Alcohol is a death sentence for shellac-compound records. All cleaning
solutions for them should be 100% alcohol-free. Alcohol dissolves shellac at
worst, damages it otherwise.
It is for sure! I use it regularly and the results are quite good. I don't know about the 100% alcohol free verdict though.
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On Jun 10, 2012, at 3:48 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Mike, agree that arguments always arise, but it's important to mention NO ALCOHOL in whatever solution you use for shellac, right? Just in case someone doesn't know ...
> BTW, now to wade into the inevitable argument ... I haven't tried it but it looks to me like the Spin-Clean would be a good low-cost solution for 78's
> THAT SAID, if I were buying it, I would contact the company and ask them point-blank if they guarantee their solution is alcohol-free and safe for shellac before using it on your 78's.
> The reason I like this machine is that it keeps the label dry but thoroughly soaks the groove area, and it's less sloppy than a slop-sink and sponge.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Biel" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2012 3:42 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] victor record conservation
> From: Patrick Sumner <[log in to unmask]>
>> To whom it may concern: wondering if someone knows how to clean vintage
>> "Victor" records-a few have a green mold, most are just stored vertically in
>> the area below the player. Also, would there be anyone in the Louisville,
>> Ky area able to "check-out" the functions.many thanks, patrick
> The "functions" of what????
> There's very little in shellac records for mold to grow on. The problem
> possibly is with the sleeves, and especially the cardboard of any
> albums. It will probably clean off by cleaning them the usual way
> (arguments always arise when record cleaning is mentioned) but the
> sleeves and album covers will reinfect the cleaned records if they are
> the problem. And the wood and varnish of the player might also be a
> problem. The insides of the player need to be dried out, aired out, and
> possibly sealed. You don't mention the vintage of either the player or
> the records. Is it a wind-up and these are acoustical records, or is it
> a modern console? Stored in a damp basement?
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]