Zerostat anti-static gun

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Craig Spiegel, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Methodical

    Methodical Forum Resident

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    I usually touch a metal object to remove my static. I do have one of those wrist static cable I've used when building my computer system, but that would be inconvenient. I will probably just have to turn on my humidifier to control static.
     
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  2. Zumbi

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    I am thinking of buying a zerostat anti static gun. But do they really work that well, is it worth the money?
     
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  3. gov

    gov Forum Resident

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    Yes and yes.

    If you want to test it, keep a half a piece of packaging popcorn near your table. Take it out of the sleeve, watch it “stick” then hit it with the milty as described in the video up thread. Retry and watch the popcorn fall to the floor.
     
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  4. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

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    Yes they really do work that well. Your static might not disappear forever as whatever caused the charge in the first place might cause it again, but if you use it, it will work.
     
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  5. Zumbi

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    Great to hear, then I will probably get one!
     
  6. vs_jk

    vs_jk Forum Resident

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    I don't doubt these anti-static guns work. However, I've found that a much cheaper solution works fine for my needs. It starts with a dryer sheet that has been run through a full dryer cycle. Then I simply hold it loosely over the surface of the vinyl while it spins. After a couple rotations, static is gone and I can use my brush to easily remove dust left on the surface of the vinyl. This process probably takes the same amount of time as the anti-static guns, costs nothing, and is highly effective.
     
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  7. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

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    I hear some say you should also pull away when you squeeze. But the main point is to hold and squeeze slowly yeah. How did you do it?
     
  8. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

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    For anyone considering a Zero Stat or other anti stat methods I implore you to first test the humidity in your playing environment.

    I too wanted a Zero Stat but it is actually working around the problem rather than fixing anything. After I raised the humidity from under 20% to around 40% all static issues went away, and no I didnt even need a cork mat.
     
  9. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

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    Where are the facts?
     
  10. SirMarc

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    Old timer trick here, blow into the sleeve before you pull the album out and the moisture in your breath usually kills the static. Been doing this for years...
     
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  11. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

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    "Dont talk to your records folks" - Peter Ledermann

    That seems like a really bad idea, much like how I wouldnt use tap water for cleaning.
     
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  12. Dreams266

    Dreams266 Forum Resident

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    I ruined two cartridges doing it. Be my guest to do your own research.
     
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  13. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

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    Just curious since Im interested in such facts. But thats actually personal experience. I guess its not surprising though.
     
  14. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

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    Been doing it for a long, long time with no ill effects. I'm not saying you slobber on them lol. Maybe I'll pick up a Zerostat though, you never know...
     
  15. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

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    If you have static problems and feel the need to humidify your records with your lungs may I suggest a humidifier like above instead? It worked wonders for me, I no longer feel the need for a Zerostat at all, plus its just plain more comfortable to live in a decently moist environment rather than a dried out one.
     
  16. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

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    Thanks, but a leather mat and wet cleaning my records took care of my static issues for the most part
     
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  17. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

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    I assume you dont mean wet clean with your mouth ;^)

    When I got my Okki Nokki it still gave me static actually, but Sweden is just extra dry.
     
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  18. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

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    Lol. SpinClean
     
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  19. Dreams266

    Dreams266 Forum Resident

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    This forum is all about sharing personal experience.
     
  20. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

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    Well yes, but personal experience is not necessarily fact like you stated, thats all I mean.
     
  21. Nielsoe

    Nielsoe Forum Resident

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    Man! I feel stupid. I always placed the record on the platter, no wonder I could never get it to work. This thing actually works when you hold the record in free space. You can see pieces of dust falling from the record when blowing at it after a treatment. Glad I never got rid of it!!
     
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  22. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

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    That’s exactly what I had been doing. Putting the record on the platter. :doh:
     
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  23. quicksrt

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    I had a red Zerostat made by Discwasher back 30 years ago that fell to pieces in my hand. The trigger just snapped off with a gentle squeez one day. That was when I lived in Florida. Cheap pos.

    I have lived in California ever since I've not needed a gun, not much of a static problem here in LA for some reason.

    I did come across a cream colored one that might be the made in England version. Bought it used but have never tried it out.

    All of my LPs that get needle dropped get a deep wet soap and water cleaning and hand drying with a static free cotton towel. So not much static left on those records at all.
     
  24. Nielsoe

    Nielsoe Forum Resident

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    Hm, and it worked for you?
     
  25. quicksrt

    quicksrt Forum Resident

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    The platter with a good rubber mat could not have neutralized the entire effect and effort. Naw
     
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