The Official Squeaky Clean RCM Thread (and TTVJ cleaning fluid discussion)

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  1. wgb113

    wgb113 Well-Known Member

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    I've read where others have been successful using Goo Gone on records as a last ditch effort. It wasn't to remove adhesive though that's what Goo Gone does best.
     
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    i miss this thread. have we changed the world yet?
     
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    also, i just did a forum search for “car wash” and all the results were this thread.

    i figured if we‘re all OCD enough about record cleaning, surely some of us are that way about our cars, no? NO???
     
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    I bought a RCM like two weeks after I got my TT as a result of this thread so.... Yes?
     
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    No but we learned that @dbarila has a cat.
     
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    This provided a much needed laugh this morning. Thank you!
     
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    I've been using this thing for a while now. Has anyone noticed scratching in the deadwax caused by the wand? With some records I have cleaned a number of times you can see it in daylight or under a bright light. I'm pretty sure I am not using too much suction. It is the case now that I can go through my collection and look at the deadwax to see whether that record has been cleaned or not on the squeaky clean. Anyone else notice this? It doesn't affect playback but some of my more expensive records have now got these swirl marks on them.
     
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    Are you sure they're not there before cleaning? I get plenty of new records that have swirl marks in the dead wax.
     
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    Yes, I've done a before and after check.
     
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    Hmm, I've never seen that and I have the valve all the way closed.
     
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    might want to check your wand and be sure there’s not something stuck in there that could be scratching the records. lint roll and vacuum it to be sure. but i also have the valve all the way closed and have even pressed down on it at times for ultimate suction and still never caused that.
    for sure the swirls are scratches? could it be fluid residue?
     
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    Thanks for advice. Just experimented on old 12 inch single with air control screw completely open. Was able to get fluid off in 2 passes. So think I've been using too much suction in past with screw nearly closed and wand has been scrubbing the vinyl.
     
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    I just got a Squeaky Clean RCM Mk-III for a birthday present along with a spiffy new wet-vac.

    I just purchased these plastic squeeze bottles from Amazon to house the solution.

    I was planning on going with what the manufacturer says and construct a solution of 1 parts 99% Isopropyl alcohol, 3 parts distilled water, and a little dash of dish detergent.

    I haven't read through this whole thread to learn about this TTVJ business, but is there anything I can do to drastically get better results or should I be good with my homemade mixture?

    - Matt
     
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    In this case, "better" is very much similar to other parts the audio hobby.
    Alcohol is technically to intense for vinyl, and can cause break down over time. Does diluting it with with distilled water solve that problem... it's hotly debated all around the internet/hobby.
    Is your dish detergent possibly leaving a film on the vinyl - also highly debated.
    Does the science behind enzyme cleaners really clean noticeably better than an alcohol based solution - also debated. It might work better, but is it worth the price?

    These items are all discussed in the past 26 pages, and elsewhere on the internet. Everything has trade offs. You just need to try some stuff, do some research, and decide for yourself.

    Personal bias: I use TTVJ, and see no reason to change. To me the cost is extremely minimal when you are making your own mix. My personal decision process was enzymes make sense logically to me. Alcohol and dish soaps may not present a problem... but in theory they also might. I'm not going to test that theory with things I intend to own for potentially multiple decades.
     
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    Welcome aboard! I had recently switched from the same homemade solution that you are looking to make to the TTVJ stuff. It actually does make a pretty good difference. I first started using it to get around a distilled water rinse but have actually found it does do a much better job of cleaning. $50 seems like a lot for the concentrate but it makes a whole gallon so it lasts a long time. I use the brush that (maybe still) comes with the Squeaky Clean to spread the fluid around and then use this brush

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vinyl-Brus...286010?hash=item3d60d08f7a:g:vgMAAOSwq4VaP1Xn

    to agitate the fluid until it suds up and then let it sit for one minute before vacuuming. Works like a charm!
     

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