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DIY vaccum wand

Post by danik56 » 26 Mar 2019 11:46

Putting a vinyl vacuum together and wondered if I use felt fabric stripes, would that possibly scratch my vinyl records.

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Post by SSoundLtd » 27 Mar 2019 00:57

I'm not sure about felt, but when I made my own DIY vacuum tool I used one of those paint edger pads and cut it to shape. I hadn't had any problems as far as sctratches using it to clean so I went with that. I've mostly used it on .90 cent records that are really dirty and have had excellent results.

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Post by danik56 » 27 Mar 2019 11:15

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I'm not sure about felt, but when I made my own DIY vacuum tool I used one of those paint edger pads and cut it to shape. I hadn't had any problems as far as sctratches using it to clean so I went with that. I've mostly used it on .90 cent records that are really dirty and have had excellent results.
How did you attach the paint edger stripes to the wand ? did you use some sort of glue ?

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Post by SSoundLtd » 27 Mar 2019 20:16

I used high strength double stick tape. I wasn't sure how well that would work but I used tape in case I wanted to change it out. It's worked well. So well it might be tough to take off!

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Post by SSoundLtd » 27 Mar 2019 20:47

Just a quick follow up post of the materials I used...
Shur-line edger refills for edgers and corner painter
Scotch Clear mounting tape
Both purchased at Home Depot. The paint pad I scratch tested on a record that was already trashed and couldn't see any scratches it made.I then tried to scratch a CD with it since they scratch easily. Again no scratches. Since then I've been pretty comfortable using it on LPs. Hope that helps!

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Re: DIY vaccum wand

Post by danik56 » 27 Mar 2019 21:38

I have been using a paint edger with a pivot handle manually for a long time and it is defintely safe to use on vinyl.

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Re: DIY vaccum wand

Post by danik56 » 28 Mar 2019 11:00

I replaced the felt stripes with stripes cut from a paint edger as described above. (see photos)
So far it seems to work out very nicely.
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Post by SSoundLtd » 29 Mar 2019 13:57

Looks great! The other thing I've liked about those paint edger pads is that I haven't had it leave any fibers in the grooves that clog up the stylus.

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Post by danik56 » 30 Mar 2019 07:14

Going back to the cleaning liquid used in this process, what type of surfactant is recommended for mixing into the cleaning solution ? I have seen people using dishwasher rinse aid (few drops). Is that OK to use ?

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Post by SSoundLtd » 30 Mar 2019 20:13

When it comes to cleaning solutions you'll get a whole wide range of opinions. I have a cleaning solution I made with 90 percent isopropyl alcohol, distilled water, and a few drops of jet dry. I use it only when the record is really dirty. I've also used just plain Dawn dishwashing soap and water followed by a distilled water rinse and vacuum after. I wouldn't use alcohol based cleaners on a regular basis to be safe but I definitely don't worry about using Dawn.

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Post by danik56 » 30 Mar 2019 20:37

How many Dawn drops do you add into 1 liter of solution ?

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Post by SSoundLtd » 31 Mar 2019 04:05

When I use Dawn I simply put a few drops in the sink filled with water to get a soapy solution. I then take the record and get it soapy and go over it with the paint edger pad. After rinsing the soap off the record I rinse it again by spraying it with distilled water. Then I vacuum it mostly dry. I'm going to guess and say if you were adding it to a liter of solution one to two drops would be plenty. That's all I use when I put it in the sink to get soapy water. Same with the jet dry in my record cleaning solution, just one or two drops. It probably goes without saying, but try your solution on a record that you don't care about to make sure it works how you want it to.

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Re: DIY vaccum wand

Post by danik56 » 31 Mar 2019 04:51

Yes, I am certainly doing all the experimentation on records I don't care so much about.

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Re: DIY vaccum wand

Post by danik56 » 31 Mar 2019 11:41

After a couple of cleaning rounds while adding the 2ed rinse/vaccum step, I can definitely say that needle accumulates almost no fluff at all.

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Post by SSoundLtd » 31 Mar 2019 14:51

Awesome! I have found that to be the case for me as well. I've seen some people wipe their records with microfiber car wash towels on youtube and while it doesn't scratch the record, I personally had problems with tiny fibers in the grooves. I could hardly get through a side of a record without having to clean the stylus. The only cloth I use now are those cloths used to clean photo lenses and I only use it on the edges where I might have some fingerprints. Otherwise it's clean, vacuum, and a little air drying then straight into the sleeve. Now it's not uncommon for me to play a double album and still have a mostly clean stylus. And the record plays nice too!

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