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Spring 2009

DIY Record Cleaning Machine
With bonus DIY cleaning fluid formulas.

Article By Frank Gales

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  This is the description of a record cleaning machine I built. It uses an industrial wet vacuum cleaner with 1000W to suck the cleaning fluid from the record. The fluid is applied by swinging a tube over the record and pumping with a manual pump. The platter is rotated manually and a normal paint brush can be used to get the dirt out of the grooves. I use a professional brush from a Moth record cleaning machine. After that the sucking tube is swinged onto the record (please don't forget to glue the velvet onto the tube, or the first record you cleaned is cleaned to death) and the vacuum cleaner is switched on. One or two spins should be enough to suck all the fluid with the dirt away.

 

Top View
Top View 

Above is a top view of the record cleaning machine. The plinth is a box which is about 10cm high. I used MDF because it is good if the whole thing is rather heavy, so that the machine does not move while vacuuming. The vacuum is rather high as the air slit is very small compared to a cleaning tube of a vacuum cleaner.

 

Side View
Side View

 

View From Underside the Cleaning Tube
 View From Underside

 

If you build such a machine please send me some feedback. If you have problems with the description, feel free to ask me.

Frank Gales
Germany

 

 

Bonus: DIY Cleaning Fluid
By Steven R. Rochlin

  For all you vinyl junkies out there, i have gathered a few suggested cleaning concoctions from the internet and other mailing lists. i offer no responsibility for these formulations. Quite a few dudes swear by certain one's. Me? Well, being too lazy i just buy Nitty Gritty (Kitty Litter) or VPI's stuff. Here we go:

   distilled water            alcohol                 detergent
------------------------------------------------------------------
1)      1 part           1 part isopropyl              none
2)      1 part           1 part isopropyl      a drop of Triton X-100
3)      1 quart         1 pint denatured        10 drops Photoflo
4)      3 parts               1 part               a few drops
5)      3 parts           1 part rubbing            a few drops
6)      4 parts           1 part ethanol                some

 

 

 

 

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