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rydal
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Unusual grunge on record

Hello,

I cleaned an old record that I had just purchased with my normal cleaning regimen (MOFI Super Deep Cleaner + Nitty Gritty record cleaning liquid on the machine). When I played the record, at the end when I raised the stylus, I noticed it was covered with a black, ash-like substance (like cigarette ash). It completely covered the stylus so that for a second I thought the stylus had broken off.

I then recleaned it with MOFI's enzymatic cleaner followed by a steam clean, and then the Nitty Gritty again. On playing the record, I had the same result, just slightly less ash.
Does anyone know what this is and how I can get it off?

Many thanks!

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Hi rydal. Yikes! I've never
Hi rydal. Yikes! I've never experienced this. Did you purchase the record from a store or independent seller? I guess it's possible that the previous owner really abused or neglected the record. If a second cleaning helped, I would say just continue cleaning the record. Let the enzymatic fluid sit on the LP for several minutes before vacuuming.
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Thanks Stephen! This was from

Thanks Stephen! This was from a small store. It's the 1st pressing of Ritchie Valen's first album. I will keep cleaning it.

My fear is that it may be the vinyl deteriorating for some reason. I was also going to try a more than normal quantity of Last preservative to see if it bonds the vinyl more. What do you think?

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