I noticed with not a little horror this morning that my LP12 lid was absolutely filthy… fingermarks, dust etc. I don’t think it’s been cleaned in decades.
Anyone got any ideas on the best way to clean this acrylic (or is it perspex?) lids? I presume harsh abrasives/chemicals are out. But what about something like windowlene? Or something natural like vinegar or lemon juice?
I also have shockingly hard water where I live, and any use of water tends to leave marks.
I’d start with soap and water to get off the “big chunks” and drying with a microfibre towel. That might be all it takes! If the water is so hard that it leaves residue after that, probably a dilute vinegar in water, or a commercial prep that is similar but that doesn’t start with water as hard as yours. But always test on a small back corner first. NO ALCOHOL.
Alcohol like IPA doesn’t attack acrylic (and Perspex is just a branded acrylic). But the only thing it may be better at doing than soap and water is removing residues from adhesive labels. As acrylic is easily scratched, the key is to remove anything gritty very gently, and only using very soft cloth (microfibre as suggested is good). If water is so high in dissolved solids as to leave a visible residue even with immediate removal after rinsing, then ideally get some distilled water purely for the final rinse.
If scratched, you can get acrylic polish from any acrylic shop, with which to polish them out - but anything other than very fine scratches will take a lot of effort.
All this of course applies to other acrylic surfaces (and indeed glass other than the much greater resistance to scratching - and their much more difficult removal and not with acrylic polish): including the fascia of some electronics, some LCD screens - though for both of those wiping with damp cloths not washing, using no excess liquid!
If the lid is really bad - hazy and full of fine scuffs and scratches - then Brasso followed by a couple of sessions with T Cut a lot of elbow grease would usually bring it back from the dead. However, I would only try this if your lid is in a very bad way…
The lid on my Michell Syncro has a few scratches courtesy of an ex-wife who neither loved it as much as I do nor was as careful with it as I am. What is this Novus stuff or is there anything else that I should perhaps look at? The scratches aren’t particularly deep but they are rather long
I’ve used TLC (Turntable Lid Cleaner) from Russ Andrews for the last couple of years on my LP12 lid, it’s a bit expensive at £30 per bottle but a couple of sprays is enough to do the lid inside and out so it lasts for ages and works a treat.