One such product is "Micropel." It's in a spray can and has to be tracked
down thru the net. Years ago, Walter Welch turned me on to it for use on
wax cylinders which had suffered mold damage. His theory was, "better a
silence than a bang." I't was only somewhat successful, but somewhat is
better than not at all.
It might work on polystyrene Lps which have dried out and created sizeable
pores. I don't know how it would fare with vinyl.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Aaron Luis Levinson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 9:39 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Groove Damage--was: Highly unorthodox cleaning
methods for LP'...
> I remember many years ago seeing an ad in Goldmine
> for a guy that promised a superslick treatment for vinyl
> which I think used powdered graphite as a way to fill
> in tiny holes and crevices that are in the groove itself.
> I was wary of putting graphite on my records at the time
> and the idea still strikes me as somewhat questionable.
> Can anyone comment on the Silicone and/or Graphite
> application procedure? By the way, the idea behind the
> graphite was identical to what Mike mentions below, the
> reduction of friction in the groove path.
> I doubt that Dr. Goldman thinks this is a good idea.
> And I am equally sure he has some sound reasons for that thought.
> Anyone care to comment yea or nay on this question?
> On May 23, 2004, at 6:09 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
> > In a message dated 5/22/04 10:23:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> > [log in to unmask] writes:
> >> So...how to manually correct skips or sticks on microgroove records?
> > Many years ago when I used to get unsleeved LPs that had been shuffled
> > through stacks of 78s at S.A. thrift stores, I used to condition them
> > by playing
> > them at 78 rpm with a heavily weighted low compliance 3 mil cartridge.
> > After a
> > few such passes I could get many to play through, though I'm sure this
> > did not
> > really improve their value.
> > Lately I've found, subjectively, that LPs tend to skip or repeat much
> > less if
> > they are treated with silicone lubricant. My theory is that the
> > reduced
> > friction makes the groove defect less likely to provide enough force
> > to throw the
> > stylus out of the groove.
> > Mike Csontos.