Record lubricants and fillers.

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Re: Record lubricants and fillers.

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I find that the following works extremely well with worn / dry / problematic records:

1. Play once with a bamboo needle.

2. 'Zig Zag' the record with bees wax.

3. Play again with a bamboo needle.

4. Blow excess wax off record.

5. Wipe it with a standard record cleaning cloth / velvety thingy block - what-ever they are called :roll:

6. Play again using a bamboo needle.

7. Blow off excess wax from record.

8. Wipe it with a standard record cleaning cloth / velvety thingy block - what-ever they are called :roll:

9. When next played the record sounds like new. Really.

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Re: Record lubricants and fillers.

Post by Curt A »

..."velvety thingy block"...

Record duster???

I'm going to try spray margarine, buffed with sack cloth and wiped off with Gewürztraminer Wine... :roll: :lol:
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Re: Record lubricants and fillers.

Post by leels1 »

For what it’s worth, and I know this is an old thread, beeswax spray polish works well for me.

Has to be the pure stuff in liquid form and a tiny amount does the trick to lubricate. The records looks better than it sounds but there is a noticeable
improvement in sound quality albeit small.

The WD40 method works well too but I always seem to use too much!

This is the stuff… Aristowax The Original Non Silicone Wood Silk Polish 250ml by Aristowax https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N08CIC8/ ... UTF8&psc=1

Doesn’t have to be bought from Amazon of course!

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Re: Record lubricants and fillers.

Post by GrafonolaG50 »

I used some Scott's Liquid Gold on some worn discs that the weak motor in my Electrola portable wouldn't play all the way through and it had good results. I figure if it's safe to use on shellac finished furniture, it won't hurt a shellac record. Spray on a rag, give a quick light wipe over the disc, and play it.

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