How To Clean A Stylus w/t Isopropyl Alcohol & Distiller Water

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  1. AcidPunk15

    AcidPunk15 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    The manual for my Shure V15 Type III Manual’s says to clean the stylus with a solution of 50% ISO & 50% Distilled water.

    What would I use to apply this solution?

    I was thinking to cut a plastic cup with the solution and dunk the stylus in the solution. While being careful to not make contact with the actual cartridge.
     
  2. Bill Hart

    Bill Hart Forum Resident

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    Small stiff brush. Don't dunk your cartridge/stylus. Wet the brush, back to front motion on stylus. Buy yourself a 'jeweler's loupe' from Amazon for 6 bucks or whatever. 10X is probably enough so you can see what is going on.
     
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  3. Chris Schoen

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    This. The little Clearaudio stylus brush is what you need to do this right.
     
  4. AcidPunk15

    AcidPunk15 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I have a Diskkeeper Stylus brush. I assume this will work. Will it damage my brush. I added distilled water to my carbon fiber anti stack brush and it damaged it. I don’t want to damage my diskkeeper brush.
     
  5. Bill Hart

    Bill Hart Forum Resident

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    A diluted mixture of alcohol and pure water shouldn't damage a stylus brush. Those carbon fiber brushes are not meant to be used wet.
    Rinse the stylus brush with some additional pure water when you are done. Or brush it with a brush (like a fresh toothbrush). They are cheap enough that you can replace over time, but I've only used alcohol to clean a stylus in drastic situations, not as a regular cleaning agent.
    PS: I'm not sure that you need to use alcohol every time you brush. I dry brush the stylus after every side. I only go to more aggressive stylus cleaning (e.g., Magic Eraser or BluTak) after a long listening session. It may depend on whether and how well your records have been cleaned. If they aren't clean, you are probably going to collect more 'stuff' on your stylus.
     
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  6. AcidPunk15

    AcidPunk15 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I do the same. thx for the clarification
     
  7. AcidPunk15

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    How long will take for the stylus and brush to dry? An estimate?
     
  8. Bill Hart

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    Give it a few minutes. The alcohol should evaporate. You don't need much. The brush may take longer to dry than the stylus, depending on how saturated it is.
     
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  9. AcidPunk15

    AcidPunk15 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Should I clean my Cartridge Terminals with ISO as well is this safe/necessary
     
  10. eflatminor

    eflatminor Forum Resident

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    I do a pretty good job of cleaning records before playing them, so the stylus rarely needs more than a quick dry brushing.

    However, I recently picked up DS Audio's ST50 Phono Stylus Cleaner and I am highly impressed with how it works. I've used BluTak-like putty in the past, but the DS is something special. Really does a fantastic job (I've checked with a Loupe) and it is easy to clean back to like new condition.

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  12. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

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    I have never cleaned a cartridge's terminals. Really not necessary. Concentrate on keeping your records and stylus clean, and your good (imo).
     
  13. 5-String

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    Is there any benefit to using alcohol vs. the "most safe" methods of dry cleaning with onzow or just a dry brush?
     
  14. Kyhl

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    I do both.

    My routine is usually, Onzow between sides. Brush at the end of the session. Sometimes the Onzow doesn't get it all.

    Both the DS Audio and Extreme Phono look like copies of the Onzow but at different prices.
     
  15. Bill Hart

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    Downside- some styli, attached with "glue" could get loosened. See threads on Ortofon. Check before you use. That's why I only use alcohol sparingly and when in extremis, even though I don't run Ortofon cartridges.
     
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  16. Echoes Myron

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    Magic Eraser, light touch every few sides.
     
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  17. 5-String

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    Thanks both. I know about Ortofon. The reason that I am not using alcohol is that I own a few Ortofon models and I never also wanted to risk it with my other catridges either.
    I guess, I "ll stick with the onzow and a dry brush.
     
  18. Kimiimacman

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    As mentioned above, glue + IPA = potential disaster! Really, their is absolutely no need to use fluids or any fancy overpriced gadgets to keep that precious little stone in tip top order. The enemy of styli is grit that abrades the stone in the groove so keep your records clean. Then simply wipe twice with a carbon pad brush the type that both Dynavector and Ortofon provides gratis after every 2 sides and you’ll get years more out of the cartridge. I’ve had my DRT XV-1t for over four years and when I examine it under a pro-scope there is only the slightest sign of wear and sounds as good as it’s ever done, it gets a LOT of daily use!
    Pear Audio in the U.K. recommend that should you get a build up the brush just can’t shift then apply a 50/50 dilution of Zymol car wash (they call it Bathe) to the pad. This is spirit free so harmless to the glue. As it happens I solely use Zymol car care products and when needed it works a treat.
    Simon
     
  19. Leonthepro

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    Was about to say this. I never dare to use fluids near my cart. Especially since my JNP-200 is solely attached by lots of glue.
    I also seem to hear people who have their styli fall off tended to use fluids to clean.
     
  20. JBStephens

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    Liquid used as a stylus cleaner can wick up the cantilever and affect the suspension.
     
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