I love cleaning my vinyl collection. A clean LP, free of dirt or dust is as pristine as a CD—it has none of the chronic pops and clicks that people have unfortunately associated with listening to vinyl. We’ve all had those instances where a normal cleaning won’t do–where an LP does indeed suffer a dusty calamity where it needs intensive help.
The first thing that comes to my mind in those situations is a good record cleaning machine. For the poor audiophile, I’ve come across budget solutions but never did I think that record cleaning and wood glue would come together in the same sentence until a fellow-audiophile shared this video with me.
Does it work? Is this legit? For some, using wood glue has been a disaster:
I guess wood glue has been around for some time as a method to try, the Record Revirginizer has wood glue in their FAQ. While I can’t speak for the Record Revirginizer, it sure does look like the same concept—just a different chemical mix that they claim is safe for vinyl.
At least one daring user on AudioKarma took the wood glue plunge and posted some impressive-looking photos.
Personally speaking, I’m just not sure I’m ready to switch my LP cleaning methodology and I would much rather trust my vinyl cleaning to a VPI HW 16.5 cleaner than good old wood glue. Maybe—just maybe—for the sake of scientific inquiry I’ll dig up an LP to try this out on. I just need to get up enough courage to do that.