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How do I get rid of static on vinyl records? i.e. static cling? -P.V.

” Since I am using VPI record cleaner machine what LAST product I can use to remove static from vinyls LP?”  Thank you, P.V.

Thank you for your question.  The principal cause of static electric charge on the surface of a record is the friction between the playback stylus and the vinyl groove wall that occurs when a record is played.  Another significant source is the process of removing a vinyl record from its plastic inner sleeve.  Because the surface of a record is not conductive (vinyl is an insulator), any static charge that occurs stays locked, immobile on the surface of the record.  During cold, dry weather that most of the country is now experiencing, that static charge builds up and is the source on clicks, pops, and noisy playback from our record players.  As the record is being played, a microscopic, tiny spark will jump from the record surface to the stylus cantilever as an electrical discharge.  That impulse is greatly amplified by the system electronics and results in the “staticky” noise that you are experiencing.

The only product manufactured by The LAST Factory that helps to prevent the generation of the static charge is LAST Record Preservative.  In this application the desired effect comes about because during the playing of a record, the friction is reduced to the point that static does not build up as a result of playing the record.  Having the turntable well grounded (electrically) can help to some extent by allowing an electrical path to ground potential when a static charge is present.  A very light cleaning operation performed on the record just before playing can help by removing the static charge from the surface of the record just prior to play.  I have purchased “Rice Paper” record sleeves from Music Direct in Chicago, IL because use of plastic sleeves can generate static. I also use a Carbon Fiber brush which is grounded to the turntable grounding wire.  The Carbon fibers establish a highly effective path to ground for any static charge, thereby draining off static from the side to be played.  The same step is repeated when the record is turned over for the second side.

I realize that this is a long discourse on your question.  Because of differences in turntable design, vinyl formulation, characteristics of record cleaners, there is no single, easy solution to the problem of static charge on the surface of a record.  I hope that I have outlined some paths that can help lead you to a satisfactory resolution of the problem.

Best regards, Walter