WD40 Record Cleaning?!!

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by andy749, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. andy749

    andy749 Senior Member Thread Starter

    Hmm...what do you think of this?

  2. Classicrock

    Classicrock Forum Resident

    South West, UK.
    No No No. WD40 has silicone in it. Last thing you want near records.
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  3. marantzbe

    marantzbe Senior Member

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  4. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Rock 'n Roll !!!

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Isn't WD40 fish oil?
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  5. 4011021

    4011021 Forum Resident

    It's great, will clean even the music out of your records.
  6. ArneW

    ArneW Forum Resident

    Cologne, Germany
    This is disgusting. I applied a minute amount of WD40 to a rusty padlock the day before yesterday and still can't get that smell off my hands.
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  7. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    very interesting and quite entertaining! all you guys try it first, I'm too chicken.
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  8. Dennis0675

    Dennis0675 Helping friendly member

    It’s remarkable how such a simple task has so many nutty ideas on how to do it better. I don’t know how many of those YouTube video are serious but people certainly take them seriously.

    When I got started I watched them, made my own home brew cleaner and spent hours hand cleaning records. Anything other then a spinclean or RCM used as directed is a fools errand.
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  9. nosliw

    nosliw Azunyan! にゃーーー!

    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    You took words right out of my mouth. I cannot believe how many videos on YouTube that has all sorts of really horrible advice regarding turntables and records in general. I even come across a couple videos that say that RCM's are a total scam/useless. Totally unreal.
  10. WD40 will clean a lot of stuff from a lot of other stuff - for example it removes permanent marker pen from most surfaces. However -it does leave behind a slippery residue because that's its main purpose. You'd have to wash it off the record pretty quick. Maybe you could use as a last resort but it hardly seems worth the bother.
  11. gregorya

    gregorya Forum Resident

    Next thread... "How to Clean WD40 from Records"... ;)
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2018
  12. Mike from NYC

    Mike from NYC Forum Resident

    Surprise, AZ
    Leave the WD40 on for a few years and it will be interesting to see what damage it does to the vinyl.
  13. Dennis0675

    Dennis0675 Helping friendly member

    I’m game, can we use your stylus to check the results?
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  14. Mike from NYC

    Mike from NYC Forum Resident

    Surprise, AZ
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  15. slovell

    slovell Retired Mudshark

    Chesnee, SC, USA
    Try some carburetor cleaner and see how that works out for ya. :wtf:
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  16. acdc7369

    acdc7369 Forum Resident

    Guy in that YouTube video is clearly a troll
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  17. vinylkid58

    vinylkid58 Forum Resident

    Victoria, B.C.
    No, it's petroleum based. Should not be used indoors, and certainly not around people with respiratory ailments.

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  18. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Rock 'n Roll !!!

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    The old lady across the street sprays it on her knees, says it helps her arthritis...
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  19. vinylkid58

    vinylkid58 Forum Resident

    Victoria, B.C.
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  20. Slimwhit33

    Slimwhit33 Forum Resident

    Orange County NY

    I literally laughed out loud at work reading this one.. well done.
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  21. vwestlife

    vwestlife Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    It's just like playing records wet, except with more chemicals.

    The same guy repeated the experiment with distilled water, and the result was nearly identical:

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  22. gregorya

    gregorya Forum Resident

    Mission accomplished then... :)

    Happy Friday!
  23. 2trackmind

    2trackmind Forum Resident

    Wood glue or bust.

    I hate to think what WD-40 would do to a stylus.
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  24. Jmac2043

    Jmac2043 Well-Known Member

    North Carolina
    Oh boy, no. Plus what would that stuff do to your stylus, eek.
  25. Gasman1003

    Gasman1003 "Mumbling Member”

    Liverpool UK
    My son is an exploration geologist.

    The mechanic who cares for the drill rigs has a saying:

    "If it moves and shouldn't - Duct Tape, if it doesn't move and should - WD40"

    Pretty nifty tool box, but record cleaning, no thanks!!

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