Tip How To Clean An Old Album Cover
posted by April 9 at 11:33 AMon
Sometimes when you buy an old album at the used vinyl store, the vinyl itself can be in beautiful condition, but the cover comes plastered in ugly stickers that mar the beauty of the original artwork.
THIS IS A GOOD THING!
Because the cover is so botched by the stickers, you, in return, pay less for the album because it’s not anywhere near mint condition.
Here’s a step by step way to return your album to its original condition. I learned this while working a short stint at Jive Time last summer, thanks to David, RJ, Scotty and the crew, I’m passing it on to you.
Here are the tools you’ll need:
Ronsonol Lighter Fluid
A Razor Blade
A Paper Towl
Ronsonol de-sticks old adhesive, and it evaporates without wrinkling the paper, so you don’t have to worry about any evidence of old stickers or adhesive. Check it out:
Here’s the original cover with five different stickers on it. Four of the old stickers are so old, if you tried to tear them off, no matter how carefully, you’d probably rip part of the old cover art off too. So here’s what you do:
Step 1: Soak all the stickers REALLY GOOD with the Lighter Fluid.
Really soak the stickers so they are very wet, the lighter fluid needs to go all the way through to the adhesive on the other side of the sticker.
Step 2: For old stickers, or stickers that have a glossy surface, lightly scratch the surface with the end of the razor blade.
Step 3: Once the sticker has been soaking for a minute, newer stickers you can lift up by your finger tips, sometimes they even float off on their own! Use the razor blade to gently get under older stickers and lift them up. Gently tear them away. if they still stick - ADD MORE LIGHTER FLUID.
Step 4: For any bits of paper sticker and sticky adhesive that are still on the album, add a little Lighter Fluid to the paper towel and gently wipe them off the album. Here’s a picture of what the album cover looks like after the first part of the process, you can still see some adhesive and a bit of old sticker over the “A” in the title:
And here I am wiping it away:
Here’s the junk I took off the album cover:
And finally here’s what the album looks like now!
Of course this is just some old janky Canadian Christmas disco album, but imagine if you found yourself with a Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Land original printed cover with shit like this on it! Now you know how to increase it’s worth from the $10’s to the $100’s with minimal work. I’ve seen it happen!
And if you are an inspiring DJ who need to put bpms on records, might I suggest using White Masking Tape (you can get it at hardware store paint sections). It has very little tack and comes off very easily without leaving any marks. you can write on it with fine tip permanent marker, and because it has some plastic fiber in it, it doesn’t transfer through to the album sleeve.
There you go, a tip from the pros. Now…Go clean up your record collection!