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In Reply to: RE: Great. Any cleaning of used LPs is a major step in improved sound and posted by Todd A. on November 10, 2021 at 15:49:44
Actually I owned an Opera Consonance machine and gladly sold it to move into the world of ultrasonic cleaning
I would not go back to a noisy vacuum system ever again.
Can't say as I blame you. Such would not be my choice if I had more available space.
using a small percentage of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. Alcohol is a universal solvent, even though it is not as good an organic solvent as alternative surfactants. Alcohol does help reduce the surface tension as well, even though it is not as effective as a surfactant.
You could then rinse off the alcohol based solution manually while protecting your record label using one of the a label protectors linked below. You could then drip dry the record in a rack or use a lint free cloth. In the last century, I rinsed off the record under a sink faucet, followed by pouring distilled water over the surface, then I put the record into a rack to drip dry(see pic).
I have been using 99.9% isopropyl and find that when I wipe afterwards with microfiber clothes, the alchohol completely evaporates as does my Tri-art record solution which clearly states that rinsing is unnecessary.
This makes things much simpler in the steps of my cleaning process.
It eliminates the need to rinse and vacuum.
I try to keep as minimal contact with the vinyl as possible.
Even though I filter my ultrasonic bath after four records, I still have a slight amount of surface material on the record after the ultrasonic bath(see the link below). The microfiber cloth wiping may be enough to eliminate that problem. I vacuum that off with my rinse cycle on the Record Doctor V.
I researched the Tri-Art solution as much as I could, and I think that it is mostly a weak solution of some alcohol. I never found a msds for the Tri-Art, but the Tri-Art site did state that alcohol was one ingredient. Alcohol is a universal solvent and it can reduce the surface tension of the water. Both of these characteristics are included in the Tri-Art advertisement.
If the Tri-Art had an additional surfactant in the cleaning solution besides the alcohol, then it would have to be rinsed off somehow.
Thanks for that.
As this is new to me I'm learning about surfactants and rinsing and I will have to buy a machine to vacuum if I decide to go that route. But for now I am very happy with the quality of clean I am getting.
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