Hey EP1 - Don't think there's any way I can say whether you did damage or not, but in my opinion holding the steamer 1/2" from the LP is way too close. I usually hold my Perfection Steamer about 3" or so from the surface. On an occasion where I kind of spas'd out and got close, I did see a visual change in the vinyl in that arean (a darkening)...although no sonic effect that I could hear. My 2 cents. By the way, speed at which you move the steamer around the record is, obviously, another variable. I start inside and work out. I'm guessing I complete a rotation in 5-10 secs. on the inner grooves and maybe 10-15 secs. on the outer.
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