Sorry if I’m in the wrong category here.
This is my wife’s copy of The Beatles, Rubber Soul which she purchased brand new when she was 13 years old. She cherishes it but has not played it for many years.
It may sound daft, but a wooden toothpick, gently following the groove, can work wonders (it’s not guaranteed of course, depending on the substance). Luckily, the mark is on the run-in, so little risk of further damaging the music.
I cured a persistent jump on a 1968 LP, actually during the song, with this method, - no audible effect apart from the jump ceasing.
I’ve had this issue before with paint specs on the run in grooves. As Stevie says, a tooth pick can work, which I’ve used successfully with a dab of isopropyl alcohol on the end of the toothpick to both soften the end of the pick to act as a lubricant (so it doesn’t inflict marking) and of course loosen the paint spots / grime. Ease of removal will depend on how old and cured the paint specs are. Go gently and good luck.
Could you get away with buying a new copy, and putting the LP into the old inner liner and sleeve?
If subterfuge isn’t going to be acceptable, could you buy a new LP and give it to her as a present AND buy a battery clock mechanism and hands to convert her old paint-spattered LP into a retro looking wall clock? Kits are inexpensive, and probably available from Amazon and similar outlets.
Thank you. I’ve had a word with my wife and informed her of the process you and steviebee suggested and she instantly said “do you want me to do it?”
Of course I said yes. She knows what my eyesight is like.
I thought it was a play on the term ‘plastic soul’ and was the Beatles demonstrating that they weren’t authentic soul singers in the same way as African American singers. It’s nothing to do with footwear as far as I’m aware.
If the paint is gloss, the paint in the groove might be pushed out, or disintegrate at least. You won’t scratch the record as long as the front end of the card is kept flat, plus the card is probably softer than the vinyl.
The none music grooves can be cleaned with a tooth pick as previously advised.