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SURFACTANT BUYER’S GUIDE: ON YOUTUBE

If you would like to see a video version of my recent Surfactant feature, then you may wish to give this one a go

One of the most important tools in the armoury of the vinyl fan, Paul Rigby asks what they are, why they’re important in terms of vinyl cleaning and which surfactants you should buy.

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    Jack Pot
    3rd October 2020 at 9:17 am

    Hi Paul,

    I recently posted a comment abt cleaning cd’s. I forgot to mention that the first step was to wipe off the cd with Furutech’s pc-A fluid, which immediately improves the sound quite dramatically. I was told to spray on the surface (2-3 squirts) and spread with the provided wipe (soft side on the cd!) in a radial (not circular!) motion. I use a second provided wipe to dry off in the same fashion. All-in-all, a one-minute job. Another Furutech no-brainer. I found that one application was enough. Then run the cd over the gobble the gooks AR Ion Generator – or use the Destat III – before each play session.

    I own an ADS ultrasound vinyl cleaner. It packed up after 5 years of light use (abt 500 records). I found out on the internet that many owners complain about their machines breaking down for an array of reasons. Not good given the exorbitant price. Anyhow, ADS agreed to exchange my kaput machine for its latest version – at a substantial cost. I am awaiting delivery. Hopefully, ADS sorted out the teething problems. Your viewers and readers should be warned never to buy a 2nd hand first generation ADS vinyl cleaner.

    Now for your patient exploration of the best use of the ADS vinyl cleaner. As you wrote, on the dark side of the groove, without the cover of the warranty (anyhow pretty useless because it only gives cover for 2 years).

    If I understand properly:
    1. apply diluted tergikleen solution – 20 drops for 2 ltrs of distilled water – with pipette to the surface of the record. Is there a best application pattern? Roughly how many drops? Spread over the surface – with what?
    2. turn over and repeat on the other side
    3. no need to wait for the surfactant to react with the vinyl surface
    4. clean the record in ADS vinyl cleaner; the vat of the ADS should contain only distilled water, to which abt 0.4% (by volume) isopropyl alcohol has been added.

    I understand the above procedure yields much better sonic results than using ADS’s own surfactant (with which I have some issues). Is that correct?

    I admire your patience. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      5th October 2020 at 11:58 am

      Hi Jack – thanks for your question.
      Decant your Tergikleen into a pipette bottle. This is the bottle design I use: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00IZOCRB8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
      Add two pipettes of Glycol to the bottle.
      This will prevent gravity pulling the Tergikleen from the grooves as the vinyl sits in the vertical position. Give me a shout if you need a contact for this.
      Best application pattern is a cross shape at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock on the disk to ensure an even spread. Each line of the cross running from the label edge to the outer edge. Then spread with a Kabuki brush (buy the best you can afford to prevent bristle shedding). Then move the fingers down the bristles to harden them and work the liquid into the grooves in a spiral pattern around the disc: clockwise then anti-clockwise.
      Repeat on the other side.
      And yes, no need to wait.
      Fill the bath with distilled water and 7% alcohol. 1% will do the job. 7% is needed to melt the Glycol.
      The Audio Desk liquid is good. Not great. That’s right.
      A full feature on all of this will follow ASAP. But that will see you right for now 🙂

  • Reply
    rl1856
    17th October 2020 at 1:27 pm

    I constructed a DIY US system….Chinese tank, and a Vinyl Stack Spinner to hold and rotate LPs. I use a spin clean then rinse as a pre-cleaner, then into the US tank for 15min at .33 rpm/ 5 full revolutions, at a temp of 30’c. Then rinse, then vac dry using a nitty gritty vac machine. I use “Rushton’s” formula in the US tank. His formula contains 91% alcohol, tergitol, hepastat and distilled water. Results are phenomenal.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      19th October 2020 at 10:54 am

      The Hepastat sounds intriguing. Why did you choose that? Or did you follow the recipe from the 2016 Positive Feedback article?

  • Reply
    rl1856
    22nd October 2020 at 1:09 am

    Hepastat is an ingredient in Rushton’s formula, and was mentioned in his PF article.

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