Magic Eraser surface only?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by jasyr, May 29, 2019.

  1. jasyr

    jasyr Active Member Thread Starter

    Can i cut this pad in layers to use more? Or is it only the surface that has the cleaning properties?

    Thanks, j
     
  2. IFP

    IFP Forum Resident

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    United States
    It's melamine through-and-through, so cutting it up isn't a problem. I've got a layer sliced off that I clean my stylus with, and will slice another layer off the same sponge down the road when I feel my current piece needs replacing.
     
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  3. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

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    Katy, TX
    People cut up cubes and put them on toothpicks to apply while on the tonearm rest.

    If you've never used them for actually cleaning, they wear down with use. They keep working until they are paper thin.
     
  4. harby

    harby Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portland, OR, USA
    I cut toothpick-sized slivers off the corners, and use those to tickle around the stylus tip shoulders, when dropping the needle in a cube of the stuff doesn't feel like enough.

    The material looks like this magnified; random needle drops isn't going to wear it out:
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  5. Koptapad

    Koptapad Forum Resident

    Here is a 1000X shot I did. Those blades easily break

    Magic Eraser as a stylus cleaner?
     
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  6. harby

    harby Forum Resident

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    Portland, OR, USA
    It is interesting to compare your magic eraser to the uncleaned stylus tip at exactly the same scale, and speculate about how they interface:

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    BTW, do you still have access to the microscope? Would be curious to see a really worn stylus, and compare optical examination vs electrons, if it can be coordinated.
     
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  7. jasyr

    jasyr Active Member Thread Starter

    Thanks! very informative... psychedelic even
     
  8. The FRiNgE

    The FRiNgE Forum Resident

    That's odd! It looks like some kind of cutting bit, the edge at its apex, but also dull looking! (aside from the point, this does not look like a stylus)
     
  9. Gibsonian

    Gibsonian Forum Resident

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    Iowa, USA
    That is one dirty stylus!
     
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  10. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    That would be interesting. Here you can really see what a stylus looks like with high magnification. If this stylus was clean, you could readily see and be able to compare a new unworn stylus with a stylus that has wear.

    I see people trying to examine a stylus under a 30x light microscope and I can't believe that would provide any sort of useful information, unless there was severe wear on the stylus.
     
  11. rodentdog

    rodentdog Forum Resident

    Magic Eraser now comes in sheets.
     
  12. 12" 45rpm

    12" 45rpm Forum Resident

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  13. Catcher10

    Catcher10 I like records, and Prog...duh

    I use the ones that come in a block, then cut into smaller hand held cubes tall enough to sit on my plinth and reach the stylus, I hold the cube at its base. Do not use the ones with cleaner, use the plain ones. I slice off slivers when they get dirty to reveal clean white matter, a box of like 2 blocks last quite a long time.
     
  14. IFP

    IFP Forum Resident

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  15. Rolltide

    Rolltide Forum Resident

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    Vallejo, CA
    https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Clean-Ori...=magic+eraser&qid=1568234983&s=gateway&sr=8-5

    They key is to get the original ones without any adjectives - I think the other types have soap/etc blended in?
     
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  16. SCM

    SCM Forum Resident

    Location:
    Fl
    I cut a slice off the end of the ME block, a very very thin slice and just 'lick' the stylus with it after each side.

    Because it`s all the way through on pad will last forever. Been doing it for over 10 years now with no problems.
     
  17. frimleygreener

    frimleygreener "It 'a'int why...it just is"

    Location:
    united kingdom
    Just a quick question...with the "original" eraser(I have just placed an order) do you use it wet or dry?
     
  18. JohnO

    JohnO Forum Resident

    Location:
    Washington, DC
    For Mr. Clean get ONLY the ones that are called "Original". Not extra strength, not detergent built in, etc., they make umpleteen different kinds now.
    Or get any cheap made-in-china type, those are (virtually) exact copies of the "original" type. If you have a CVS with the $1 dollar aisle, the offbrand one they sell on that aisle (a 2-pack) is ok. The "original" Mr. Clean, and decent copies, is all white and white only. Sometimes Dollar Tree sells a 1-pack of the Mr. Clean Original, in an all-cardboard package, and one is probably a lifetime supply for stylus use.

    You use it dry for a stylus. Just lower the stylus straight down and lift it up and out, and repeat a few times.

    If you have some real gunk stuck on the stylus, the Magic Eraser will not necessarily remove that. But the ME is fine for general dusting of the stylus.
     
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  19. SCM

    SCM Forum Resident

    Location:
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    Dry
     
  20. Vinny123

    Vinny123 Forum Resident

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    Florida
    One magic eraser should last forever for cleaning a stylus.
     
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  21. antnee

    antnee Member

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    Union KY
    That work great...and for real stubborn stuff get blue tack that works good as well
     
  22. JohnO

    JohnO Forum Resident

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    Washington, DC
  23. willboy

    willboy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Wales, UK
    I ordered my Mr Clean Original from the US because it's not available in the UK, and though they may be perfectly fine, I did not want to risk using the different brands of ME sold in the UK.
     
  24. Echoes Myron

    Echoes Myron Forum Resident

    Location:
    USA
    Very effective for stylus cleaning. I use very lightly every 10 sides or so.
     
  25. The Acid Mouse

    The Acid Mouse Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    I picked up white Flash Magic Eraser from Wilko for £1 - works perfect.
     
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