Get a Zerostat anti static gun. There about 95 bucks on www.AudioAdvisor.com
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A trace of silicon. Use an automotive tire shine that does not contain "petroleum distillates".
Find a clean non-shedding soft rag (new diaper) and put the fluid on the rag until it is damp. set it aside untill it is dry. The just wipe the LP surfaces lightly with the dry rag (full of silicon). You only have to get a TRACE on the flats next to the grooves, not into the grooves.
The records will remain static free for a very long time.
That would actually be silicone Ms E is referring to. The snap, crackle and pop associated with(even new) vinyl can be generated by either dirt (held in place by mold release agents containing silicone, static or melted into the vinyl by the stylus) or static itself. As mentioned: a Zerostat is a great tool for removing a static charge. The best treatment I've ever found for reducing all noise involves an initial(upon the first opening of the album jacket) cleaning with a VPI HW-16 record cleaning machine(gets all the clud out of the grooves before it can get welded into the vinyl), treatment with LAST(liquid Archival Sound Treatment), storage in ricepaper sleeves and then: a quick brush with a Discwasher system before each play. I've got records that I treated that way over 28 years ago, still playing as quietly as they did back then. The Discwasher liquid relieves any static charge just prior to play. Might sound like a pain, but- It's always been well worth the effort. Static type noises are something I never hear at a live venue. Don't want to hear at home!
Madfloyd, the SleeveCity "Diskeeper 2.0" sleeves have worked well for me:
Note that sleeves manufactured literally from rice paper have not been available for many years (to the best of my knowledge). It is this style of high density polyethylene sleeve that most people are referring to when they say "rice paper" today, and it's the same material used in the original Discwasher sleeves so many of us valued a couple of decades ago. I haven't tried their more expensive "Ultimate" sleeves.
Like anything else made of rice paper nowdays: It has to come out of the orient. Try here: (http://www.elusivedisc.com/products.asp?dept=377) The, "Japanese 12 inch inner record sleeves". Also: I'd bet the MFSL sleeves would be great as well(though I've not tried them). I've never been diappointed by their products or recordings.
Rodman99999 thank you so much for your input and all you say well be implemented. Once I can afford the VPI cleaning machine.
Right now my process is as follows with NEW vinyl.
1. Open it up
2. Put it on the TT
3. Use the Hunt EDA Mark 6 Brush to remove any manufactures debris.
4. Then i spray directly on the LP gruv glide the directions say to put it on the pads but i have found it is better to put it directly on the LP, not alot but enough for a slight coat. Apply this to both sides because the stupid felt met with my mmf5 always gets stuck to the bottom side. that's another issue i would like to fix.
5. Use Last stylus cleaner.
6. Play record and enjoy
7. The put LP back in a new wax lined sleeve or most of the new reissues in 180 or 200 mg already come with a good sleeve.
My real problem is very very old records that have been charged with static for so long 25 plus years and snap crackle and pop.
Any ideas and alos the felt mat issue????
Kevin, the goldenear well at least in my head :)
Get those xmass LP's ready
Be careful spraying Gruv-Glide directly on an LP. You could easily apply too much that way. The less you put on an Lp the better in my opinion. I don't treat them with anything but the Zerostat currently and it's working well. If you do use Gruv-Glide(as I have in the past)the stylus cleaning regimen is extremely important to prevent build up. Gruv-Glide is effective on static for sure, the effect on sound quality has been a subject of debate.
Hi Kevin- A static charge can be relieved, regardless of how long it's presence. Chances are better that what you are hearing is dirt that has been welded into the vinyl by stylus pressure. Then too: Unless albums are(or were) made of virgin vinyl, they've already got permanent dirt in the groove wall. I'm still using a(now antique, purchased in 1980) Signet SK-305 Electronic Stylus Cleaner, and Stylast. Personally, I've never trusted anything that was applied to the album and left on there, but LAST.