on the other hand, say you have something really great that has been neglected, why not try the glue technique?
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