Are you tired of looking at your turntable’s dusty and scratched dust cover?
Do you want to restore it to its former glory?
Look no further!
In this article, we will guide you through the process of polishing your turntable’s dust cover, using simple household items and easy-to-follow steps.
Whether you’re a seasoned audiophile or a beginner, this guide will help you achieve a crystal-clear and scratch-free dust cover, so you can enjoy your vinyl records without any distractions.
So, grab your microfiber cloth and let’s get started!
How To Polish A Turntable Dust Cover
Step 1: Clean the Dust Cover
Before you start polishing your turntable’s dust cover, it’s important to clean it thoroughly. Use a soft sponge and warm water to remove any dust or debris from the surface. Be gentle and avoid using any abrasive materials that may scratch the cover.
Step 2: Apply Toothpaste or Plastic Polish
Once the dust cover is clean and dry, apply a small amount of toothpaste or plastic polish onto a microfiber cloth. Rub the toothpaste or polish onto the dust cover in a circular motion, making sure to cover the entire surface.
Step 3: Let It Sit
After applying the toothpaste or polish, let it sit on the dust cover for about 10 minutes. This will allow the product to penetrate any scratches or scuffs on the surface.
Step 4: Polish the Dust Cover
Using a clean microfiber cloth, gently buff the dust cover in a circular motion. Be sure to apply even pressure and avoid pressing too hard, as this may cause further scratches.
Step 5: Rinse and Dry
Once you’ve finished polishing the dust cover, rinse it with warm water to remove any remaining toothpaste or polish. Use a clean microfiber cloth to blot it dry, being careful not to wipe it as this may cause scratches.
Step 6: Repeat if Necessary
If there are still scratches or scuffs on the dust cover, repeat steps 2-5 until you achieve your desired result.
Clean The Dust Cover
To begin cleaning the dust cover, first remove it from the turntable body. Then, wet a rag or paper towel with plain water and liquid dish detergent, and wipe down the surfaces of the cover both inside and out. Dry the cover with a towel or let it air dry completely for 5 minutes.
For more stubborn spots, use warm water and a soft sponge. Make sure to remove the dust cover from the turntable and use a soft sponge that is safe for use on acrylics. Once the dust cover is cleaned, use a very soft microfiber towel to blot it dry. Be sure to avoid wiping, which may scratch the cover’s surface.
If you have scratches on your dust cover, there are several options for removing them. Toothpaste or plastic polish can be applied to a microfiber cloth and rubbed onto the dust cover in a circular motion. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before buffing with a clean microfiber cloth in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and blot dry.
For deeper scratches, emery paper can be used to remove the blemish before applying Brasso metal polish and Silvo metal polish to get it totally free of any fine streaks.
Remember to be gentle when cleaning and polishing your turntable’s dust cover to avoid causing further damage or scratches.
Apply The Polishing Compound
If you have deeper scratches on your turntable’s dust cover, you may need to use a polishing compound to achieve the desired result. Here’s how to do it:
1. Start by cleaning the dust cover with a soft sponge and warm water, as described in Step 1 above.
2. Apply a small amount of polishing compound onto a microfiber cloth. Make sure to use a polishing compound that is safe for use on plastic surfaces.
3. Rub the polishing compound onto the dust cover in a circular motion, covering the entire surface. Be sure to apply even pressure and avoid pressing too hard, as this may cause further scratches.
4. Use a damp electric buffing wheel if available, or rub the polishing compound in by hand for about 15 minutes, depending on how much elbow grease you use.
5. Wipe off the excess polishing compound with a very soft cotton rag.
6. Once you’ve finished applying the polishing compound, rinse the dust cover with warm water to remove any remaining product.
7. Dry the dust cover with a clean microfiber cloth.
8. If necessary, repeat steps 2-7 until you achieve your desired result.
Remember to be patient and take your time when polishing your turntable’s dust cover. With these simple steps, you can restore its shine and protect it from future scratches and scuffs.
Buff The Dust Cover
After polishing the dust cover, you may notice that it still has some hazy or cloudy spots. To buff the dust cover and achieve a crystal-clear finish, follow these steps:
Step 1: Apply Automotive Cleaning Wax
Using a sponge, apply a small amount of automotive cleaning wax onto the dust cover. Rub it in well for about 5 minutes, making sure to cover the top and all four sides of the cover.
Step 2: Clean Off Wax
Using a soft rag, clean off the wax from the dust cover. Make sure to use a separate clean rag to avoid any residue from the previous steps.
Step 3: Use PlastX (Optional)
For an even better polished substrate, consider using Meguiar’s PlastX clear plastic cleaner and polish before applying the automotive cleaning wax.
Step 4: Spray with Windex and Liquid Spraywax
Spray the inside of the dust cover with Windex and a shot or two of liquid spraywax, allowing them to mix together. Wipe it up with a clean rag. Repeat this step for the outside of the cover once the inside is dry.
By following these steps, you can restore your turntable’s dust cover to its original shine and clarity. Remember to take your time and be gentle throughout the process to avoid causing any further scratches or damage to the surface.
Repeat The Process (If Necessary)
If you find that there are still scratches or scuffs on the dust cover after completing the polishing process, don’t worry. Simply repeat steps 2-5 until you achieve your desired result. Be patient and take your time, as rushing through the process may cause further damage to the cover.
Remember to use a small amount of toothpaste or plastic polish each time you repeat the process, as using too much may cause buildup and make it more difficult to achieve a smooth finish.
Once you’ve successfully removed all scratches and scuffs from the dust cover, be sure to clean it regularly to prevent future damage. Use a soft sponge and warm water to remove any dust or debris, and avoid using abrasive materials that may scratch the surface.
By following these simple steps, you can keep your turntable’s dust cover looking clean and polished for years to come.
Tips For Maintaining A Clean Dust Cover
Maintaining a clean dust cover is crucial to ensure that your turntable remains in top condition. Here are some tips to help you keep your dust cover clean:
1. Use a Compressed Air Duster: Use a compressed air duster to blow off any dust or debris from the dust cover. This will help prevent scratches from forming when cleaning the cover.
2. Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals: Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials when cleaning the dust cover, as these can cause scratches and damage the cover.
3. Remove the Dust Cover When Cleaning: When cleaning the dust cover, it’s best to remove it from the turntable to avoid any accidental damage.
4. Use a Soft Sponge: Use a soft sponge that is safe for use on acrylics when cleaning the dust cover. Be gentle and avoid using too much pressure.
5. Blot Dry: When drying the dust cover, use a very soft microfiber towel to blot it dry. Avoid wiping, as this may cause scratches.
6. Use Brillianize or Novus Scratch Remover: If you have scratches on your dust cover, you may use Brillianize or Novus Scratch Remover and follow their product instructions carefully.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your turntable’s dust cover remains in top condition and provides you with an optimal listening experience.