LP Cleaning brush


hi guys,

Just want to know what cleaning brushes are you using for cleaning LPs esp in conjunction with a record cleaner ?
My vpi 16.5 comes with the nylon brush.
Some of my friends don't recommend it as they feel it can possibly scratch the surface of our precious records.
I hear a few recommendations from them but i wish to hear some opinions from the forum which brushes you guys are using when spreading the chemical and scrubbing the Lp.

Thanks for the inputs....
nolitan
I have been using the same nylon brush for years and the records seem working fine. What did your friends suggest?
I use both the nylon brush that comes with the VPI 16.5 and the Disc Doctor - Miracle Record Brush. Seems to work well for me. I don't feel that the VPI brush does any harm to my vinyl.

Cheers,
John
Checkout what Yip has to say on Mint LP regarding cleaning brushes and fluid.

http://mintlp.com/

I'm using his stuff and like it a lot.

:) listening,

Ed
some of my friends feel that the soft velvet brushes like from MOFI and Miracle Doctor does a better job of digging deeper into the grooves and removing the dirt.
While others feel that the vpi nylon brush is tough and not so gentle & can possibly scratch the Lp.
I've been using the vpi for years & do feel that some of my even newer Lps have some scratches in them.
Now am confuse.
Second on the MoFi/Miracle Type brushes. The VPI brush always concerned me too.
After initial cleaning, I am using Hunt E.D.A. Mark 6 brush for regular surface care. So far so good.
I am using a VPI 17 for many years and it never scratched any record.
However if the velvet pads of the suction arm become contaminated with something hard they will scratch your record - I frequently check and clean them, specially before cleaning valuable or irreplaceable LPs.
your friend must be smkoking heavily and can't think of the simple sense .
tell me how can the nylon brush scratch the records vinyl ?

simple right ? it is imposible for the nylon brush to scratch your records so don't worry about .
I use a Discwasher pad for applying the fluid on my VPI RCM. The wooden handle fits my hand really well and since it's rounded, you can rock it back and forth for that scrubbing action. Once the pad wears out, you can send it in for about $6-$7 to have it repadded. I bought 2 or 3 new units, so I always have a new fresh one, then send the old in to get it renewed.

I have been told, (by Theo) that the MOFI brushes are very good also.
Steam, and maybe those cheapy VPI felt brushes. No need for anything else in my cleaning procedure.
Did you ever try a Swiffer duster?? I like it..does the job.
Mofimadness: Once the pad wears out, you can send it in or about $6-$7 to have it repadded.
Where can you have this done?
Also, I bought a new Discwasher (mine is 20+ years old) and it came with brown felt. I could not see the dust on the brown felt like with my old black felt version. Kinda pi$$ed me off so I tossed the new one. Do you know if I can get it re-felted with black?
Thanks, John
LAST brushes, different one for each of 3 AIVS fluids I use. Replace when dirty.
many thanks for the inputs!!
I use Lloyd Walker's 4 part cleaning system which is supplied with very good directional felt-like brushes. The brushes can be purchased without the rest of the cleaning system if you are not using the Walker Prelude Cleaning Kit.

I use VPI's record brush with MoFi's record cleaning solution on an initial play of a newly aquired used record to see if it is in good enough shape to keep. Then I use Walker's Prelude system if the record is good. It is less time consuming and less expensive to do it in this way.
Ditto the recommendation for the Walker Audio brushes. I've used the Disc Doctor and MoFi brushes, and they're fine. But the rounded profile of the business end of the Walker brushes just seems to work more efficiently for me.
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I use Lloyd Walker's 4 part cleaning system which is supplied with very good directional felt-like brushes. The brushes can be purchased without the rest of the cleaning system if you are not using the Walker Prelude Cleaning Kit.

I use VPI's record brush with MoFi's record cleaning solution on an initial play of a newly aquired used record to see if it is in good enough shape to keep. Then I use Walker's Prelude system if the record is good. It is less time consuming and less expensive to do it in this way.
Gentlemen, Curious about the Walker Brushes, are they just one-way directional, ala vintage Discwasher Brush, or can one scrub in both directions without a need to rotate the Brush?

Also, are the Pads replaceable, like Disc Doctor/Mo Fi Brush Pads? Thank you. Mark
Mark, the Walker Audio brushes do have a directional nap to the fibers. The pads are replaceable, without using any adhesives. While I do orient the brush nap against the rotation of the record when spreading fluids, I scrub back and forth without difficulty just as with the Disc Doctor brushes.

Curious about the Walker Brushes, are they just one-way directional, ala vintage Discwasher Brush, or can one scrub in both directions without a need to rotate the Brush?
I believe the Walker Brushes are meant to be used against the rotation of the record. I have not used them with the record rotation, although apparently Rushton is indicating that he does so additionally. I also use them on their edge as well which I think helps to get down into the groove of really gritty records.