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Old 10th July 2003, 02:40 PM   #1
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I have searched the forum and other sites on the web trying to find the "best" formula for prepairing a solution for record cleaning.
What is commonly used is 3 to 4 parts distilled (or demineralized water), 1 part of isopropyl alcohol and a few drops of wetting agent (like Triton X-100, not Photophlo or Agepon).
Somewhere I saw a formula using ethyl instead of isoropyl alcohol. Is there any difference in using either of these two alcohols or it makes no difference?

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Old 10th July 2003, 03:21 PM   #2
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Hope this helps: http://lcweb.loc.gov/preserv/care/record.html

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Old 10th July 2003, 04:34 PM   #3
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Old 10th July 2003, 05:35 PM   #4
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I have already looked at the links you mention. Thanks.
My main question is whether there is a difference between using isopropyl or ethyl alcohol.
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As long as the alcohole is pure I don't think it doesn't matter but in Sweden cannot private persons buy pure 96 or 99.5% alcohole, only T-sprit 96% with womitting stuff.

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in Sweden cannot private persons buy pure 96 or 99.5% alcohole
What a sad country I can go to the supermarket and by as much 96% I like. Drinkable! Well, not pure, that would not be wise.

Pure, there is not much difference if used on vinyl. Beware for shellac, I prefer pure water for that.
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Old 11th July 2003, 07:07 AM   #7
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Also in my country I can easily find pure 95 degrees ethyl alcohol from the super market (although a little expensive - something like 5-6 Euros for a 430 ml bottle).

Anyway, since it makes no difference whether I use ethyl or isopropyl alcohol, I will prepare my solution with whatever is cheaper from those two.

Thanks everyone for advise.

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a little expensive - something like 5-6 Euros for a 430 ml bottle
What a great country! I have to pay about 25 euro for a 1L bottle.

Where do you guys find those wetting agents? I have looked around several shops, but draw a blank everywhere.
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If you have access to a cleaning device that uses ultrasound, you might want to try that.
I don't know if it works, but those ultrasound baths are supposed to clean very good.

If you can find one that's big enough, try it out, and let us know!
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by kenev
[B]I have searched the forum and other sites on the web trying to find the "best" formula for prepairing a solution for record cleaning.
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I have tried all sorts including suction devices. I now clean under my shower with light bleach solution to remove mould and nothing else. Alcohol and detergents seem to introduce noise; as does suction in some cases.

Use a brush along thre grooves; shower off, wave disc to remove water, pat with soft tissue, then dry under a fan. As good as new in most cases.
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