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Unread Aug 31st, 2001, 12:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best way to unwarp records?

As I'm sure many other DJs can relate to, many of my records are a bit warped, either from age, hot summer days, or they just came this way. Does anyone know of a safe way to unwarp their records without risking any damage to them?
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Unread Aug 31st, 2001, 04:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Stick them near a window, or other warm place (NOT THE OVEN) with like a board or telephone book on top. Leave them there a few days, the heat will soften them up a little, enough for the weight to flaten them slowly. When the cool they should be all good.

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Unread Sep 9th, 2001, 11:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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BTW regarding warping the best protection is prevention. In addition to avoiding heat sources and direct sunlight, aways store records standing upright, *not* lying flat (i.e., horizontal).
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You will find that there are many sites dedicated to the art of de-warping records, I had two brilliant sites in my favourites which showed you in incredible detail, how to bring all those records back to life again.

Unfortunately they have both moved homes, so until I can find them, try these on for size.

http://www.angelfire.com/fl5/roadhouse/warped.html

http://www.care-and-feeding-of-vinyl...storation.html

Some of the techniques are quite mad, so feel free to not try this at home.

Unless of course, you happen to find some extremely old, completely warped records of no sentimental (or monetry) value - one thing to make sure of before you throw them in the oven.

Most importantly, as entranced pointed out, they need to be kept upright, Even for a short length of time, e.g. tidying up your room and you decide to stack some records up in the cupboard for easy access later. Come back a month or so later and find your cherished trance 12" wobblying all over your platter.

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Default Prevention is the best medicine...

Actually, I take such good care of my records, my friends crack on me for it. Unfortunately, I was out of town for a weekend and my roommate shut the air conditioner on a hot summer day and left for the weekend as well. 4 days at 100+ degrees = not good...
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you know those insanely heavy rubber mats that come with your technics? take those 2 mats, heat them up, put the flat sides of the mat on the record so the record is kinda sandwiched between the mats, put some thing flat and heavy on top of it.
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you know those insanely heavy rubber mats that come with your technics? take those 2 mats, heat them up, put the flat sides of the mat on the record so the record is kinda sandwiched between the mats, put some thing flat and heavy on top of it.
what do you use to heat those rubber things up and does this acutally work?
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Wow, talk about digging up old threads from the past... (2 years!) What I wound up doing was taking the really warped ones and leaving them in their sleeves, then pressed them between 2 large college textbooks with a few more on top for extra weight. I left these it the eves (my apartment was a converted attic) for the afternoon and they'd be about 50% better after that. The rest, I just made sure to pack really tightly in my crates and eventually they wound up less warped.
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the best thing to do with a warped record is to throw it away, buy a new one and be more careful about your records in the future!!!
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what do you use to heat those rubber things up and does this acutally work?
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Just leave the rubber mats in the sun for a couple of hours. when you do this, be sure that the warped record is still in the sleeve, or else you risk damaging the grooves in the record.
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