I'd be concerned the water would act like "cutting fluid" on a lathe. I'd
try it first on something where it wouldn't be a tragedy if it was damaged.


Steve Greene
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Office of Presidential Libraries
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On Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 2:10 PM, Nathan Coy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> So I've been thinking about the somewhat controversial topic of wet
> playback as I'm working in dry conditions currently. What I am thinking is
> it usually is talked about in terms of lubrication (or it seems to me). I
> am thinking what if it creates increased localized humidity  around the
> disc as the water evaporates reducing static charge and thus static
> discharge from disc to stylus (and also aids in conduction of static charge
> to the surrounding air). This doesn't really apply to the use of non-water
> wet playback clearly (unless water is a component, in which maybe it
> does?). Has this possibility been discussed in the past (as a somewhat noob
> here)? I'd be curious on respectful thoughts or experience on this.
> While in no way a citable source in a paper this speaks to it a little:
> The blog entry also suggests that adding something such as photo flow
>  would prevent beading would be useful (not photo flow by name, but
> mentions "no droplets). Which the addition was mentioned in a post by Mr.
> Pomeroy in the arsclist archives from 2008 (but I've heard it mentioned in
> many other venues also in different use situations).
> Hope the holidays is treating everyone well.
> Nathan Coy