I use L'Art du Son and do a rinse cycle as a extra measure of assurance that all cleaning fluid is removed. But a freind of mine uses it as well and he never rinses and claims good results. Have you tried not rinsing?
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Theo, it's not only the rinsing that I'm trying to avoid ... it was recommended that I leave the fluid on the LP for 4-5 minutes before a vacuum, and to repeat this process for best results. I had been leaving the fluid on the LP for a few minutes and then giving it a vacuum. But I prefer to get a fluid that I can apply to the LP and then just give it a vacuum. The L'Art du Son works great but I don't have the patience to use it properly. But I will use it on problem and dirty LP's.
I am the one the Theo refers to in his post. I have used the L'Art du Son, (thanks Theo...he has been very nice to share his stash of L'Art du Son with me), for over three years now. I never have to leave it on for more than a few seconds. I have tried alot of other fluids and find the L'Art du Son to be one of the best.
I've had my VPI record cleaner since 1980, so I'm pretty familiar with how to use it.
It works, for me, the same as any other 1 step fluid. I never rinse the record after using the L'Art du Son. Not sure why the OP thinks he has to leave it on for so long. I can see that for a very dirty record, but for regular cleaning, it's not necessary.
My records sound wonderful and IMHO, the L'Art du Son is an excellent fluid.
I am very impressed with Nitty Gritty Pure 2. It works very well and dries quickly due to a bit of alcohol. I have also tried Disc Doctor, Phoenix and L'Art and have not found any demonstrable superiority over NG2. I would say I leave it on for about one minute per side. There's no limit to how obsessive one can become in this hobby and I've decided to take a simpler approach for myself.
On my Loricraft, I use a 2-step process. First, I apply AI #6 and let it sit for about 5 minutes, then after vacuuming it off, I apply L'Art du Son and immediately vacuum it off. If the record has been cleaned before, I will sometimes use just the L'Art du Son. The AI by itself leaves the record slightly brighter and leaner sounding. The L'Art du Son is a nice complement to the AI since it adds some warmth. Just my findings.
I've used Pure 2 since the '80s. I liked it best of all the fluids commonly available back then. I tried AI one step and sometimes results are okay, but Pure 2 is usually noticeably better. I haven't tried L'Art. I like the idea of just one step and I'm happy with results. I tried AI out of curiosity to see if the occasional bit of noise could be eliminated. Most records that I got new or in NM cond are dead silent most of the time. If L'Art is the best, Pure 2 might be a better alternate.