Allsop wrote:I am trying to follow this thread with two issues:
1. In the UK we have limited access to this stuff (for example I cannot import tergikleen as it is flammable)
2. Is there a 'final' recipe or an idiots guide to how to make this? I would love to see it laid out as I just bought an ultrasonic cleaner myself and my first thought now is how I am going to fill this thing everytime.
Thanks and keep up the good work
I don’t know about any “final” recipe, as everyone likes to try something different. I guess it would also depend on whether you’re using a record vacuum, or hand washing. For use with my Nitty Gritty vacuum, I like:
From 1 gallon distilled water, I pour off 2 cups, then replace that amount with 91% isopropyl alcohol.
I then add 4 drops Triton X-100, then 2 drops Dawn brand “ultra free & gentle” (clear/no dyes) dish washing liquid. Shake well & serve. Works for me, but I may try more alcohol (3 cups per gallon, or about a 15% solution) on my next batch. I think if you ask 10 people, you’ll probably get at least 5 recipes..
If you’re hand washing, you can probably use more Triton X-100, then a distilled rinse.
I’m not doing any rinse with the Nitty Gritty. Records are coming out nice, no noticeable residue. On the stubborn old fingerprints or places where a plastic inner sleeve has left garbage on the vinyl, I first wipe those areas off by hand, using a microfiber cloth and straight 91% isopropyl, before cleaning on the NG record vac.
Anyway, I’d recommend starting with only a little detergent/surficant, then add a tiny bit more, until you acheive the desired results. Less is better, when it comes to the surficant. You want the water to -just- start flowing into the grooves, and not bead up on the surface. ^_^