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    Default aw crap! what now?

    somehow i have feared this happening. copious candles set the mood, for sure, but they sure have a large potential for tragic occurrence.

    last night, evidently a candle blown out by the cutely intoxicated female of the house SPLATTERED WAX onto an album that had just finished playing. it isnt like wax was poured on, but there are several wax droplets that must have been pretty warm when they landed, as they are very very thin and spread out. i didnt notice until today when i was refiling music.
    the best solution i can come up with is using a junk cartridge to "play" it out, which i have. has to be a better solution. the plate is average white band, cut the cake; there are some good tracks on there and the vinyl *was* is pristine condition.

    sigh. it is always something.

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    I'm not a vinyl guy....

    So here's my idea lets see if anyone else agrees or has a heart attack over this thought...

    Place the album in the freezer to cool the wax it should clip right off then. Just not sure what coldness does to vinyl.

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    thanks for the suggestion. i did refrain from freezing this plate, however, just in case.

    wow... all the vinyl spinning in this forum and only one suggestion... i have managed to remove most of the wax with some *very* light fingernail-in-wet-towel scraping rinsed with RCF. the wax is still embedded in the grooves, though, and since proper V15 styli are no longer available, i wont be playing this on my "good" (lol) table. (no, my table is NOT worth $1000+, not nearly).

    again, what if i "play" the wax out? the candle in question is fairly soft at room temp. i have an old direct-drive sony table with a good condition (but ho-hum sounding) AT cartridge. i only use it with a digital sampler, and thus it is quite expendable. is this going to ruin the record? i mean, it is unplayable as-is, IMO.

    thanks in advance,
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    I'd hold off for some suggestions from vinyl-heads before taking that route.
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    If you know someone that has a VPI record cleaning machine, that may do the trick. Short of that I would try dissolving the wax with some 97% isopropyl alcohol and lightly brushing the grooves with a soft bristle brush.
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