Anyone ever noticed how the old Beatles flipback covers (amongst others) can get quite grubby where the laminate on the fliback ends on the back of the cover? Well… Isopropyl alcohol (Isocol at about 65%) on a q-tip or microfibre cloth rubed over the grime will remove it pretty quickly and can actually really improve the look of the back of the cover. I would be careful not to rub too hard obviously as you will start rubbing the cardboard away. I generally use the same strength isopropyl alcohol to wipe down just about any laminated lp cover, its great at removing smoke residue, dirt, grime etc and dries very quickly and doesnt seem to do anything but improve the look. I have used furniture polish (Mr Sheen) to shine the same laminated covers on a couple of occasions too, I’m not sure of the long term effects but they sure do come up looking nice. As a side note, I do’not sell records that I buy so any negative long term effects are only going to affect me, and I can live with that 😀
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