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WD-40 as a record 'crackle' eliminator??

Discussion in 'audio' started by Jonathan, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Jonathan

    Jonathan pfm Member


    has anyone heard of this? i'd be a bit suspicious of the argument that 'since both WD-40 and vinyl are made from petroleum they are naturally compatible'...

    wouldn't that technically make WD-40 a potential SOLVENT of vinyl?

  2. Jonathan

    Jonathan pfm Member

  3. windhoek

    windhoek pfm Member

    Wow! I knew WD40 was great for a whole host of things, but removing static from an LP? I never knew that... but I'm gonna give it a go.

    I'm sure I've got an old, duff record with lots of snap, crackle and pop somewhere and will clean it on my RCM and play it to check the crackle is still there, then apply WD40 and clean it again on my RCM (he says crackle will still be gone after washing off WD40) then play to check whether the crackle is gone.

    I'm getting new windows installed later today, so it'll be tomorrow at the earliest before I give it a go. Will update with results accordingly.
  4. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    It might attack the glues in your cartridge too
  5. Music freak

    Music freak pfm Member

    The thought of spraying WD-40 on vinyl discs is sheer lunacy.
    Years ago, I used a physically scratched and scuffed CD - for checking out a computer program that showed, both visually via a graph / and also percentage - wise (read -out) the amounts of CD fault/ misinformation on the disc
    Then or a silly test, I sprayed it with WD-40 ,waited till it dried then inserted the same CD disc in the computer for a new read-out.
    Talk about a great increase in " blocked out information"!
    Since WD -40 is recommended for aiding 'freeing up rusting bolts & mechanisms etc.........perhaps now, 'someone might just suggest WD -40 to 'get rid of that rust - on CD - oxidized bronzing' on some now ancient rare Cd releases from the past:D:D

    P.S I like the wise words of one Hi Fi retailer once. He stated that top record companies had gone to great lengths - down the years -to engineer and produce vinyl with as perfect of grooves as possible.
    He then asked" Then why in the hell is so many people trying to fill the grooves with gunk additives and cleaners?
  6. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu Expert on very little

    That would be my main concern
  7. Suffolk Tony

    Suffolk Tony pfm Member

    Do not do this. I've seen postings on Facebook suggesting WD40 can do umpteen things, many of which won't work or will cause permanent damage. Some tell you it's made of fish oil (it's not of course). A very bad idea.
  8. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Now that was educational ! But I have questions:

    How does he not know how to hold a record?.....and

    What miraculous method does he use for drying a record in that short time?....and

    If he repeats that procedure with

    a lot of records, how does he tell which is which when the label deteriorates/falls off?....and

    Is water so cheap where he lives?...and

    Does he use throw-away cart's? ...and

    Why the Hell doesn't he buy an RCM and be done with it?

    Utterly ridiculous but entertaining nonetheless.:D
  9. whatsnext

    whatsnext Naimless

    Anyone who has used WD40 for it's mechanical purpose would find this thread and its ideas hilarious. Tweakers are fun.
  10. John Channing

    John Channing fruit box forever

    It will eliminate more than crackle :) Do NOT try WD40 anywhere near your records or record playing equipment, it is a very bad idea!
  11. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    This is akin to a suggestion I read many years ago about using paraffin as a "lubricant" for your records :D:D:D
  12. abbydog

    abbydog pfm Member

    Great to see the silly wire fans out in force on this thread telling people not to do something without trying it themselves...
  13. Julf

    Julf Evil brother of Mark V Shaney

    Indeed. Where are all the open minds? :)
  14. drummerman

    drummerman pfm Member

    The groove walls actually deform temporarily when the stylus whizzes past because of the heat.

    Having a lubricant which eases stylus travel and has both cooling and cold start damage prevention properties is probably not a bad idea.

    For those reasons I would personally use Mobil 1 synthetic. Proven for reduced wear in subzero temperatures for those early winter morning listening sessions.

    Don't sell yourself short with WD-40. Treat your stylus.
  15. John Channing

    John Channing fruit box forever

    It's called knowledge and prior experience, sometimes you do not need to try something to know it is not a good idea...
  16. richgilb

    richgilb I voted out lol....

    Please report back in 6 months with conclusions, whoever applies this to their record collection.
  17. divedeepdog

    divedeepdog pfm Member

    Unscrupulous record dealers wipe with lighter fluid 'Look how clean n shiny this old record is !'

    I wouldn't touch WD40 with a record either
  18. richgilb

    richgilb I voted out lol....

  19. Mick Seymour

    Mick Seymour Member

    I wonder if the presenter picked an Asylum Records vinyl on purpose.
  20. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Well spotted and so apposite !:D

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